Monday, April 4, 2011

" Birthday Blessings to a Very Special Man "

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!!

 

17 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Happy Birthday to Frank. And, you are a pretty cool Mom, too. :)

Lynilu said...

Aww, Happy Birthday, Frank!

Rob-bear said...

Happy Birthday, Frank. Great post, Frank's mom.

Arlee Bird said...

Happy birthday to Frank! What a cool looking house. Looks like everyone had a great time.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Bernie said...

Happy Birthday Frank, I hope you had a wonderful day. You have such a beautiful mom so I know you must be a wonderful man. I wish you many more birthdays. Enjoy your new home. Your birthday is one day before my daughter's, hers is on the 5th of April. She is my baby and will be 40....oh my where has the time gone.......:-)Hugs

Rebecca said...

I think the two of your share many more fine traits than just your hair! :) Thanks for an up-to-date look at a good man (Happy Birthday, Frank)!

It sure would have been fun to see more pictures of the insides of that house/bank! What a labor of love that must have been.

I'm sure you'll soon be able to find your way out to the other house with your eyes closed!

Anvilcloud said...

A great tribute to your son. Happy Birthday from the Great White North (actually brown right now).

That first grand, especially, does tend to hold our hearts in their hands.

Rae said...

You have a wonderful family. And I think Frank does look like you. What a great birthday get-together. It sounds like it was a perfect day.

Gail said...

HI DI and A very Happpy Birthday to your son Frank. I so enjoyed in the celebrations of his borth and life with you and him and family. Your grand children are adorable. And I remember reading of that ole house a while back - fascinating. And also, little Jack? Looks so much like that adorable little actor on the movie "Big Daddy" w/Adam Sandler. Too cute. I am so happy to share in your world Di and have you as my friend. :-)
Love Gail
peace.....

bjk said...

What a wonderful gift for your son's birthday. I almost always have to grab my tissue box when I read your entries. Hugs, Barb

Wanda..... said...

Happy Birthday Frank! That's a great photo of you with your mom!

Di, it's obvious why you are so proud of Frank, just being a good husband, father and provider, plus he and Amy have given you bautiful grandchildren.

I remember their unique home, but a home in the country sounds even better and so much fun for the kids. I'm sure you'll find your way there!
♥ Wanda

quieten said...

What a wonderful posting about your son. Hope His day was happy as it sure was filled with lots of love and laughter. Di- he looks a lot like you and so does Jake. Thanks for sharing your blessings with us-what a beautiful family. Don't worry you'll find your way to the new house with no problem. After all, you can't keep a gramdmom from her grandbabies or a mom from her grown babies!!!!

quieten said...

oops - meant to type jack not jake- my typing fingers and my brain are obviously not connected today!

jules said...

Happy Birthday to Frank.

This was really a sweet tribute for him.

Barb said...

A loving tribute to Frank - Happy Birthday to him. Your Family photos are wonderful, Di. I wish Frank and his family much happiness in their new home.

Jacquelyn Stager said...

Well guess what? Frank shares a birth date with my hubby! Such a cute picture of the two of you! And my dad's middle name was Francis! Happy birthday to Frank...and congratulations to you Mom...good job!

naida said...

Happy birthday to your son!
Lovely family!