Happy Birthday to my Baby!

Twenty-three years ago yesterday at a few moments after midnight, my he-will-forever-be-my-baby son entered this world.

Yesterday, we celebrated that occasion. It was a huge family dinner. My four, their wives and the family of my baby’s wife.

My baby has a wife?

I know. Wasn’t it just yesterday he arrived in the world?

So tiny. This is hours after he made his grand appearance in 1993
So tiny. This is hours after he made his grand appearance in 1993

Right. Yesterday…plus twenty-three YEARS.

But I remember how happy he was as a baby. He made the cutest gurgling noises. Like he was singing to himself.

We called this one the Under the Table Jig
We called this one the Under the Table Jig

And he seemed almost indestructible: falling off decks and through windows. But he didn’t always escape unscathed.

His enthusiasm for living rubbed off on all of us.

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It didn’t surprise me when he decided to take to the stage. People at church  had been saying he was going to be a preacher for years.

Stage debut as a Keystone Cop in Aladdin
Stage debut as a Keystone Cop in Aladdin

He was always a natural ham. Why not add makeup and bright lights?

Like all actors, he had girls hanging off him
Like all actors, he had girls hanging off him

How did he get from a playschool graduation to this in three blinks of my eyes?

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As an adult, he headed off to college. And graduated from that before I’d begun to fathom how he would deal with those student loans.

My two sons...and the daughters they so thoughtfully brought me
My two sons…and the daughters they so thoughtfully brought me

And now, he’s married. He and his wife have their own little love nest. And student loans.

But life isn’t about loans, it’s about love and living each moment with joy.

And this baby boy of mine has been doing that second part well for a lifetime. What’s not to love?

If you know him, how about commenting with a favorite memory?

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2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to my Baby!

  1. Thad has been the life of the party in the family! He is a joy, bubbling with personality and life. There is NO guessing about how he feels about something or what he thinks! I am thankful that I have been part of many important moments in his life! He and Zach were the two that enjoyed the Christmas Eve Pageants growing up – I miss our little ones! Teaching him in Sunday School and on Wednesdays while he was growing up – he was eager to learn. He was a presence on the stage – I so enjoyed watching him! Getting to know his wife, being there at their college graduation and wedding are a few joyful moments ! I have enjoyed watching our children grow up together – listening to their opinions and how they still interact with each other.

    1. Who would’ve guessed they would turn out so opinionated ? :0
      I’m thankful they continue to learn and grow. Even when things are rough in their life, the positive outlook is a blessing.
      And how in the heck has it been more than two decades since they were little ones?

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