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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

An Open Letter to My Oldest


Today marks a milestone for you and I .  21 years.  For you it probably means thoughts of going out with your friends and the new freedoms this age will bring.  For me this year means that you are now older than I was when you were born.  We no longer are growing up together.  I'll miss viewing things like that. 

I could go on and on about memories we have shared over your first 21 years but I would rather look toward the years that lay ahead of you and all the potential that they hold.  You have done so many things in life already and have made us so proud of the man you are becoming in life.  I want you to know that no goal is every too high and no job is ever too meager as long as you give them each your very best. 

Where ever the next 21 years takes you always know that I am so proud of everything you do that helps make you a person you are.  We are not simple a collection of past accomplishments or failures we are the product of what we do and continue doing after those accomplishments or failures. 

Happy Birthday Son!  Be good.  Be happy.  Be safe.

I love you,


  1. Happy Birthday Army Son! Such a great post!

  2. (oh i can comment - yay!! im using a different computer)

    awwww. that was sweet. Happy Birthday Army Son!

  3. Beautiful tribute. From what you have told us, your son is quite a guy! Happy Birthday!!

  4. Aww I love that letter! Your son is so handsome. And looking at your pics I really can't believe you have a 21 year old son!

  5. This gave me chills. Happy Birthday to Army Son and congratulations to you on raising him to become that man you talk about. Sounds like you are lucky to have each other!

  6. Shelly. One of my favorite posts ever.
    Thank you for sharing this.
    I started out with chills ended with swollen eyes.
    I. Love. It.
    A mother & her son. Awesome.

  7. Beautiful post today Shelly....Happy Birthday Army Son!

  8. Lovely. You have many, many reasons to be proud of your son, just as I'm sure he is proud of you.

  9. Love this post.....Enjoy the day today. Happy Birthday Army Son. Maybe a run together?