Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Just Seven Years Ago....

Jonathan turned 12.

Last Saturday he entered his last year
as a teenager. What a very cool time
in his life.

I wrote his bio for graduation, based on the
formula that we were given, and of
course I thought it sums him up perfectly.

Jonathan, son of Warren and Rebecca, has been homeschooled for ten years. Jonathan attends Sonrise Christian Fellowship. He has attended CV Homeschoolers for the past nine years where he has met some great friends. Jonathan is interested in Airsoft, art, music and writing. He recently began a music review blog and is writing his first novel. Jonathan intends to get a job to support his writing habit. His ultimate dream would be to live in the mountains of Potter County… fly fishing, writing and listening to his music.

He is an artistic and sensitive young man.

We are having a party for Jonathan tomorrow evening
and I was looking for some pictures of him over
the years. How about these from his 12th birthday

Every birthday that Jonathan celebrates
is a reminder of how close we came to
losing him. A major birth defect nearly
snatched him away in his first hours.
But that is another story.

This, however, is one of the
"best" theme cakes I have made.

In case it is not self explanatory
these are Hobbit Houses.
Oh, Jonathan was deep into Hobbits
at this stage of his life.

Of course we never dreamed that only
a few years later we would be
longing for the Grandfathers to be
able to join us on these special
days. Tomorrow also happens to
be the third year anniversary of
Gene's Passing.

Georgia and I sometimes just
shake our heads and chuckle at
the irony of Gene taking his
final breath on April Fools Day.

Man, if only it was a joke.

But, it was not.
My Dad and Gene would be so
very proud of Jonathan.
They both loved him so much
and delighted in his thoughtful
nature. They spent time investing
in his interests.

Thus we have the opportunity
to celebrate a really wonderful
and caring young man...entering
his 19th year of life.

So, my Jonathan, know that you are
loved. You are special.
You are about to begin another
chapter of your life.
Your Daddy and I are so proud of
you and can't wait to see how you
use those special gifts of yours!



Mrs.Rabe said...

Happy Birthday! We look forward to reading his first novel one day!

We'll see you tomorrow night!

Melissa G. said...

I want to read his novel too!
Happy Birthday to Jonathan!

Vickie said...

Becky what a nice tribute to your son! As a mom to two 20+ sons myself, I know the pride that you feel in your heart and the tears that swell from your eyes as you watch him grow up. Seems like only yesterday...

Happy Birthday to your son!!!

ps - we gave my dad one of those silly fish, too!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Awww, Becky, this is sooo sweet! You have done a wonderful job, raising such a fine young man...take a bow. Wishes for the happiest of birthdays and I too look forward to reading his first novel.
♥, Susan

Persuaded said...

Noah is quite entranced with that Hobbit house cake and he is insisting that he'd like one for his next birthday.. which incidentally will be his 12th. Do you think it is something about the age? ;)

Vee said...

Wonderful tribute to your wonderful son. I love that Hobbit're a clever one!

Autumn said...

Cute cake!

Elena said...

What a beautiful post on your son. It is so full of love for him and makes my heart feel so happy for you!! Happy Birthday to Jonathan!

Marydon Ford said...

What a heart warming write of your son, Becky. How blessed you all are.

Happy Easter!
TTFN ~ Marydon

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a beautiful birthday message for your son. It is bittersweet watching them grow up and become adults -- my girls are 22 and 24 now, still can't get used to that!

I miss getting them new dresses for Easter, and putting together Easter baskets. Well, I'll do one basket this year; one daughter will come home for the weekend.

Enjoy your son's progress, and continue to be proud! Happy Birthday to Jonathon,

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Jonathan. What a loving and touching post. They grow up too fast, don't they?