Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Dear Son,
It is hard to believe the years have gone by so quickly, and today is your birthday. What a blessing you are to both your Dad and I.

The day was a warm August 10th  when I heard your first cry and counted your little fingers and toes. I was already in love with you before birth and meeting you in person was the greatest joy of my life.

From the time you were born, your wonderful ways taught us so much. Your constant staying power has lead you to great success in your life.
You have brought us joys untold and shown through your spirit your big heart and kindness in all situations.

I remember a time when you were a young teen. We went to lunch for a quick sandwich after school supply shopping. As we left the restaurant, you spotted a young mentally challenged boy trying to empty his tray. As we walked by you said, “hang on a minute mom” as I watched, you went over to the boy, helped him and then walked back over to me as we proceeded to leave. I knew then, you were very special and had a big heart, nearly the size of Texas.

Through the years you have always shown love of family. Ready to help in any way. I am forever grateful for the help you always gave when Grandma was sick. She loved you and your care in her last days were more help then you will ever know.
You have always come to my rescue too, like the time the hot water tank burst and water was spraying all over, the time when the frig broke down and the kitchen flooded with water from the ice maker, and when the long black snake was stretched out across the driveway and I feared it went in my studio. I could go on and on, but you know the times and for your love and support, I am deeply thankful.

You always amaze us with your knowledge and wealth of information. Your patience is something I admire about you so much. Oh we’ve had our growing pains through the years as a teen and so on, but you always showed great respect for your dad and I and held back comments or rolling your eyes when we weren’t so cool. I always knew when you were being nice, and love you for that. With each and every work related move through the years, you held your courage, even when I knew it was hard for you to leave your friends and start over in a new school. I don’t know if I could have been so strong. In fact, I know I could not.

Now at this time and place, as you face another birthday, I pray that God continue to bless your journey and the life he has created for you to follow. Stay true to who you are, never forget where you came from and where you are going with God’s direction.
Talk to God often and remember to listen for direction. Care with your heart, it will keep you humble and remember to show compassion for your fellow man. Give all that you can to those that need your help and grateful for all your blessings. And as Grandpa always said, “never let your wants, be greater then your needs.”

Enjoy your birthday to the fullest and know you are loved very much for the little boy you were, the wonderful grown son you are now and the blessing you will always be.

Love you, Always, Mom


Ruth Welter said...

Celeste, you look too young and beautiful to have a grown son. : ) Happy birthday to him...I hope he has a wonderful day.



~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet! I have a birthday boy this week, too and it sure brings back wonderful memories! I love my boys!

vickie said...

Wonderful post, hope ya'all have a fun day!

Unknown said...


Thank You so Much. For the post it means alot. Brings back alot of memories and birthdays growing up.


Ginny said...

You are much too young to have a son that old! Kinda like me! LOL!
Happy Birthday to your son and what a beautiful tribute from a mother who obviously is proud of her son! Boys are fab!!

Anonymous said...

Surely you jest!! This is your.... son. You hardly seem old enough Ms.Celeste!! Happy Birthday to you boy and wonderful tribute to you son! Tammy

Melissa Miller said...

What a wonderfully sweet post!
It brought tears to my eyes.

~Happy Birthday to your handsome son!!! :)

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

what a sweet birthday post for your son:)

Rebecca Nelson said...

"Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."

I believe you son is an extension of you my friend. Loving Parents often produced equally loving children.

Reading your beautiful tribute blessed me more than I can say...

Love, Rebecca

Bertie said...

Oh Celeste, your baby is all grown up. All of mine, too. I still can't believe my youngest can feed himself and he's 39!

What a wonderful message to your son! You are a very thoughtful Mom (and friend).

Aunt May's Cottage

Jennifer said...

Celsete happy birthday to your son.I was able to veiw your blog,so whatever you did has helped I have to highlight the words to see them.Because the page just stays white and only pics show.It has to be the dial up or my computer.I love the window you painted with the roses and bird its really beautiful and that area in your yard is too.Hugs,Jen

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to your son! :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

What a beautiful message to your Son. Lovely photos and he must have received all the wonderful qualities from his dear Mother. Loved the photo of you and your Son together. You must be so proud of him.
Happy Birthday to your Son.

Enjoy your week

Enjoy your week

julia said...

hard to believe its your looks so young...anyway...send my birthday regards to your son....far away from malaysia..and celesta,i really love your house...nice decoration...

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Celestina,
Where has the time gone? We can't have children that old, can we?
What a great tribute to, I'm sure, a well-deserving son! I loved all the pictures taking us through time. The memories are so sweet to have. They grow so fast.
Please give him a big Happy Birthday for me.
Our prayers are answered when we have children that grow up to be loving, caring, productive human beings. We are blessed, friend.
Have a good week.

Unknown said...

What special young man GOD gave you! Give him my B-day well wishes. I know you have been such a wonderful, Godly influence in his life and God has Richly blessed you both!

Have a great week! Love ya!


Rue said...

Happy Birthday to Ryan!

Beautiful post Celestina. He sounds like a wonderful person and I know he is with a mom like you :)


Unknown said...

Oh Celeste!!! This is the sweetest post!! Happy Birthday Ryan!!!! I hope you have the best year :) These pictures are just too cute! What an adorable baby he was and now such a handsome man! I know you are so proud of him Celeste :)

Love and hugs to all of you!

Unknown said...

p.s. LOVE the pic of him in the Spartans shirt!!! We are HUGE State fans in this house!! :):):)

Celeste Maia said...

That has got to be the most beautiful love letter from a mom to her son, Celestine. I was so touched by your wonderful message, your son is lucky to have you as a mother, and you to have such a great son!
Happy birthday to him and happy birthday to such a young looking and loving mother.

Edie Marie's Attic said...


What a handsome young man! Such a blessing! Tears come to my eyes when I think of how loving and wonderful my sons are to me so I know what is in your heart Celeste. We are truly blessed sweetie!

love & hugs, sherry

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Celeste, what a loving tribute to Ryan. You & Larry have every right to be so proud of such a handsome & caring young man. Please give him special Happy Bday wishes from me in McK!

Love being able to go back in time through the wonderful pics & share a part of his growing up that way. How did he grow up & age so beautifully & yet, Mom hasn't aged a bit!!

Love you,
Angelic Accents

Mari said...



Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to both of you, Celeste. A friend once told me that on our children's birthdays it's our birthday too for giving birth is what we did on that special day. I like to include adoptive mamas too because their hearts are just as joined with their children.

Many blessings to all of you.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Happy Birthday to your son Celeste !!!
He is a good looking young man.
Very smart looking too.
You and hubby did a fine job.

I also wanted to wish you a Very happy and joyous anniversary.
Take care Dear and as always May God bless,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Unknown said...

Happy birthday to your, very handsome, son.

Shabby Shan said...

What a sweet post! Thank you for sharing your family with us! I hope your son has a Happy Birthday!

Shabby Shan's Cottage

Ginny said...

Happy birthday to your son! It is hard to believe that you have a son that old, because, girlie, you are so beautiful and young, that no one would guess...
Aug 11 is my hubby's birthday and no one would guess he is so old!!LOL! (don't tell!!)

Jenna said...

I'm a little late posting...I wish your wonderful son a Very Happy Belated Birthday! Your son is everything you and his father taught him to be...what an awesome job you both did and are still doing! You both must be so proud :o) Hugs, Jennifer

Pam Traskos said...

Happy Birthday Ryan! You are such a blessing to your sweet Mom!

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..