Today My Baby Turns 13!

The weather was very similar — sunny and warm in the beginning and then rainy and cold. The schedule still had tons of things to be accomplished. I was almost ready but not quite. That week was going to change my whole entire life.But let me first say it’s been awesome so far.


Thirteen years ago, I woke up at 3:15am. My water broke. This was it. My baby was coming. It didn’t matter that my doctor said I had a couple of weeks yet, nor did it matter that I hadn’t packed a bag. I guess when I was telling the gymnast in my belly to wait until the crib was together, I should have mentioned packing a bag too. Sixteen days early, my impatient baby was ready.


I was as ready to be a mom at that moment as I am to be a mom of a teenager right now — just barely. Oh, I knew the ins and outs of what to do. I knew how to take care of a baby. I just didn’t know how to be a mom. Today, I know how to be a mom. I just don’t know how to raise a teenager….oops;) My baby is turning 13 today but not until 11:45am. Until then, he stays 12, irregardless of what he says 😉 I am so proud of who he is, even on days he makes me crazy.


He is not perfect. His hair needs cut. His eyes sparkle with mischief (that is, when they aren’t staring me down because he didn’t like what I told him to do ;)). He is almost tall enough to look me in the eye and I must say, it’s like looking in my own.  He is so much like me it’s scary…….but he looks more like his Uncle Johnathon. He is smart, funny and becoming — oh so grown up. He is kind and compassionate right along with being bossy. He is a boy full of conflicting emotions and thoughts as he grows into starting his final journey to adulthood. He stole my heart thirteen years ago. His grip is super tight. I can’t imagine a more amazing kid……even if I tried. Today, my little boy becomes a teenager… makes me sad, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Happy Birthday Keagan. May your heart remember to love before hate, to pray always without ceasing, to let go of anger, to learn as much as you can absorb. Live life with Jesus by your side, trust Him to carry you through the tough moments. Yes, there will be tough moments but you CAN do all things through Christ who will strengthen you.

You’ve been excited for this day for a very long time. Finally, you are a teenager but being a teenager is a roller coaster ride like any other. The road from your childhood to adulthood is long. Enjoy every minute. And don’t try to rush being a grown up. You my little boy, are going to be exceptional in whatever you do 🙂

“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

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