Friday, November 21, 2008

YA MAKE YOUR MOMMA PROUD!

Today my oldest child turns 28. And Jared....I just want you to know how very lucky I am to be your mom. I know growing up with me wasn't always easy. You had to be the man of the house for a lot of years. And I'm sorry for that....along with all the stupid parenting decisions I made along the way. It is a miracle that you don't need extensive therapy!



You were smart and quick as a child....you learned to walk at 8 months and never slowed down. ....


You were the best big brother that any sisters could hope for......I appreciate you helping me to look after them...and try to keep them out of trouble...whoa...it was a BIG job lol....I couldn't have done it without you.




I think if I had to sum you up as a person...I'd tell the story about the time when you were about 5 years old...I know you've heard this one a million times...indulge your old mom....where was I ....oh...there was a beautiful little girl named Jamie....who had a debilitating disease. She couldn't walk at all...so she couldn't play with the other kids in the neighborhood. She would sit out on her front lawn and just watch all the other kids run and laugh and have a great time....and all she could do was sit and watch. And you...with your heart of pure gold....would leave the fun and games....and you would sit beside Jamie...and keep her company.....so she wasn't alone. That's the kind of little boy you were....and the kind of man you have become.





I can count on one hand the number of times you have really made me angry or upset......but there aren't enough hands in the entire world for me to count the number of times you've made me proud!


You sacrificed two years of your life, left home and your comfort zone, spent money out of your own pocket....all to help others. And I know you made a difference in countless lives.



You chose your eternal partner well....and added a beautiful lady to our family. And you two are a constant joy in my life. You're hard working, dedicated, faithful and goofy as all get out. You make me laugh....and you make me thank God everyday that he choose you to be my only son.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JARED-BEARED-WEAR AND TEAR!




I LOVE YOU BEYOND WORDS.....

99 comments:

tam said...

Aww what a sweet touching happy Birthday tribute to your son!What a nice mom you are!
~Tam

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Happy Birthday, Jared!!
What a touching story about the little girl and his compassion towards her. Warmed my heart.
:)
~Becca~

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Happy Birthday Jared!

Nikki,
This is a beautiful sweet post-sounds like you two have a great relationship!

Adventure girl wanna be said...

Awwwwwwwwww! That is the sweetest! It made me tear up. Happy Birthday to your first born!

Adventure girl wanna be said...

Oh yeah! I gave you an award over at my place;)

French Fancy said...

Happy Birthday Jared, you might be a son in a million but you've got a mum (or mom as you lot say) in a billion.

another great post, Nikki. Can't you do a boring one occasionally please, you're showing us all up. :)

beth at aunties said...

Nikki,
I have to wipe away my tears first.
You are an awesome mom to have raised such a wonderful sensitive son as Jared. They do seem to make you proud when they make good choices.
It was a beautiful post♥
Heavenly Father always knows what we need and knew you would need him, to help you with those two gorgeous beauties of yours!
It brought back memories of our own three sons and the two years they spent serving others. Yahoo aren't we the lucky ones!
Hey, while your softer side is showing, I want you to know you are a sweetheart! I really could use your hand;-) Thanks for offering and you really could eat all the goodies you want! How fun to have you and your hubby part of the celebrations:)
A pumpkin pecan sheet cake just came out of the oven, to be frozen and then frosted next weekend for the dessert bar. hmmm it smells so fine....

TMI said...

Oh happy bday Jared! What a special tribute from a loving mom. I love the pic where he's a toddler and standing with a goat - so priceless!!!

Happy To Be said...

" Happy Birthday Jared"

Nikki what a special thing to do for your wonderful son..girl I can feel your love in your writings of him so I know he can also..great post..your family if beautiful girl...hugs and smiles Gloria

Darlene said...

What a special post for your son. Happy Birthday Jared!

JyLnC said...

Sniff, Sniff - that's an awesome tribute. I hope your son has a wonderful birthday!

The Blonde Duck said...

Sooo sweet!

KC Mom said...

What a wonderful gift you've given him. Great kids don't just happen without a great mom. I know you are that great mom. I love your Barney song...makes me smile with your words. I sometimes worry that I've damaged my oldest child as all my trials and errors have been performed on her first. It's amazing how resiliant they are and what a treasure our first borns are to us. They are the ones who have known us the longest and still forgive us. Hope your boy has a great Birthday.

Saucy Scribe Debora said...

Okay, I cried! Your son is lucky to have a mom like you - hope he has a wonderful day, sounds like he deserves it :)

Kristen said...

