Friday, September 4, 2009

Sixteen

Sixteen years ago today, I became a mom. And my life has never been the same.

It never ceases to amaze me how some of the days (and nights!) can pass so slowly and yet the years just whiz by. I get a lump in my throat when I see him stretched out on his bed, filling it from top to bottom and remember how that same bed swallowed him up when we moved him into it from the baby bed. Yet, although I would love to travel back for a moment or two to experience again the sweetness of those early years, I wouldn't trade the joy of seeing the young man he's becoming.

In honor of this milestone birthday, here are some quotes related to teenagers and growing up:

It is hard to convince a high-school student that he will encounter a lot of problems more difficult than those of algebra and geometry. ~Edgar W. Howe

The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes - naturally, no one wants to live any other way. ~Judith Martin

Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years. ~Author Unknown

The best substitute for experience is being sixteen. ~Raymond Duncan


And the best quotes of all relating to youth:

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. I Timothy 4:12

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word. Psalm 119:9

Happy Birthday to my boy. I'm blessed to have you for my son.

I love you. Always have. Always will.
Mom.

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8 comments:

sara said...

Happy Birthday to your boy!

Love the quotes!

CeeCee said...

Awwl, my eyes tear up like yours when I look at my teen. Happy Birthday! The quotes were awesome.

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Happy Bday to your boy!!! Mine is going on 14 and is a bonafide man. I still can't believe he's starting a moustache..lol

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Tell your boy that a Hoosier wished him a happy birthday. I bet that's a first. Loved the quotes to pieces. Got your message earlier today, just didn't have a chance to respond. Have a great weekend.

Pat said...

Good quotes Linda! Your throat lump gave me throat lumps, but that is easy to do.
Happy Mommy birthday!

Letters From Midlife said...

My son turns 16 in March. I'm right there with you, Mom!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Love the quotes! The Ps. 119:9 is the verse I put in the birthday cards I send to all the kids at church this year! The timothy one I put in the card last year!

Beverlydru said...

I love the quotes, but I love your own words, "some of the days (and nights!) can pass so slowly and yet the years just whiz by." Too true.
Blessings to you & your family.