Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy 22nd Birthday, Colt!

Although, today is not actually Colt's birthday, I wanted a special post dedicated to his 22nd birthday, which was this past Friday, March 4th.  Since it seems as someone has pushed the fast forward button on my life lately, today is the first breather I've gotten to make it to my blog to honor his birthday.

It really doesn't seem possible that he could be 22!  Where did all those years go?  Why did that clever little guy have to go and grow up so quickly?  He's the guy that we cut our teeth on in parenting experience.  We've learned alot along the way. And we're far from perfect!  The one thing I've desired for all my children is that they come to know Him at an early age and that they desire to serve and live for Him with their talents and time.  And he did, and he does.  (Thank you Lord).

We are honored and proud to be Colt's parents.  When he was first placed in my arms, on August 24th, 1989, by the escort at the airport, my life changed forever, for the good.  Being a mom (and wife) is the highest calling and I take that calling very seriously.  The hardest part, at this point, is stepping back and letting him become the man, and not the boy.  Finding that place isn't and hasn't always been easy.  I've learned to turn that part over to God and trust his guidance and protection and plan for Colt's life.  It really is hard to cut those apron strings, isn't it?  Especially so, since I've been home with him everyday of his life, as a homeschooling family from birth to graduation!  And I've never regretted it for a moment.  It's only by God's grace, that I have been able to do what I have and to trust God and also to step back and let Colt be Colt, the young man.

He was full of personality from the first moment we met him - August 24, 1989!

We did go celebrate this past Friday night at a Tim Hawkins concert and out to a late dinner at Ihop.  (If you've never seen Tim Hawkins, the comedian, you've got to see him!  Look him up on youtube.)  As a homeschooling family, we could so identify with his humor!  And everyone knows laughter is medicine to the bones!  :)  Since Thursday through Saturday was also filled with workshops at the Great Homeschool Convention, and Amber was out of town, we waited until Sunday to celebrate with the rest of the family at the Hibachi Grill (which was excellent by the way).  It looks like I'll be back to share highlights from all three kids' birthdays....maybe all in one post!  :)

But today I just wanted to say Happy Birthday Colt!  We love you more than you'll ever realize (until you have children of your own) and we're so glad God chose you to be our son!  You have always been a blessing to us!  I know God is still writing your story and I can't wait to read the rest of it!

Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths."

Love you!
Mom (& Dad, Joy & Luke)


Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Happy Birthday Colt and many more.;)

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Happy Birthday Colt - something tells me this next year is going to be filled with many wonderful moments for you and your family!

Tanya said...

A BIG Happy Birthday to your Colt! I is so hard to have them grow up...I keep saying and feeling "where are my babies?" Our son is 24 and the girls are 22, 20, and 16. It is just so hard to imagine them being that old. And then I always think, "Good grief, and I'm THAT much older too!"
I know just how you feel. I don't think it gets better...I think we just get where we start dealing with it and accepting it! I'm glad to know I'm not alone!

Blessed Beyond said...

Happy Birthday, Colt!!! What a super sweet and touching post, Tammy!!! You are such a blessing! And inspiration to others!!
Hugs and Blessings,

Never So Simple said...

What a great post. Happy Birthday Colt and congratulations.


SANDI said...

Happy Birthday Colt!

Sharing Life and Love said...

Happy Birthday Colt. Chills when I saw his swee baby picture and you re-called those emotions. Becoming a mom is So special and amazing.

You've done sucha wonderful job with your children....

But you need to add just one more...(pressure, pressure...)

And good luck letting go---it is so hard!


Lilly's Family said...

How exciting that Colt is getting married. Life has been so busy here lately that I haven't had a chance to read any blogs or even think of updating my own. It was great to catch up on your family. Miss our email chats. Jan

terrypi said...

Hope you had a super birthday, Colt. You deserve the best!!!

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


ABSOLOUTELY GREAT POST!!!!!!! Happy Birthday, Colt!! I love you!!

I LOVE YOU MOMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Annie said...

Happy happy birthday to your very handsome, Colt!!!!! LOVE the pic of you holding him as a precious little baby!

Kim said...

He is such a cute boy! (Or man!) What a smile. Happy birthday!

Nancy M. said...

Happy late Birthday Colt!!! He has grown into such a handsome young man! What great memories!

LynnMarie said...

What a great post - Happy Birthday to Colt. They grow up so fast and then they are gone and living there life. What a blessing! I gave you an award today so stop by my blog and collect it.

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