Hi! Thank you for stopping by today! My name is Bronwyn. I am a follower of Jesus, wife of a Marine, and mother of 2 autistic boys. We have been a homeschooling family for going on 7 years now and loving it! I also love to read, cook, bake, and walk.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fourteen

This silly guy turned 14 on Tuesday!  I am still not sure that I am okay with that.  I can't believe how quickly time has passed.  I remember a 3lb. 15 inch long baby boy lying in an incubator letting everyone know that he intended to fight for his life.   And then there was a 3 year old who knew just about every line of every Blue's Clues episode and recited them all day long.  And I will never forget the adorable little 5 year old who was the smallest kid in Kindergarten and also the best reader. I smile when I think of a 7 year old I knew that when he started homeschool would walk with me everyday and talk of all the pebbles he would throw in the river along the way.  I treasure the thoughts of a boy who even at 9 loved to bake with me and still cuddled up for stories.  Even 11 seems like yesterday with a child who could ride his bike up and down the street seemingly forever.  
How did time go so fast?  It is so bittersweet.  I miss my little boy but am proud of the young man he has become.  He is smart and interesting and a lot of fun to be around.  He is energetic and enthusiastic.  He is also kindhearted and loveable.  He has overcome a lot of obstacles in his 14 years and has shown us what it means to be strong.  He loves football, music, and a certain floppy eared dog.  He loves a good story and a happy ending.  He likes to bounce on the trampoline or walk on his treadmill.  He loves to work with numbers.  He likes to go to concerts with his Dad and beat his mom at Monopoly.  He is a super person!
We celebrated his birthday over the last two weeks.  It was low key which is the way he likes it.  Last week my parents came down to visit and he spent some time with them.  He got to go eat a special birthday meal with them at a restaurant that Elvis once ate at.  He likes Elvis so it was kind of thrilling for him.  On his actual birthday we ordered out pizza and then he had ice cream sandwiches instead of cake.  He doesn't like cake!  He got some video games, cds, and a NFL quilt and sham as presents.  I think he enjoyed it all.
So now he is 14 and there is no sign of him slowing down on this whole growing up thing.  What's a mom to do but look into the eyes of a young man and know in her heart he will always be her baby boy and, of course, wish him a big happy birthday!
Happy Birthday Tyler! 

17 comments:

Mrs. C said...

Oh, what a beautiful post! God bless your family and have a great year, Tyler!

Blessed2BaMommy said...

Awwww... he's inspiring! May God bless him always!!

Yes the years fly by too fast, especially with my autie kiddos...!

Diane said...

Very sweet post. My son just turned 20 so I truly know where you are coming from. They grow up in a blink of an eye.
Blessings
Diane

Leslie said...

What a beautiful post. I so understand too the time thing. I can't believe my oldest is 17. It was just yesterday that he was shorter than me and cuddling up in my lap. It is bittersweet. ((((Bronwyn)))) Hugs to you friend!!!

We are just back from vacation and I'm trying to catch up. Thank you soooo much my sweet faithful friend for donating to Tonya's fund! I do appreciate it so very much. This precious little girl will be home soon with her family.

Hugs to you!
Leslie

iadopted3 said...

Happy Birthday Tyler, my sweet young friend. Love, Mrs. Ginger, Mr. John and all the Causey kids! We love you!

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Sisterlisa said...

Happy Birthday Tyler...

and thank you for visiting my blog ;)

Nikki said...

I have a Tyler too. He turned 9 this summer. I love how God blessed you with an awesome nature study by sending an owl to your backyard! Also, thanks for the wonderful Shakespeare resources you shared!
I enjoyed taking a look around your blog this evening.

Diane said...

I hope everything is alright. I haven't seen a post from you in almost 2 months. Looking forward to seeing a new post soon.
Blessings
Diane

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

What a lovely tribute to your son! The sure do grow quickly. Both my boys are taller than me now - at 15 & 16.

Recovering Noah said...

Hey there!

You haven't been blogging lately. Is everything okay???

Leslie

Leslie said...

Hey friend,

Just checking on you! I hope you are alright. I miss seeing you post. Praying that all is well for you and your family!

Hugs
Leslie

Recovering Noah said...

Yoo hoo! Where are you? Is everything okay??

Leslie

Diane said...

Hope this message gets to you. Praying you and your family are well. Would love to hear from you with a new post.
Blessings
Diane

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday...sounds like an amazing young man!So happy I found you on twitter today!

Leslie said...

You've been on my mind friend. Thinking of you and praying for you! Hoping all is going well for you and your family!

Leslie said...

I just got your comment on my blog and oh I remember you. How I have thought of you and your precious boys often in the last ten years. In the last eight months, I have thought about you almost daily as I have a treasure with autism of my own now. So many of my baby girl's ways remind me so of your Christian at this age in my classroom. You were such an inspiration and I think of the way you advocated for those special boys without end. You homeschool too? That is heavy on my heart right now as she is so much less anxious at home and turning three in just seven weeks. I just can't believe that God brought you across my blog. I literally was just praying for your family and wondering how the boys were doing yesterday. I even thought of searching for your several times talking to my husband about how unique your name was and it probably wouldn't be too hard to find you. Tyler and Christian look so well. If you have any good advice or sites or any wisdom to share for a "new" mom who is navigating this road for the first time as a momma..I would love it. My email is slmaster16 at hotmaildotcom. Blessings to those handsome boys.

Mrs. M

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