Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dear Son, Happy Birthday!

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 much like today 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. Along with her,
you were the pride and joy of your grandpa!!

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 refrigerator 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 I 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 my son 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 your Mom 


Creations By Cindy said...

Happy birthday to your good looking boy! How precious this was to read this morning. Wishing him many blessings. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

R's Rue said...

Happy Birthday.

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At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I loved reading this tribute to your son. It sounds as though you two have been able to share a true friendship throughout his lifetime, and I wish you many decades of years left to enjoy that love and friendship.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Happy Birthday to your son!

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful birthday tribute to your son! Blessings to all of you!

Linda said...

This is probably THE most beautiful thing I will read today! Happy Birthday to your son and a happy day celebrating his life for you!

Donna said...

Happy birthday to Ryan! I just love this post, Celestina. You and Larry have done an amazing job raising such a compassionate, thoughtful son. I had tears in my eyes reading. I know you both are so proud of him, you should be! And he is blessed to call you Mom and Dad:)

living from glory to glory said...

Thank you for sharing your greatest love and joy you have for your son!
I know that having a son like the one you described is truly a gift from the Lord!!
Happy Birthday to You and we all think your Mom is pretty cool :o)
Blessings, Roxy

Valerie-Jael said...

What a wonderful tribute to your son, he must be a lovely man. Happy birthday to him, and I love that you are so proud of him. Hugs, Valerie

Sue Kosec said...

What a beautiful tribute to you son. He sounds like the type of person a mom is proud of. Happy birthday to him and Happy Labor Day to you!


Debby Ray said...

Oh such a sweet post! There is no doubt he takes after his mother...even looks like you! Wishing him a happy birthday. How is it that you look the same as you did in that pic of him when he was little?? :) Hugs!

Daniela said...

Happy Birthday to your beloved ... child and thank you for sharing such a touching post telling us all the love you feel for him, you're such a Lovely Lady, Dearie !

Wishing you a most lovely day today, and weekend ahead,
I'm sending hugs, love and blessings on your way


Red Rose Alley said...

Happy Birthday to your dear son, Celestina. These are treasured pictures and memories of him growing up, and what a wonderful post with very special words to celebrate his day. Mothers and sons have a bonding that can't really be explained. And I love this picture of you and your son. As I'm looking at these pictures through the years, I see your features in him, especially your smile.

Wishing him a beautiful day filled with all the things that makes him happy.

love, ~Sheri

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Happy Birthday to your amazing son. The wonderful pictures of your boy growing up. You and Ryan have something special and I can tell that you to have really bonded.

So Happy Birthday on his special day. He sure is a good looking man,

krishna said...

Happy birthday.... He was such a cute baby..

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Such a sweet post for the kind of son we all pray for! I think you and his Dad had a little to do with his sweetness and compassion and for that you have parented well.

Unknown said...

What a wonderful tribute to your son. He looks so much like you!!

Sandi said...

OH! This was beautiful.

Congratulations on raising such a wonderful son.

Linda Walker said...

This post brought tears to my touching. He looks as though he was a very happy baby, such sweet photos growing up over the years. Wishing him a wonderful birthday! You raised him well....xo

Claudia said...

Hi dear Celeste,
what a lovely Birthdaypost to your dear Son!
Happy Birthday to him and all the beste wishes!
Have a lovely weekend, my dear friend,
sending Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Stacey said...

This is so sweet! I'm a mom of sons too and I understand.

Happy Birthday to your handsome son!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful tribute to honor your dear son on his birthday, Celeste! Our children will always be our babies, no matter how old they get. I'm sure your son is a great guy because he was blessed and raised by
pretty special parents. Love and God bless him and you!

NanaDiana said...

What a beautiful, beautiful tribute to your son. Your son and my son, Ryan, are so much alike. Aren't we blessed? I pray he has many wonderful years in his future and that life brings him everything he deserves. He is a wonderful young man.
Happy Birthday to your wonderful boy! xo Diana

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Happy belated birthday to your son..what a handsome man he is.. It was a beautiful tribute to your son. Have a wonderful weekend...

Susie said...

Celestina, This post made me feel so good inside...knowing your son was a great kids and is now a grown man with people who love and appreciate him. Happy birthday to you boy. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

Conniecrafter said...

Awww, such a wonderful post about your son, sounds like you have raised a sweet boy into a wonderful man.

suziqu's thread works said...

What a lucky son to be the mother of such a beautiful woman. Such a lovely friendship you share with him - you and Larry!
So beautiful to read and thank you for sharing with us Celestina!

Junkchiccottage said...

Happy Birthday to your son. What a handsome guy.

Art and Sand said...

What a sweet post!

Kim said...

What a lovely post...and it goes by way too fast, doesn't it? xo

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

What a sweet post. Precious memories!

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Afternoon Celestina Marie, I am a little late in wishing your son a happy birthday and for that I am sorry.
Your son is a wonderful, kind, generously spirited person and I feel honoured that you shared so many wonderful memories with us.
With warmest wishes.

Lowcarb team member said...

A wonderful post.
Belated good wishes to your son.

All the best Jan

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your handsome son sounds like a wonderful young man - you must be so proud of him! Sending belated birthday wishes his way. Love the sweet photos. xxx Karen

Laurel Stephens said...

Such a moving tribute! Belated birthday wishes to your son.

Anonymous said...

What a nice tribute to your son. :) It was really nice seeing all the photos throughout the years. You truly are blessed.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Clestina Marie,

Happy belated birthday wishes to your handsome son and I know how proud you must be of him. Lovely family photos.
Hope all is well and wishing you a happy weekend

Patti said...

What a lovely post in honor of your sweet son. Hope his birthday was a fantastic one. Even more, may this next year of his life be filled to overflowing with good things.


A Joyful Cottage said...

I just saw your IG post and came over to read your blog. What a lovely tribute to your son. You have reason to be proud. I hope he had a wonderful birthday. I'm the mother of a son, my only child. What a blessing he has always been. Now 40! Married with teens. The years fly by. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Celeste, happy birthday to your handsome son. This is such a sweet post and brought tears to my eyes. What a blessing to see your child grow up into a wonderful person. Thank you, sweet friend for popping in to see me and for being my blog friend through all of these years.
You are the sweetie,
Shelia ;)

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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..