Today, April 4th, was a very special day for me. Thirty-three years ago today, I gave birth to my first child, a perfect baby boy. He was named after his grandfather Francis.
Frank was a beautiful baby boy born with blond hair and blue eyes. He truly was a good baby and as he grew older, he was your average rough and tumble boy, yet he always had a kind heart.
Well, there was that time that he and his little sister decided to play barbershop and he lopped off the whole mid section of her long hair up to her neck, but hey, how was I to know that he wouldn't grow up to be a barber or famous stylist?
We celebrated my son's birthday this past Saturday. We did this by having a final barbecue at my son and daughter-in-laws house. They are selling there one-hundred and six year old house to move to a newer one that is further out in the country. So it was a bittersweet day. We've had many dinners and barbecues at this old house and I will miss it. It was at this house that we all last saw my mom on Thanksgiving Day, two months before she passed away.
|Frank, Sarah and Mom. Thanksgiving 2009|
But life goes on and I understand why they wanted to move. Frank has done a lot of work on this old house which is actually a landmark of sorts. It was the original bank in this small town and still has the original bank vault inside!
We had a wonderful day Saturday. My daughter-in law, Amy, took me out to the new house which, as of today, they have already moved into. It is really beautiful and is only one story! Thank goodness, no more stairs! It really is out in the country and I only hope that I remember how to get out there, I'm not the greatest with directions.
My daughter Katie, her friend Natasha and I went out there in the afternoon before everyone else arrived. We helped prepare the food, lots of food, and just enjoyed each others company. My Daughter-in-law has a big family and they all started coming over here and there. I was even able to have a couple of beers as I now have my very own designated driver!!
Frank and I share a lot of the same traits and mannerisms. I don't think that he looks like me so much as he did his father, except for maybe our hair...
Frank has given me so much in my life.
A beautiful and loving friend, my daughter-in-law Amy...
He has also given me my very first grandchild who holds my heart in her hands, Sarah....
Then just for good measure he also gave me a little fireball of a grandson, Jack...
Jack also shares the same haircut as his daddy and grandma!
God blessed me the day that Frank was born. I had no idea that he would grow up to be such a hard working, dedicated father and husband who has never shown me anything but love and respect.
I have been so blessed to receive Frank into my life and I thank God for him everyday.
Happy Birthday my son.
You've made your mama very proud!!