Ohhhhh... how sweet...what a great guy. The man he has become shows what a special life he had growing up. "They " say boys pick wifes similar to their mom.
Happy Birthday

laurie said...

What a wonderful tribute to your son. I love the story about his compassion for a little girl who couldn't walk. You are apologizing for things you did wrong, but you obviously did something very right to have raised such a kind and loving son. Happy Birthday Jared. laurie

tammy said...

Happy Birthday Jared!

Love,
Some strange woman that stalks your mother over the internet


What a sweet post. Love the story about the little girl. You raised him well, Nikki.

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Nikki! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JARED! I'm wiping the tear eyes; what a sweet kid being kind to that little girl; the pic of your 3 together with their devilish grins brought a smile!lol You done good Nikki!!! Have a great weekend - Sincerely, Jeannette

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

He sounds like a soul that has been here before and already learned from prior experience. I have a nephew like that.... Happy Birthday Jared!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

GaleForceOne said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY BABY!!
I LOVE YOU!!
ADU'MAL

your Babygirl

Smilingsal said...

It sounds like he's a son to make a momma proud.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Okay, I'm all teary eyed and it's not even my son. Give that kid a hug from me too. And give yourself one as well.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Beautiful tribute! You are a great mommy!

J'Ollie Primitives said...

Happy Birthday Jared!
Good job Mom!

Shannon said...

So sweet!

Happy Birthday, Jared!

Joops said...

Happy Birthday to your son! he grow up good because your the best mom for them..

Bo said...

Happy Birthday Jared...Gosh darnit Nikki, this was such a sweet & touching post...do I detect that you love your babies?! ;-) Bo

Shelia said...

Happy birthday to Jared!! What a sweet post, Nikki!! Thank God for children...especially when they're all growed up!! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Carolynn said...

Wow, what a great guy. You deserve to be proud, mama.

BTW, I have an award for you over at my place....I know you already have a sidebar full of 'em, but what the hell. I wanted to give it to you. :o)

Carolynn

onlymehere said...

Happy Birthday to Jared! This is a wonderful tribute to him and I hope he gets to see it! He sounds like a wonderful young man.

imjacobsmom said...

Could you pass me a tissue, please.....okay, Happy Birthday Jared! Nikki, you're agreat Mom - so sweet! Jared sounds like a great guy and you have the cutest family! (oh boy, a walker @ 8 months - you were a busy Mom -- Jacob didn't officially walk on his own until he was 17 months old - he was so spoiled his little feet never had to touch the ground!)

Straight to Your Hart said...

WHat the H?? Tears this early in the morning. YOu rocked with this post!! What an amazing son you have. Happy Birthday to him..

Jill said...

What a special birthday message! Your son is lucky to have a mother like you! :)

squawmama said...

Good Morning NIKKI and a very Happy Birthday Jared! What a wonderful tribute to you sweet son... He sounds like such a wonderful young man... Congrats on raising such a winner... Have a wonderful day celebrating his birth...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

ko said...

that is so sweet! :) HOW AWESOME! HE Sounds like such a wonderful person! He has to be though if he is yours!! :) Precious pictures....Precious story about the little girl! :) Happy Birthday JAred!

cedwards55 said...

Nikki, This is the first time you've made me cry. I'm so proud of the mother you are! Parenting is NOT for sissies and single parenting is only for those made of steel! Thanks for being a super hero and such an inspiration. There's something so special about the mother/son relationship. And Jared.... happy birthday! I'm glad you were born and I'm so happy to learn more about you. Now, go eat some cake!!!! Carol

jori-o said...

Aw, Happy bday (belated!!) to Jared!

Donna Marie said...

Awwww Nikki that was sooooo sweet! Happy Birthday Jared Bared!!!!!!

xoxoxoxoxoxo
Donna

Donna Marie said...

Awwww Nikki that was sooooo sweet! Happy Birthday Jared Bared!!!!!!

xoxoxoxoxoxo
Donna

Mama said...

Nikki, I come to your blog because I know it will make me laugh and feel good,this post was different it made me cry but I still feel good, happy birthday Jared, he is a lovely young man. it is my son's birthday tomorrow another reason to feel good, have a lovely weekend, hugs, Kathy

Loving Annie said...

Happy Birthday to your wonderful son, Nikii ! That was a very touching present you gave him here with that :)

Lynette said...

AWWW Nikki - that one brought tears to my eyes and I'm at work - not fair!! Happy Birthday Jared!! I was a single parent for 12 years, got me a good girl and hubby though, so I kinda' know where you're coming from!! Great post - you're lucky to have such a great family!!
Have a great weekend.
Lynette

Liz said...

