Today is the birthday of my youngest son. He's turning 20, and my oldest is 29, so for the next nine months all five of my boys will be in their 20's. Together. Yikes, how did we ever get here? Certainly, there was a time when my baby never thought he'd catch up to the older brothers he idolized and finally be one of the "big guys." My first four sons came along in a pack, with only four years and three months separating #1 and #4, and then there was a five year break before the birthday boy joined the ranks. For so long, the gap seemed huge and unbridgeable. But it has closed right up over the past few years, and I am beyond thrilled to be able to say that my youngest son and his older brothers are truly the best of friends.
Just thinking of my baby, with his sharp sense of humor (his jokes and impressions often quietly delivered, so that you'll miss them if you aren't within earshot), his drive for excellence in all endeavors, his deep and abiding faith, his tender heart, and his fierce and absolute love for and loyalty to family, makes a lump form in my throat. I adore this boy--or I suppose now I should say "this man." He makes his mother proud every single day of his life. So here's a wish that he'll have a Happy, Happy Birthday with his friends out at Notre Dame. (And that he won't hold the gift we gave him--a ticket to see the Irish get trounced by Alabama in the BCS championship game--against his dear old mom and dad!)
|The birthday boy. I love his face!|
|Mom's boys, at the wedding of my firstborn in 2009.|
|St. Therese, the "Little Flower."|
Last but not least: This is my first "7 Quick Takes Friday" post. I've read some other bloggers' Quick Takes (a Friday activity that was created by Jen Fulwiler at her blog, "Conversion Diary"), and they are very interesting and entertaining. I'm afraid, though, that mine haven't been "quick" enough (not to mention interesting and entertaining enough). If I do this again, I'll try to make all 7 of my takes a little less wordy!
For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!