Happy Birthday to My Ryan!

18 Mar

I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4

At my weekly OB appointment I was told that I had already dilated to 3 cm and would most likely be having a baby within the next 24 hours. Our little 2 ½ year old daughter and I made the most of the day, making sure that everything was ready for the next few days of excitement. The nursery was well stocked with cloth diapers and sleepers, and arrangements for childcare were made for the big sister. Arby’s was our fast food of choice that evening for dinner, followed by a bath for Kim. As I bent over to kiss my precious little girl goodnight, a very fast-paced labor began when my water broke. Although excited, I’m sure Tim moaned with regret, as he had just taken a dose of Nyquil in hopes of a sound night’s sleep to ward off the symptoms of a head cold. He knew there would be no rest for the drugged … and he was right. Less than 3 hours later, our little boy was born.

That was 27 years ago today. Ryan just missed being a St. Patrick’s Day baby by an hour and 2 minutes.  And oddly enough, his favorite color has always been green. As I looked up my previous blogs for March 18, I decided to repost this one from 2011. Enjoy …

Back in the day, it was not in the usual routine of anticipated visits to find out if the baby growing inside was a girl or a boy. Observations of how high or how low, round belly or round body, fast or slow heart beat … all were used as a means of forming opinions. But the only one true test was that of birth. Having only been in labor for 2 ½ hours, I rejoiced with my husband at 1:02 am on March 18, 1986 to find out that we were the parents of a baby boy! With a little girl already wrapped around our hearts, adding Ryan to our family was a joy beyond words! Blonde hair, blue eyes, and 2 dimples in his chubby cheeks, he was undeniably a Van Hook.

Kim and RyanKim ~ 2 years 7 months Ryan ~ 10 days old

Kim and Ryan
Kim ~ 2 years 7 months
Ryan ~ 10 days old

Growing up with a sister who was quite vocal, Ryan really had no need for many words. Kim understood the language of little people and did a wonderful job of interpreting his gestures and mutterings. But it’s safe to say, now at the brand new age of 25, he is well versed in his vocabulary and does well in communication. Ryan is an assistant store manager for Verizon Wireless in Seattle … looking forward to managing his own store in the near future. Easter Seals speech therapy to Android and iPhone sales!

Super Mario, baseball and Chuck, Caravans, soccer, basketball, cousins, Work and Witness teams, green chilis, Sandia youth group, Mario and Conrad, Gonzaga, …

The memories are endless and the future is before him!

Ryan Daniel17 months old

Ryan Daniel
17 months old

Now that a new generation has graced our family with the life of Kim and Troy’s own son, Cole, I continue to be in awe of God’s Signature upon my life. Being a Mimi is incredibly special … a special all of its own!! So many other grandparents have commented that if they had known having grandchildren was so much fun, they would have had them first. I do not agree. Although being a parent has been hard work, frustrating and heartbreaking at times, there is no greater joy to my heart than my own two children. I love them so!!

I live this day, Ryan, in celebration of you and in honor of God who blessed my life with yours! I thank Him every day for your life, asking Him to surround you with His protection, His love, His grace, and His mercy. Morsels of Mercy!!!
Happy Birthday, my precious son!

Until next time,

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

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