Beautiful post! What a good mom you are!

~♥~ Monica S said...

Beautiful!!

Needless to say a whole lot more!

Monica

Neabear said...

Happy Birthday to your son Jared. Your son is one day less than a month older than my son. He will be 28 on Dec 20th. Can't believe he is inching his way towards 30! Me!?! With a child that is almost to his 30th's??? Nah, I can't be that old!

Susan S. said...

Jared sounds like a wonderful son and I can feel how proud you are of him. Don't forget to enjoy EVERY single moment with him and the rest of your blessed family! Happy weekend!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki,

Happy B'day •:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.* •:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.•:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.*•:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.* to your sweet boy !! It sounds like you 2 have a wonderful Mum/Son relationship, what a very touching post.

My son has the same heart so I know what you're saying. He was 9lbs 2ozs of pure joy !! Almost killed me getting here, but otherwise :)

Have a great week-end,
Kathy :)

Southern Lady said...

Nikki, you words caused wave after wave of chill bumps to wash over me as I read them. What a precious and loving tribute to Jared ... he sounds like an exceptional young man and I'm sure he's as proud of you as you are of him.

Happy Birthday, Jared! May it be filled with everything that makes you happy!

Sincerely,

Janie

Tristan said...

That was so sweet! Happy birthday to your Jared!

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday Jared. What a great story of when he was 5. He must have got his kindness from his mom!

Renna said...

Wow, if he wasn't already your's, I'd be ready to adopt him on the spot! You sound very blessed to have him as a son. :-)

Midwest Mommy said...

Oh happy birthday. What a sweet sweet son you got there.

Mamarazzi said...

sweetest post EVER!! love it!

Mariafer said...

Hi Nikki, thanks so much for stopping by, the last two weeks had been very tough, I'll be posting soon...
This is the first time a post from you make me cry, I was a single mom of a hearing impaired boy until I met my husband 8 years ago and I know how hard sometimes it is... you did a great job!!
Happy Birthday Jared,
Lots of hugs
Maria

momstheword said...

Happy birthday to your son Jared. What a beautiful post. Goodness, you had me tearing up and I don't even know him!

Firefly said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JARED!!!

That was so sweet the story and pictures :) :)

sandi said...

I love boys! Aren't sons the greatest?

Heather said...

I think this is the first post of yours I have read where I've cried! What a beautiful tribute to your son. He sounds like an amazing person!!
I am having a giveaway- stop by!!
Have a great weekend!
-Heather:)

Ginger said...

Hi Nikki:
A beautiful post in honor of your son. I hope he has a very happy birthday.
The baby pictures of your kids are so darn cute. Makes you want to start all over doesn't it? lol
Ginger

Pearce Fam said...

So sweet! You left out the stick wars though, those were his fav ;). I'm glad I found you :)

Chris said...

Hey, I cry easy. Happy Birthday Jared....I'm sure Jared knows he has the sweetest Mom too.


Hugs,
Chris

nikkicrumpet said...

Hey Kathy: I sure wish you had a blog or somewhere I could say "hi"...thanks so much for always dropping by..and for your sweet comments. You warm my heart!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday Jared!

Deb said...

Well pass the tissues to me! Very touching. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JARED!!! AND MANY MANY MANY MORE!! You've made you Momma proud, and I'm proud of you too, just by hearing your story! Deb

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Happy Birthday Jared! He sounds like a mighty fine young man, and one to truly be proud of!

Love all your goodies you received in the mail! :)

Have a wonderful weekend! ~Rhonda

Jeanne said...

Awwww, Nikki, your tribute to Jared is beautiful. Jared could be my son with those words so perfect to describe him. I guess sons can be kind of alike when you are raising them. The growing up process is probably the same for most moms around the world. The outstanding thing about Jared is his soft hearted soul. A son to be proud of just as you said. Happy birthday Jared, I haven't met you but I think you are a terrific guy.

Hugs, Jeanne

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday to Jared!

(It is a good thing I could type that because I'm so choked up that I could never had gotten it out in words!)

ceekay said...

Hi Nikki...thanks for stopping by and saying hi! Well pass on birthday wishes to your Little boy!

momstheword said...

Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment. What you said is exactly what happened when my mom moved in with us. In the beginning of packing, she kept more stuff...toward the end, she was toss, toss, toss!

