unnamed (1)

Today, my firstborn son turns 14! I say it in every birthday post I write, but only because I realize it anew with each passing birthday, so here I go again: It seems like yesterday he was a tiny baby! I can still see his little body swaddled tightly in a baby blanket. Today, he is the same height as his father.

Here is my favorite story about Mitchell:

My dad died suddenly on July 29, 2004, and Mitchell turned two on August 8th. A few weeks after his second birthday, the grief of my dad’s death hit me out of the blue as I was working around the house. I sat down on the side of the bed and wept. Mitch was toddling around the house, and since he was so little, I didn’t think he noticed my tears. I was wrong. He didn’t say much at that time in his life, but he had loud actions. He walked over to the dresser, opened the drawer where Terry kept his handkerchiefs, pulled one out, and handed it up to his distraught mother. I still get misty eyed when I recall it. I took the handkerchief from him, said “Thank you”, and swept him up in my arms. He was the comfort that my aching heart so desperately needed.

unnamed (3)

Here is Mitch, around age two.

Each of my children has brought me measureless joy in their lives. On that summer day in Kansas, Mitchell brought me measureless comfort, and I shall always be grateful. He still kisses me goodbye, (even in front of his friends) and each evening, he kisses me goodnight.

I pray that whatever the coming years bring to Mitchell, he will always keep that sweet smile and loving heart.

Happy birthday, Mitchell.

I’m so thankful for you.


One thought on “Another Milestone for Mitchell

  1. Carolyn Courtney says:

    Yes, I also weep at that remembrance. It is a precious example of his loving, tender heart and compassionate spirit. I know he used to cry profusely when I would leave from a visit with your family, and it would tear my heart out.
    While he now has the maturity not to cry profusely over things, I am glad he still has his tender heart and love for his family.
    I love and miss you, Mitchell.
    Happy Birthday!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to Carolyn Courtney Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: