A "TURNING 20" BIRTHDAY MESSAGE

A “TURNING 20” BIRTHDAY MESSAGE.

Today marks a very special day!  Our son Matt turns 20.   HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!   I know, I know, turning 20 isn’t like turning 16 or 21, but he, being our last born, marks some significance for a couple of reasons.

 1.  The teenage years have successfully (yes, I said successfully!) been lived out, experienced and closed out.  For the parent who has ever stood at the precipice of the teenage years with that “deer in the headlight look, wondering”, arriving at this place is an accomplishment in its own right and something worth celebrating!   We are so grateful (and blessed) to have raised 2 kids who’ve made the “culturally stereotypical teenage years” a myth.  Oh, it wasn’t a season free from challenges or obstacles (or eye rolling), but it was a season filled with teaching and moments of God’s grace and guidance that were received, respected and built upon.  Positive growth was collaborative, always measurable, and dare I say, even fun at times …. they both made, and continue to make us so very proud.    
 2.  The respectable, hard working, God fearing man Matt is becoming has him poised for the next decade.  One that will most likely bring with it some of the greatest and most dramatic changes in his life. His confident swagger, ambition and motivation, along with the foundation of spiritual truth and personal integrity he possesses, comes with promise of a life being lived to the very fullest.  
Interestingly, 20 years ago:    
The first DVD’s were released in Japan
Nintendo 64 was released
The “Macarena” became a worldwide hit 
Hotmail was launched
The 1st Mission Impossible opened in theaters
The most popular Christmas Toy of ALL time was introduced into the U.S.  (Tickle me Elmo)… Sarah (your big sister) owned one and entertained you with it, often. 
Everybody Loves Raymond, debuted
AND BY FAR, THE MOST IMPORTANT….I BECAME A MOTHER TO MY SON. 
Matt, Sarah and Tyler….our 3 adult children (Tyler, by marriage) at Matt’s
20th Birthday Dinner
It sure isn’t easy to comprehend where time has gone or even to express in a short blog, the magnitude of the sum of all that is wrapped up in the past 20 years….all that has been purposed and accomplished in both his life and mine, but suffice it to say….   
YOU ARE DEEPLY LOVED & CELEBRATED MATT!!   HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY TO YOU.
           LOVE  MOM  
                 5/13/16
  

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