BTW, I had to visit your blog when I saw a dog as your profile picture, I have my new puppy on mine as well!

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

Ah, how sweet this post was! He sounds like a wise man! Good job mom!

Charli and me said...

Good evening Nikki. What a lovely tribute to your son. He sounds like such a fine young man. Give him a birthday hug from Charli and me.

tardevil said...

Oh what a sweet post! And wasn't he the cutest little boy ever with his beautiful heart of gold & blonde locks (that I have to pay for)? OMG, but excuse me, I HAVE TO TURN BARNEY OFF? Really, you know that wasn't necessary, don't you?! :O) LOL & Happy Birthday! You're blessed.

Anna Lefler said...

Oh, my goodness what a beautiful post! Such a lucky boy...and man...to have you for a mama! Happy birthday all around!

And thank you for the super-sweet message on my blog. Shucks! You got me all flustered and teary! And the feeling is mutual, BTW. I'm SO happy I found you out in the bloggy-sphere, darlin'!!!

Have a great weekend and I'm sending you a big (((hug))).

XO

Anna

Nin said...

Happy Birthday Jared!

AJ said...

What a sweet post:) Reminds me that my kids too are resilient and that I probably haven't caused too much damage;) Happy Birthday Jared!!

Tootsie said...

happy birthday!!!!! I hope you have a great weekend!

Michelle said...

It sounds like you have raised a great young man.

Happy birthday Jared!

salmagundi said...

Those only sons are pretty wonderful, aren't they? Tell him Happy Birthday for me with best wishes for the future!!! Sally

judicreations said...

Happy Birthday to Jared
That was such a lovely lovely post...it was so emotionally beautiful. I have 2 sons and I am sooo grateful for having them. Like your Jared they mean the world to me and they have always been such good guys and so supportive.
Count your blessings as I know you do...and enjoy.
have a lovely evening.
Judi

Marrdy said...

Nikki-That was beautiful and Jared is lucky to have such a wonderful mom. I know he wouldn't have turned out to be the kind of man you talk about if you hadn't been a great mom!

Happy 28th Jared!!

binders said...

Awww. Happy Birthday Jared! You are blessed with A LOT of beautiful, amazing women in your life. Lucky guy!

Becky said...

Nikki, that was the sweetest tribute to your son! I'm sure he has the best things to say about mamma too!

Happy Birthday Jared!

Picket said...

Happy Birthday Jared!!! Nikki that was priceless girl! Have a great weekend!

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Awww Nikki! This was a wonderful, touching post! For him to grow up an become such a great young man, he had to have a great Mom to raise him! You had me tearing up - especially about his little friend who couldn't play and him helping with his sisters. What a wonderful son you have. I only hope my two boys can grow up strong and full of compassion like your Jared has. Happy Birthday Jared!

Tracey said...

Nikki,
What a wonderfully sweet post about your son.....and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JARED!!! You don't give yourself enough credit...you must have done an awesome job raising him since he is such a great person....like his momma!!!
Tracey

The Berry's Patch said...

Oh my, is that Barney playing? I haven't heard that song in awhile. What a sweet tribute to your son. Happy Birthday Jared!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Happy Birthday, Jared!! What a sweet momma you have.

Nikki, I loved your post!! What a great kid you raised.

Michael said...

Awwww...super cool. Happy Birthday, Jared!

amelia bedelia said...

happy birthday jared! so sweet!

Sue said...

Okay...add me to the list of criers....very very touching...I hope your son appreciates you for being such a loving mother....Happy Birthday Jared....

Bridget said...

I'm always the last one to the party! Dang the cake is all gone. I hope Jared had a happy one!
Hugs, B.

Tootsie said...

90 comments? what are you a celebrity? lol
please stop in today and then again on Monday....I have something to give to you both days.

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Awesomely said from an awesome mom!

Happy belated birthday Jared! Your life must have been wonderful growing up -- if your mom made you guys smile as much as she makes the rest of us!

Cookie said...

Aww, this is so touching. Jared, and your other kids, must be proud to have you as their mom, too!

Susie Q said...

Happy birthday Jared! Your mom is a hoot. So, was growing up with her a riot or completey embarrasing? I mean, depending on the day, my son would tell you both! *laugh*
But, since we all LOVE her, we KNOW that YOU are pretty darned special. After all, you are HER son right? : )

Happy Birthday and may this year be one heckova great one for you!

Love,
Sue

Janie said...

Happy birthday, Jared!!

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday, Jared!

Penny said...

Awe, that was so sweet I teared up! HBD Jared!
Penny

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