One of my first blog posts in Feb of 2009 was entitled “My Girl”!
Since then I have written numerous posts about my girl. Here, here, here, here and here. I sure don’t expect you to go and read these, but if you are new to the blog, you can catch up sometime.
For a lot of reasons I don’t think you can say “I am PROUD” too many times to your child. I never heard that one time in my life.
Most of you know Amanda as Our Girl, the Mom of the BABY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING, mom to Jack aka Woody, wife to Micah, sister to Greg, sister-in-law to Dana, aunt to Austin and Gray.
Some of you know her as my girl that had a baby her senior year in high school and is the greatest testament to the fact that an 18 year old single girl can be the GREATEST of Moms.
I get emails often from Moms that need to know how we did it and what they can do to survive teenage pregnancy. I have a lot of suggestions but that’s not the purpose of this post…Email me if you need to talk. firstname.lastname@example.org
That gift Amanda gave us that May in 1999 was the greatest gift we ever received.
Fast forward to today…when that gift from 1999 is 12…and his Mom will be 31 tomorrow…She is happily married to the man of her dreams, She is his QUEEN.
She has a love affair with two little men that others envy, is a full time nursing school student making all A’s, moving into the most beautiful new house this week. She has a husband that not only adores her but loves Parker like his own.
When I watch them together, I just have to whisper a prayer of thanks…
He has invested more time in fun things with Parker than I ever dreamed possible. There is no doubt in my mind that their relationship was God ordained…Daily I see Micah teaching him how to be a man. Then there is Jack, our wild and funny boy. Thank you Amanda for another incredible gift. This past year on hard days, he has made me laugh. His hugs are priceless…I guess he got that from his Dad.
So as you celebrate your birthday tomorrow…we will all be busy…me getting tree stuff ready…trying to help you pull your house together …..so if we have to celebrate a little late, know that Dad and I are so proud of you.
Here is a glimpse of Amanda's life today!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday Amanda!!!!!!
Amanda is a name derived from Latin, meaning "worthy of love."
I don’t think there is anything in life more rewarding than watching your own child raise amazing kids.
I am going to post this on both blogs since Amanda is responsible for the holiday blogs name…We start trees this weekend, so Christmas pictures coming.
It would sure make me smile if you sent Amanda a Happy Birthday wish…..you can send it to email@example.com and I will make sure she gets it….she is stressed with big tests during their move…so a little encouragement would make her day.
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