Yesterday, our boy turned 16!  Sixteen? How did this happen? It’s truly remarkable how quickly time passes.

It really breaks my heart to think that this boy will leave us soon and I just know it will come quicker than I’ll be ready for .  He is my heart, I love him so dearly.  He’s so kind and quietly thoughtful. Yet, his dry wit floors us each and every time he drops one of his priceless quips. He’s quite the one-liner kind of guy.

He’s definitely the child I’d like to get inside his head and figure out what’s going on in there and what he’s thinking. I worry, always have. And yet, I’m so very proud and know I shouldn’t worry given the  man he is becoming.  He’s smart and has such a calm wisdom about him. I just know he’s going to do great things with his life.

He’s always been a very patient and caring big brother.  I think that says a lot about him.  He gave Emily the nickname we call her most by, “Em”. He always included her in his play even when he was with bunch of little boys.

He has a passion for his music that is so admirable. We gave him an electric guitar just last year for his birthday and I think it’s the best gift we’ve ever given him.  He’s constantly making up new riffs and trying new things. He totally rocks!

He’s been our chauffeur a good bit of this year with his driver’s permit and will get his license and probably a car sometime this summer.  I just realized how freaked out I’m going to be watching my boy drive away alone!!

I’m reminded of his first day of kindergarten.  His school required children to ride the bus on the first day of school if you were going to ride it regularly. No exceptions. I was so worried. I watched that little boy get on that big, yellow bus, snapped a few photos and then the tears started to pour. And then instinctively, I grabbed little, toddling Emily, buckled her in the van and followed the bus all the way to school.  It made me feel better to know he’d gotten there safely.  Can I do that when he drives off in a car too?

We finished the birthday celebration last night with his favorite, signature birthday dessert…

Apple pie!! I gladly make it for him every year. It’s a labor of love, always. 🙂  We love you Miles!!

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  • Ellie A.
    May 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Happy Birthday to you son. Yes time sure does fly..sigh.. 🙂 <br />My oldest is turning 13 in Sept. and will be graduating from 8th grade &amp; then head off to H.S. GASP being he&#39;s been in the same school since 1st grade I&#39;m already freaking out Ha.. But I know he will be awesome. Its so wonderful to see them grow and be so amazing isn&#39;t it? 🙂

  • Samantha Sibbet
    May 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    ahhhh, what a sweet post for him to read later. My littles are 3 and 5 can&#39;t even imagine my life with 2 teenagers. guess that day will be here sooner than later!

  • Keshet
    May 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    What a sweet post, Leslie!! happy birthday to your guy:)

  • Kelly Noel
    May 24, 2011 at 3:43 am

    awwww, i can&#39;t imagine my boys being 16! i know time will fly and i&#39;ll be there before i know it. happy birthday!


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