I Have a Teenager

by Chris on July 26, 2012

Clearly, I don’t look nearly old enough to have a 13-year old, but I do. Most (none?) of you will ever meet him, but here are a couple of things I know about my son.

He is amazingly patient, and kind, and tolerant, and protective of his sister.

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(He’s carrying her shoes. Really?)

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He loves all kinds of creatures—critters, bugs, snakes, etc. He has saved my life no less than 20 times when a spider was trying to kill me.

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In his other life, he was a fish. He’s drawn to the water, and I can’t blame him.

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He’s “that kid”. He will stick up for other kids—even if he doesn’t know them–because “it’s the right thing to do, Mom.”


He doesn’t wear a shirt from June 10th-September 5th. In his words, “I need to let my muscles breath.”



I could go on for hours about what a stellar son I have, but you get the picture. He sets the bar high for others, and I’m so proud that he’s mine!

Happy Birthday, little man! I love you so very, very much!

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Andrea July 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

that is so sweet. What a wonderful child! Some woman will thank you for raising such a wonderful man someday.

Sharon aka OKIStampQueen July 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

I always wanted a big brother—at 21…I got a (half) brother! Talk about extremes! Wouldn’t trade him, tho! Enjoy! Blessings Sharon

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Thank you, Sharon!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie July 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

AWESOME! Happy birthday!

Kate in Vienna July 26, 2012 at 7:55 am

I’m a little weepy now. What a great young man, your pride is justified. He sounds just like my son was and he is now 20. Enjoy the special day.

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Thank you, Kate. I appreciate your comment. He’s just an incredible kid!

Tiffany July 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

He’s adorable! I had to laugh because just yesterday I asked my twelve year old why he hasn’t worn a shirt all summer…silly, sweet boys.

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I guess I’d go without a shirt all summer if I could too. However, I’ll spare my neighbors. :)

CIndy Miller@http://livingonthebliss.com/ July 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

Your children a beautiful. I agree with Andrea, I have 3 daughters and would love for them all to have a thoughtful man in their lives someday.
Happy Birthday!

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Thank you, Cindy. So sweet of you to stop in. I am thankful he’s turning out so wonderfully. :)

Emily [On the V Side] July 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

Wow, a teenager! Happy Birthday!

You really have such a beautiful family.


Lisa July 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

that actually brought tears to my eyes. I have two younger boys and a girl. What an amazing little man. Good job mama!

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Thank you, Lisa! I just read it to my husband and found myself crying. Such a perfect boy. Thank you!

Nicole July 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

Normally people cringe at the thought of having a teenager, but your son sounds like such an amazing young man, I’m sure it will be a delight to go through those years. I was touched by the picture of your daughter and him holding their shoes…So sweet!

Happy Birthday!

Crystal July 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

Aww! Happy Birthday! There is something special between a mama and her son.

Julie July 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

You have beautiful children from the outside and inside. You are blessed to have such a thoughtful, caring young man as your son (it seems like such a rarity these days) and I hope my son is the same. Happy Birthday!

Richella at Imparting Grace July 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

Happy birthday to your son! And welcome to being a mom of teens. It’s not nearly as bad as you might have been led to believe. :)

And while you obviously don’t look old enough to be the mom of a teenager, I obviously don’t look old enough to be the mom of an ADULT. I mean, a bona fide 21-year-old. Eeek!

pam redden July 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

You are raising the perfect man!!!

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I sure hope so, Pam! Thank you!

Cheri July 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

Happy B-day to your son…what a great kid you have.

Lynda July 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

Happy Birthday to your son! He sounds like a great kid!

He needs to let his muscles breath….oh my :-) that made me chuckle!

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista July 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I need to let my muscles breathe! lol! How cute is he! What a girl magnet he is going to be! The relationship between him and your daughter is just the sweetest! You are a blessed momma!

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I am indeed, Ashley! My daughter is lucky he’s so good to her. I can’t say she’s as wonderful to him all the time. :) Girls. :)

Ally July 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Aw. My boy is the same with the shirtlessness. We’ve forced him to wear pants now, so that’s better. Less complaints from the neighbors.

