Sunday, March 4, 2012

Happy (23rd) Birthday, Colt!

Okay, I know I’ve said this for each of my kids’ birthdays, but this one really seems unreal to me.

Today, Colt is 23 years old. Those years have passed so quickly. It seems impossible that so many years have slipped by since he was the little smiley boy that came home to us! Boy could he turn the charm on (and off) when he wanted!

As a little guy, he was quite the character. Well actually he still is, just in a more grown up kind of way.

Of course, I had to have him dressed to the T, which he didn’t always embrace. And he was a little booger when I wanted to get pictures. And to this day, he still acts up in pictures. I remember every Easter especially, or for Christmas pictures, it would be an ordeal just to get a decent cooperative photo. We would eventually get a picture, and no one (but us) ever knew what went down in order to get that photo!

He hated to take medicine. Oh boy, did he despise taking medicine. I am not exaggerating when I say it always took at least Jason and me to get medicine down him. But many times, my mom or dad (whom live next door) would come over to (or two) to hold him, one to hold his nose, and one to give the meds. And then he still might not keep it down.  (I think he loved watching me clean up spewed out medicine).  :)

He was the little boy in preschool that found multiple uses of his diploma at graduation. Did you know a diploma makes a perfect telescope and a weapon for konking your buddy over the head?

One of my very favorite pics of Colt!

When he was in an uncomfortable position, or one that made him nervous, he went into silly mode. This meant he never wanted to perform in front of a group at all, to his mother’s dismay.

Colt couldn’t be still, period. Homeschooling Colt took a lot of creativity. He hung off the couch upside down as I read to him, or he jumped around. Whatever I could teach him with a game and movement, I did. But he got it. He always got it. He was a boy that needed to move. But if he could move, both of our lives were easier. He still does a lot of multi-tasking to this day.

I tell you all of this to say that he was strong-willed, and sometimes resistant and didn’t want to be in the public eye performing anything. Jason and I discussed this many times. We knew God made Colt to be Colt and that God would use his qualities to his glory, if we taught him to use them for Him. You know God can really use a strong-willed person to do great things for Him!

Okay, so this pic shows how old my couch is.....don't you think it's time for a new one?

Now fast forward. Let me tell you a little bit about Colt today. Since he was about 8 years old, he has been singing, playing the drums, or playing the guitar in church. He serves the Lord with his talents. This is the same little boy that never wanted to be in front of people. That’s what God does!

He still acts silly in pictures, but this is also the same young man that asked me the other night if I would take some pictures of him and Amber. He’s asking me to take pictures!

He is responsible. As a matter of fact, until about a year or so before he moved out into his apartment, he was the one that did most of our family’s laundry. It was a job we gave him at the age of 13, I believe. He is definitely a worker, and a good one at that.

We are so very proud of the young man he has become. He does serve the Lord. He is a responsible young man. Everyone tells us he is mannerly. I’m always glad to hear it! 

He will still always be the Colt that can turn the charm on and off and is a cut-up. That’s the way God made him and that’s just the way he rolls. But I wouldn’t want him any different.

Colt, I just wanted you to know that dad and I are proud of you. We see you making the transition into manhood, not always the easiest way, but with honor. We are so happy that you have chosen to live striving to please the Lord. Our prayer is always that you continue to live your life for God. That’s the one thing we desire for you above all else.

We love you! Happy (23rd) birthday!
~ Mom & Dad ~


Lee Hill Primitives said...

Beautiful post! I am in tears now.... hugs, Eve

Carmen C. said...

What precious pictures and memories, love the adorable outfits! Happy Birthday to Colt!

Hollie said...

Aww, what a charmer indeed! I love those pictures of him from childhood up. What a smile!!! How old was Colt when you guys got him!!

Happy Birthday Colt!!! You are indeed a fine young man!!! A true BLESSING to your parents!!!

jennifer768 said...

Happy Birthday Colt!What a lovely post,love the pics and learning so much about such a wonderful young man.Hugs,Jen

Susannah said...

What a sweet Mom you are to write about your wonderful son. He sounds like a great guy! I wish Colt "Happy Birthday"!!!!!!

Marti said...

How cute to see the growing up. Good job mom and dad, and happy birthday to Colt. Have a good day.

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday wishes to your sweet young man! It's hard to believe sometimes just how quickly time passes when we see it in the faces of our children.
TFS Tammy.
Continued blessings to you and your family.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

What a wonderful Post Tammy, you had me in tears.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

what a handsome young man you have raised..wish him a very happy birthday for me.;)

Anonymous said...

Tammy tell Colt happy b-day from THE Turners

Linda said...

wonderful post, God Bless you and your family

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Happy Birthday Colt! That was such a beautfiul post! Loved all the pictures.

Nancy M. said...

He's grown into such a handsome young man! Loved the pics of him growing up. He sounds a lot like my oldest, with the medicine, and hanging upside down doing his schooling, lol! Great memories!

Happy Birthday Colt!

Mary said...

Dear Tammy,
It is so wonderful tohave children who want to serve the Lord, we have one yungest daughter she is a sweetheart too but loves the Lord and isn't afraid to speak out for the Lord even on Facebook! LOL We have a son married and lives and works in Germany and we have nother oldest daughter. They all have big hearts and would give the shirt off their back. tammy I will be praying for you and your health. I had a stroke a year ago and Dr said I was a miracle walking lady I should be paralyzed in bed but God chose me not to.
Well my dear this is great and i will be writing you later again.
Keep your chin up Tammy as God knows and hears our prayers. He is the same yesterday today and forever!!