…today my boy is THIRTEEN YEARS OLD!
I literally cannot believe it. A TEENAGER! (By the way, those dimples kill me.)
I’ve told this story a million times and shown Smith this picture a million more…BUT…it bears repeating on his 13th birthday.
Sweet Smith William Shull is without a doubt the biggest, best surprise of my entire life. I prayed and prayed and prayed for his three sisters. I thought about them more times than I can count. Smith? I was not expecting being pregnant AT ALL and not the least bit interested in having a boy. We didn’t find out our babies’ genders until they were born, so I remember Andrew saying “it’s a boy” in the delivery room and me thinking “well okay…I guess” and then approximately 60 seconds went by and then…
…this happened, and I was a puddle of “boy mom” mush. I legit think I said something like “Oh my gosh, he’s going to be the love of my life”. Ha! I LOVED THAT BABY BOY SO BIG! Who knew?! I thought boys were loud, stinky, gross and messy (which he is), but I wasn’t counting on the fact that they also held the key to their mama’s hearts.
Smith has been nothing but one big amazing surprise since day one.
He’s so smart, so funny, so easy to be around. He’s sweet, he’s thoughtful, he’s kind, he’s sarcastic, he’s hard working, he’s overachieving…he loves the Lord and his family.
Andrew and I are so blessed to have this kiddo.
He loves his sisters big time. I can’t imagine any boy more suited to be squeezed between three big, bold and bossy ladies more than Smith. He handles them all like a champ…and they all love him for it.
Smith has always marched to his own drum. He knows what he likes, what he wants to do and what he wants out of life. Where I often struggle and just look at “today”, he’s looking years ahead with wisdom that far outweighs his age.
I’m all mushy that my baby boy is officially a teenager.
I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for him this year and the years to come. This kid is going to do big things…and I’m so excited and honored to watch.
Happy birthday, Smith William Shull!
You’ll always be the best thing I never knew I always needed. Love you. xx