Happy Birthday Jeffrey

As I promised, the end of August is nothing short of spectacular, today is Jeffrey’s birthday. A day that was filled with equal parts joy, fear, happiness and gratefulness. 

Dear Jeffrey,

I know I’ve talked about this before, but when you were born I was terrified. You were born with water on your lungs and doctors were telling me that you would never be “normal”. That you would always have breathing issues and never play sports.

You certainly proved them wrong, you grew up to play almost all of the sports! Soccer, baseball and football, you ran, you played, you swam and were fearless.

You climbed the heights, literally, I could never turn my back on you because I would find you on top of the refrigerator.

As soon as you learned to talk you never stopped asking questions, or saying things that would just take my breath away.

One day when we were passing a Fire Station you said that you wanted to be the one to fix the fire trucks. I said you don’t want to be a fireman? You said no, I want to make sure they can always go save people.

You were three years old, to think that a 3 year old could have that kind of awareness was mind blowing.

You were born with an old soul, I fully believe that, you were always old for your age. I don’t know if that is because you spent a lot of time with adults in your formative years or just because that is the way God made you.

You would also say things like you missed playing with Jesus in heaven and would wonder if the hot air balloons would take you to heaven when it was your time to go.

Of course there was also the time in Neiman Marcus, when i was hugely pregnant with your sister, that you said very loudly “Why won’t you marry my dad!” I had to explain, in front of two very shocked older ladies, that your dad and I were in fact married and your dad had been teasing you when he said we weren’t. I also couldn’t wear my wedding ring due to swollen fingers, so that didn’t help.

I love your heart son, you are an amazing father, husband, brother and son. When I look at your life I am in awe of all that you do, you are a good man, you continue to amaze me all of the time.

I love you so much and I hope your 35th birthday is amazing and filled with as much wonder as your first birthday was.

I hope you know how proud of you I am, how much I love you and how much I appreciate you in my life. You were a gift from God after much darkness.

Happy Birthday Son,



Jeffrey and Grandpa Reno
Jeffrey 18 months old

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