Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Happy Birthday AJ
This picture is of AJ on his first Birthday.
My baby is now 17; we had a family birthday party for him on Monday. I wanted my mom and step-dad, Mother-in-law and my oldest Son and Daughter-in-law and children to come this year. We waited to have his party until my son and his family returned from vaction. This will be the last family party we will have for AJ.
After high school he will be going into the Navy.
It is very hard for me to think of him leaving. I remember when my oldest son left for the Navy. He left a child and came back a husband and a father. In my heart I knew he wouldn't be able to stay single. I think when you are raised with a big family it is hard to be alone.
AJ seems so young to me still, to think of him going off by himself, just makes me so very sad. If he wants to serve our Country, I want him to do that. I will just miss him.
This is just going to be a very hard year for me. I cried almost my whole route on Sunday morning, just thinking about him away from home. Not having him home for his birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, just breaks my heart. I am a real family person, I like being around my family as much as possible. I know I have no assurance that my children will live around me. I am just having a hard time cutting the apron strings.
My daughter reminded me last night after everyone left, how I use to cry myself to sleep before my oldest son went off to the Navy and how I cried for a year after he was gone. Hopefully, I have matured over the years and it won't last that long.
AJ is the fourth child, he was always sort of put on the back burner. At the end of his school year last year we started taking a big interest in him. He loved the attention and has really excelled in school and sports because of it. Praise God we noticed that he really needed our attention before it was too late. He is a great kid.
Happy Birthday AJ! (It doesn't matter how old my children are, they will still always be my babies)