So here are some late Happy Birthday Salutes.
1. Madison- our oldest, turned 24 this September. I searched for a photo and found one with him and his favorite little 'work crew' truck. (Grandpa was spraying water on him that day.)
hhhmmm... CREW.... I think it must have had a subliminal effect on him because he grew up to be CREW for big performers. He is currently under contract with "The Boss"... Crew Chief with the video crew. I still remember the day that I came to terms with the fact that my little physics prodigy was not going to MIT. Rock 'n Roll has better toys. This past year he purchased a loft in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon- but he has only slept there a handful of nights. He is in a serious relationship with a great gal.... and he still seeks Mom's counsel-which gives my heart a warm feeling.
The next Birthday Greeting is for Vianna.
When I was in High School- she married my Dad and stepped into the role of Mother for a head strong independent and determined young woman. I remember feeling extreme happiness that I could think about heading to college back east- and I remember feeling all that teen girl angst about another woman in my house. I am the oldest of 4 and you can only imagine that God has the ultimate sense of humor when I became a step-mother to teenagers.... well, I finally understood. This photo was taken when she was 6.
Birthday Happiness #3 is for our youngest, Paris.
Though she moved into my house and arms the morning after her father proposed marriage (yeah! can we move in before Dad?).... We made it official a year ago on our Wedding Anniversary.... I formally adopted her. Paris turned 22 this year. I can still remember the day she knocked on our door and asked to play with Aura. Over the years, the girls plotted and schemed to become sisters. (Parent Trap is a favorite movie for our family.) Paris is attending Northern Michigan University on a partial athletic scholarship (pole vault and javelin)..but her merit scholarship is what makes me most proud. Paris has given me many unique of experiences. I was not athletic as a child and found myself a 'soccer (volleyball) mom. Many weekends of sitting in gyms at tournaments, driving hours across town for team practice, flying across the country for more volleyball too! Paris has discovered the importance of feet. Her plan is to attend Podiatry Medical School next.
Birthday Wishes #4 go to our second son- Ryan.
Ryan was 15 when I married his father. We only had a few short years together before he left home and ended up on the east coast where he has a wife and 2 adorable little girls. We miss him terribly and wish he would come visit. Ryan's birthday is extra special for us because that is the day Brett gathered the courage to propose marriage and join families.