Monday, March 19, 2012

To My Son

Dear Brady Todd,

I can't believe you are 9 years old today.    It's hard for me to remember "me" before you were born.  I had no idea when you were growing inside my belly how much you would change my life.  You have made me want to be a better person...and I strive to do so everyday.  The joy you have brought to my life is immeasurable.    I love being your mom and I thank God everyday for letting me do so.   And, even though I would love to freeze time and keep you at the age your are right now...I can't help but be proud of the young boy you are turning into.

I thought today I would tell you a few things I love about YOU.

* that you are quick to pat someone on their back to lift their spirits.  I see you do this often...and there's nothing that makes me more proud of you than that gentle kindness you have for others.

* your sense of humor.  You always are able to make me laugh (even when I try not to!) at your silliness.  I love all the "inside" jokes we share.  I think these little things are what make our family (or any family) special. 

*  that you care about my feelings and never want to disappoint me.

*  that you wake up every morning with a smile on your face.  Unless you are sick, you have never waken up on the wrong side of the bed.  Since day one, Dad and I have always been amazed by this.

*  that you would give all of the money in your wallet to someone that needed it without hesitation.  Whenever we are out and about and you see somewhere to always ask if you can.

* you never mind me taking pictures of you.  I think this shows that you are sensitive to what's important to me.

* that you often express your gratitude.  You always seem thankful and appreciative for what you have.  You often say, "thanks for taking me here, or thanks for making _____ for dinner."  Sometimes at the end of the day, you thank us for a great day.  So sweet.  

* that you are naive.  Dad and I do our best to keep you from growing up too fast.

* that you love music.  I love to hear your sweet voice happy and singing.

* talking on the phone with you.  You sound so little on the phone!

*  your determination...not just in tennis, but in everything you do.  Even if it frustrates me sometimes...I know that you are just trying to do your best and are determined to do so.

* that you are a rule follower.  This frustrates me too sometimes, but you teach me that rules are rules for a reason.

* that you have zero tolerance for smoking....and if you were president you would make it against the law.

* that you still like to hold my hand.  Sometimes you reach for my hand when we are in the store or a parking lot.  I will enjoy this while it lasts!

* that you are my go to tech guy!  You show me things on my phone and computer that I could never figure out on my own!

* that you make me feel like I'm the BEST mom in the world...and you tell me often that I am.

* that sometimes when our eyes meet I can tell in that moment that you know how much you are loved.

I love you bigger than the universe!


yaya said...

Happy Birthday Brady! You sound like a wonderful young man and I can tell you are very much loved by your parents. Keep being you! You have it down pat! Congrats to you too Mom and Dad for raising such a sweet kiddo and teaching him the important things in life.

Emily said...
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Jen said...

Ooops. That was me...but posting as Emily. Sorry!
Happy Birthday Brady!
Such a sweet post. I love all the fun things this says about him and your family! Have a great day!

Gabe said...

You made me cry this time!!!!!

Beautiful words Kerri!

Hope you have a great day celebrating!

Susan R said...

Very nicely said.
Happy 9th Birthday Brady Man.

Megan said...

Aw, happy birthday Brady! I love what you wrote here. Now that I am a mommy, I think our kids birthdays are just as special for us. Enjoy celebrating with your 9 year old guy today and have an extra piece of cake!

Cherie said...

That was soooo sweet! It's happy and hard when they get older.
Happy Birthday Brady - One awesome kiddo!!!

Holly said...

This had me crying!! You are such a sweet momma-- and I am sure it makes your job easier, having such a good little boy to parent!
Happy birthday Brady!!

Kerri @OhMann! said...

Happy Birthday, Brady! :) You are such a cool kid and you have an awesome, Mom!

The Keyes Family said...

That was the sweetest note to your son! Print it and put it on something that he can keep later! He must get his sweetness from his mother!

Nicolle said...

Very sweet post. I agree, print this for him to have one day. Brady is an amazing child, and I know you and Eric are so proud of him, and love him so much. When I see how much Brady is loved and how special he is, it makes me sad for kids out there that don't have that kind of love. You are all truly blessed.

Happy Birthday Brady!


Cindy said...

What a great kid -- you've taught him well!! I'd love to know what kind of cute yummy treat you made for him!

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

A great list Kerri! I hope he prints it off and reads it often. One day I will see him on the professional tennis circuit and tell my girls I know that young man. He was a good boy to his mama : )
Happy Belated Birthday Brady!

Karina said...

Oh my goodness. What a beautiful post. These are words he will treasure forever. Happy Birthday Brady!

Kim said...

oh...I'm going to cry. Brady is such a sweet boy. And from what you write about him I know he's learning this from you.

I was also nodding my head at many of these things b/c my BB is similar in a lot of ways.

Happy Birthday, Brady!

Jill said...

Happy Birthday Brady!!

what a sweet post...


Bring Pretty Back said...

Happy birthday Brady! Your posts are so heartlfelt and full of love I can hardly stand it. 9- what a FUN age !!!
Have a pretty day!

Steelers6 said...

Aww!! Just aw.

So precious.


Val said...

Happy Birthday Brady!!!!!!!!!

Cindy said...

Kerri, this is just the sweetest post ever!!! what a sweet sweet mama you are!
happy birthday to your little charmer!!;)
have a happy day kerri

Donna said...

Love the list of things you like about your son and the great way he is growing up! I felt that way about mine too. They need that champ in their corner. He sure is handsome and just LOOKS like the nicest kid Kerri!! He got some awesome gifts. How fun for him. Your trees look just beautiful, spring must be wonderful there!!

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