Little Boys and Birthdays

18 Mar

 I thank my God every time I remember you.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you,
since I have you in my heart.
Philippians 1:3-7 

Today is March 18th.  It is a very special day.  It is a red-letter day that reminds me that little boys are special…little boys with March birthdays.  At least in my heart they are.

There have been three little boys in my life with March birthdays that have greatly impacted my life.

Tim 1973

Brother Tim ~ 6th birthday

The first one came along when I was almost 6 ½ years old.  For months my parents kept telling my brother Jay and I that we were going to have a new sibling in March.  The 16th was the magical due date and it was circled on every calendar in the house.  But we didn’t have to wait that long, for early on Saturday morning, March 11th, Pappy and Mammy came over to stay with Jay and I while Daddy took our mom to the hospital to have the baby.  I vividly remember that I was riding the big pink tricycle around in the garage when the phone rang with the news … our little brother, Timothy Kevin, was born!  Life was so fun once mom came home with the little guy!  Jay and I would fuss over who was going to get to hold him and feed him his bottle, and when it was my turn, mom propped my arm up with a pillow.  (No Boppies then!) Most little girls my age only had doll babies that Santa brought them, but I had a real live baby doll at my house!  And what a live one he has been!  When March 11th hit the calendar just a few days ago, my mind reminisced back to when that little baby stole the heart of his big sister.  Through the past 43 years and over the bumps of life, I must admit that I have become annoyed on occasion by his continual antics, his sense of humor that has no limit and little boundaries, and his unusual zest for living.  But when all is quiet and the reality of life warms the heart, I know that my little brother is a special blessing from God’s own creative hand, and I love him!

Happy Birthday, Tim!  God has blessed my life with yours …

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I will be found by you,” declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 29:11 -14


Ryan 1989

Ryan's 3rd birthday

The tiny but strong cry erupted in the delivery room as the last push gave way to new life at 1:02 am on March 18th.  Mommy, Daddy and big sister had fallen in love with this little guy months before as his presence was ever increasing inside his temporary dwelling place.  Sporting two gorgeous dimples, baby blue eyes, blonde hair, and a charm all his own, Ryan Daniel joined his sister in completing my life-long dream and joy of having children.  I celebrate his life today … the uniquely created individual that is fun-spirited and enjoys people, a life that is motivated to excel, and lots of God-given potential not yet realized.  That day, 24 years ago, changed my life forever.  I will never be the same again.


Happy Birthday, my most precious son, Ryan!! 
I love you with a love that carries you to Jesus every day!



For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you
and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will 
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and
may please him in every way:
bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might
so that you may have great endurance and patience,
and joyfully giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:9-14


Cole 2010

Cole ~ just days from being 1 yr old

Another little boy has graced the horizon of my life … representing a new generation of dreams, fresh ideas, and God’s new mercies.  Cole Michael unexpectedly arrived on the scene 6 weeks early last year, and we celebrate that grand occasion this coming Saturday.  There is a place in a Grami’s heart that is reserved solely for this new love … laced with prayers, patience, and an unexplainable joy. 

Happy Birthday, my sweet grandson, Cole!  You are the pure joy of Grami’s heart!

People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.   
Then Jesus saw this, he was indignant.
He said to them, “Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never enter it.”
And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Mark 10:13-16

On this all-important day of celebrating Ryan, if there is a little boy of any age in your life with a March birthday, I’d love to read about him.  Leave a comment or two so we can all celebrate together these very special people and their special lives.

Till next time,

2 Responses to “Little Boys and Birthdays”

  1. Anita March 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    My little March baby boy just turned 5, a couple of weeks ago. In the midst of baby’s cry, diapers and sleep deprivation, I used to not believe it when someone said that kids would grow up too fast…5 years later, I now understand how true that statement is…;)

  2. jules March 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    As a matter of fact, there have been two special March birthday boys in my life! The first being my PawPaw, Frank Rogers. Oh, how I loved my PawPaw. He lived in Calion, Arkansas (about a 10 minute drive from our house in El Dorado) and had a HUGE garden! We would go see him every Saturday morning. Many Saturdays we would have lunch out there, especially if he and Dad had to work in the garden. He made the BEST pound cake! Paw Paw went to meet Jesus in February 1990 at the age of 93. He would have been 94 on March 6th that year. Well, at least we think it was March 6 – back then there were no birth certificates so he chose his birthday based upon what he was told was going on when he was born.

    My second special March boy is my nephew Matt Norris. He celebrated his 19th birthday on March 7th. He’s a very talented young man with a gift for videography and is studying that in school. He is a freshman at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. He looks at lot like his PawPaw too!

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