Carmel July 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm

You definitely don’t look old enough! Happy B-day to your sweet boy!

Susan July 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Happy birthday to your young man! I don’t know you Chris, but I can tell what wonderful parents you and your husband are…and that restores my faith in our future. Enjoy this time, one day – very soon – you will be so happy to have recorded this moment.

smart momma July 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

happy birthday young man!! :)

you definitely don’t look like you already have a teenager…you’re such a sweet mom…. :)

you kids are beautiful, your daughter actually looks like your “mini-me”, cute dimples from mommy…. :)

i also have a boy(4-year old) then a girl(18 months old)…they are very sweet to each other too, my son is also very protective of her younger sister already…i hope they will be even more closer when they are older…

huggies ***
smart momma

Julia July 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Your children are soooo adorable!! Happy Birthday to your son!

Jen July 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Aaaahhh … what a sweet mom post! You’re obviously a proud mamma as you should be! Happy Birthday to him!!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely July 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Happy Birthday to him!!! Hope the teenage years are all you hope they’ll be! ;)

Lori Anderson July 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

He’s adorable! And Zack hates to wear a shirt in the summer, too!

Barbara Grooms July 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Jackson is really a wonderful teen! He is all the things you discribed, and I know it is from having two loving and caring parents. Everytime you discribe your children, I think your taking my exact thoughts about you and them. Great pictures. Have a great Birthday Jackson, NeeNee loves you soooooo much. Mom

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries July 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Ahhh…big brothers are the BEST! Happy Birthday to handsome Jackson, what an awesome kid. He had me at “spider killer.” :)

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon July 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Ok..I do not know you or him..but I just cried..yep..like a baby! That is so incredibly sweet! I know what a huge day that it was for both you and him! { my daughter turned 13 in June!}. He looks like he is growing into an incredible young man…..

Chris July 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Oh, Bonnie. How sweet of you! Thank you for your comment! So nice. :)

Erin July 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

So sweet! Thanks for sharing. As a mommy of 4 little boys, I definitely have a soft spot for them! Your boy has a wonderful smile and is such a cutie!

Katherine @ Grass Stains July 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

Chris, He looks SO much like your husband! Both are so handsome, of course. :) And I love what a young man of character he’s becoming. I hope my boys will be the same way.

Gill July 27, 2012 at 4:32 am

What a beautiful thing to write about your beautiful little boy!

I’m new to this blog, but just wanted to comment as your story there really touched me. It’s nice to know there are people in the world who appreciate what they have, and who raise such lovely children. He will make someone a fantastic, caring husband and father some day – that’s thanks to you!

Happy Birthday!

Gill x

Chris July 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thank you so much, Gill. That was a really sweet thing to say! I know he will be a wonderful husband some day. Very proud of him. :)

Lisa July 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

What a sweet boy – some girl is going to be very lucky some day!

polly dove July 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

What a wonderful tribute and how lucky are you! (You’ve clearly done a great job of raising him.) I love these pictures too …. carrying the shoes? Precious!!!!

joy joyner July 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

That just makes me tear all up! He sounds just like my 14 year old. Aren’t they just wonderful? I am so proud to be his mom.

Chris July 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Agreed, Joy! It is a wonderful time. I pray that it doesn’t change. :)

Mandy July 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Oh, Chris! What a sweetheart! You’ve done a great job with that one! :)

Chris July 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thank you, Mandy!! I sure hope so! :)

Tanya H. July 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm

He sounds like a great kid, who must have a great mama!

Chris July 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm

You are so sweet, Tanya. Thank you!

Kimberly August 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I have a stellar daughter like that, but she is only 10 (or she will be in September). Maybe they will meet when he is working on his doctorate and she is working on her masters and we will have joint grand children. I know that sounds crazy but he seems fantastic and so handsome! You have done a beautiful job!

Laura August 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

How very sweet! :)

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