I’ve heard a million beautiful stories about daughters—but my story is a little different. You see, for the last 25+ years my journey has been about boys; two to be exact. And to this very day, the three of us share a unique bond. It’s an unexplainable connection that only a mom and her boys can understand

But I’d like to backtrack in time—if you’ll amuse me.

When my oldest was born, he became my world. And as most firstborns do, he showed me an overwhelming love I didn’t even know existed. And for 3½ years it was just Justin & Mama. He was my little shadow, my best friend, and the love of my life.

But it was also about that time when I was close to giving birth to my 2nd child. At the time, I remember, naively, thinking, “How is it possible for a mom to love a second child, or even a third, with as much love as her first?”

But then on December 12, 1991, I gave birth to my Joshua.

As the nurse placed him in my arms that day, I will never forget—every fear, every question, and every powerful thought that had consumed me—all disappeared. It was an instantaneous love that rocked my soul. It was a genuine feeling I couldn’t explain. My heart was filled and this new baby boy… completed me!

So as I sit here thinking about the day you were born, I willfully tell you, my son, it is my right to publicly adore you on your birthday. I wish I could say I’m sorry, but I’m not. Nope! You are stuck with this mama. So embrace me as I ridiculously gush over you, no matter how cheesy it may be, it will be over soon.

You are the light of my life. Your heart is bigger than the moon and as strong as the sun. You are a gentleman, a leader and the perfect combination of cautious and carefree and serious and


ridiculous. You are outspoken and funny and sarcastic—my gosh sarcastic—witty and kind. You are compassionate and generous and loving. Intuitive and smart, you exceed.

I am crazy about all of the choices God made when He was creating you. And I am honored that God chose me to be your mom. By His graces, we made it, 26.

Happy birthday my sweet boy. No matter how old you get, I will shower you with love forever.