I want to wish my middle son a very happy 23rd birthday today! Dan was supposed to go get him today for the weekend, but we woke up to 2 feet of snow and the promise of more today. So the trip is postponed until tomorrow.
I miss Stephen and do feel badly that I didn't even send him a card because he was going to be home! However, we will have his birthday celebration on Saturday. He won't get home until tomorrow night (it's a 10 hour round trip and Dan can't leave until mid-morning).
In the meantime, I've come up with an acronym to describe him!
S = serious. He has a great sense of humor and makes me laugh a lot, but he really is the most serious about life of all my children.
T = tender-hearted. I still remember the time a boy was constantly bullying him at school. I got so mad that one day I said, "You just need to grab him by the shirt and tell him to KNOCK IT OFF!" (I know. Not very Christ-like of me). Stephen left the room and about ten minutes came back into the room with tears in his eyes and said, "Mom, I can't do that." "My heart tells me it's not the right thing to do."
E = example. He is an example to me of how to live your life with transparency. He is not afraid to admit his faults and is quick to ask forgiveness.
P = passionate. He is passionate about his walk with the Lord. He desires to follow God
H = helpful. He is always willing to give a helpful hand to whoever needs it.
E = Empathetic. He is able to empathize with people and understand where they are coming from.
N = nature-lover. He loves the outdoors and anything to do with nature. He is happiest when he is hiking or boating or doing a multitude of outdoor activities.
Happy Birthday, Stephen. I love you and can't wait to see you tomorrow!