My oldest is 21yo, today!! wheww-wheeww

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My oldest is 21yo, today!! wheww-wheeww
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Sun, 07-13-2003 - 5:45pm
I didnt think i would ever make it. He is 21 today and doing very well. I can say with confidence now that dh and i are on this side of the child-rearing endeavor, "we done good", if i do say so myself. yes, im proud!!

this is the kid who worked us over. i always say, he provided us with the opportunity to experience parenthood to the fullest. we were able to meet all the principals, administraters and teachers, to the point where we were on first name basis by the end of the first semester....every year. we learned all the rules and laws that go along with suspension, in school and out of school, detention, summer school and extended school. i always told my son, for someone who hates school so much, he spent more time there than most. by the time he graduated(oh, yes he did), he could have earned a doctorate with all the extra time he spent there, making up for laziness, or just plain dumb moves.

i should probably share, i was a sahm, when he was little until he was eight years old, and took he and his siblings to church on a regular basis. i bf him, and whats that new term? attachment parenting?, did much of that. sang, read, discovered, played, worked, and prayed together with him. talked, talked and talked somemore as well as listened. sought out help for him when grades started to fall, fought for him, with him and against him sometimes, in the name of love for my child. i was so very scared during this time he would do something that would be fatal for him, as he just couldnt understand the ways of the world, and just when i thought it would all come to a head, his hormones leveled off, and so did the tone of his voice and the message of his words.

he is truly a kind hearted, considerate, compassionate, very intellegent, respectable, responsible adult who dh and i are very proud of.

aside from all of this, he is probably one of the funniest people i have ever met in my life, and that is one of the most important things i think we need in our lives. i can truly say without a doubt *i* gave him the gift of laughter.

today my son is 21, and i couldnt be more proud of him. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEE OLIVER!!

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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 6:34am
Ain't it cool?? *i*i*i*HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEE OLIVER*i*i*i* Wow Beth, congrats! I don't remember much about my firstborn turning 21 ... I think we went to dinner, he didn't want anything special. My ds is opposite to Lee; Jared is reserved/shy and excelled at every subject in school and teachers/administration loved him ... but he may be different when around his friends, LOL.

Linda

 

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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 8:13am
Happy Birthday, one day late, to my first dear nephew!!! I spoke to him yesterday afternoon, my BIL and SIL and Ben and I sang happy birthday to him over the cell phone. He's a cutie, alright, but man he was a tough one!

Congrats to both of you on his 21st birthday!

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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 9:20am
Happy birthday Lee! Give your parents a big thank you that you made it this far!

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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 5:40pm
ahhhh, thanks, lauren!! kenny told me you all sang to him over at uncle kenny's house. that is so sweet. i wish i could have been with lee.
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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 5:41pm
ahhhh, thanks p&j!! that is sweet. we worked hard with that one, and thank goodness it wasnt in vein. LOL.
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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 6:31pm
it is cooler than i thought it would be. i still cant believe im the mother of a 21yo, tho!! LOL thanks, linda!!