From toddler to tween

Today is JD’s birthday. He is turning 11. ELEVEN!!

Each year that goes by with my kids, I look back on when I met them. Obviously,my first memories of AH are from before she was born but LD and JD were 4 and 2 when I started dating their dad.

I was thinking about how little JD was back then and broke out the old pictures. It wasn’t long before I came across these…




Is he not the most adorable little man? So stinking cute.

Now, fast forward a few years (or eight) and look at the handsome young man he is.




I can’t believe how fast these years have flown by. Only two more years and he’ll be a teenager. *sniffs, chokes back tears*

Happy Birthday, sweet boy.
I love you.


Boy Wonder

I wonder if he knows how amazing he is.
I wonder if he knows how smart & funny & caring he is.
I wonder if he knows how much I love his imagination & talent for creating things.
I wonder if he knows that out of all the boys in the world,
God gave me him; How lucky am I?!
I wonder if he knows I love him with all my heart & soul,
even though I never carried him in my belly.
And in a world that can make a person feel invisible,
I wonder if he knows just how much he matters.

I hope I tell him enough. I hope I show him enough.
So he will know.