Yep. Here we are. Four days later and it’s another birthday in the Caney house. You probably read in my previous post that I try to write my boys blogs for their birthdays over the past few years. If you want a good cry, you can read my post on him from a couple of years ago– God Gave Me What I Didn’t Want.
My big boy has been away from me for 8 days! We took a road trip to visit family in my home state of Alabama, and then I drove the littlest two boys home last week and left Mikey to stay behind and enjoy a week of small town life. He stayed with my aunt & uncle who played a major role in my own upbringing. He was loved and spoiled there just as much, if not more, than I was as a child. Yesterday, my about-to-be- nine year old, flew on an airplane all alone to come back home to me! What an adventure for a little guy!
Mikey- My beautiful, kind, first-born love,
I woke up yesterday and it hit me that I am halfway done with you. What does that mean, you ask? It means that a person is considered an adult at the age of 18. You turning nine, means that you are halfway to being a grown up. When this realization sunk in, I had a good little cry.
Once upon a time, nine years ago, your daddy and I went to the hospital to have you. I really wish I could say I was excited, but I wasn’t. I was scared to death. I was so afraid I would have no idea what to do with you once you arrived to our family. I had never held a new baby or changed a diaper. I really thought I would break you! Most mommies cry tears of happiness right after the baby comes out of their tummy. But when they handed you to me, I was still so scared of you! Finally, a day or two later, when I had you all alone, I looked at your tiny face and was not scared of you anymore. You became the thing that mattered the most to me and your daddy and all I wanted to do was cover you with love.
Nine years later, I still just want to cover you with our love. You have the most beautiful spirit. You walk into a room and your smile lights it up and your charming personality wins it over. You really and truly love people. You want everyone to be your friend and you can sense when someone is not happy.
We have all learned a lot this year– your daddy and I about you, and you about yourself. Schoolwork has been a challenge in the past and your daddy and I were so brokenhearted for you to know you’ve been feeling inadequate. God has put some amazing adults in your life who love you and who are for you. Adults who understand little boys and what makes them tick. Adults who see all the potential that lies in your gorgeous blonde head.
Now that we are halfway done with you, we have a lot more work to put in over the next nine years. Our prayer for you is that you would be confident in who you are and in your love of God. He made you so special and made you the first Caney boy for a reason. We pray that you would have a hunger for knowledge and seek out things that would make you a well-rounded individual. You are a natural leader, people flock to you, they look up to you, and they do what you ask of them. We pray that you would always use that gift for good and to help others.
You are a gift to this family, Michael, Jr. We are so proud of you. Thank you for starting the legacy that is the Caney Boys!