He’s 17

image17 years ago, I was sitting in my hospital bed staring at this little bundle in my arms. I couldn’t believe he was really mine…really ours. He was such a perfect little baby and he had the longest fingers and biggest feet you’ve seen on a newborn. Seriously, I remember his nurse commenting that my Marty had the longest feet she had ever printed on a newborn…and she was a veteran.

Today, I no longer look down to see my little boy. I look up to see the amazing young man he has grown into. Yes, I literally look up to him. He has been taller than me for years. But, I also admire the amazing person he has grown into. Of course, like any parent, I am sure my boy is incredibly smart and very attractive…and, yeah, that makes me happy. But, that isn’t what makes me proudest. What makes me the proudest of Marty is his generous heart. He is the boy that donated the contents of his piggy bank to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. He is also the boy who postponed his meal one day at church to help the gentleman who was struggling to cut his own food.

That little boy has grown into a young man who has such a bright future and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Marty, your dad and I had many of our dreams come true that day your were born 17 years ago. We have been so blessed to have you as our son. We love you and hope you have a very Happy Birthday!

Marty's 17th Birthday Cake...key lime cheesecake

Marty’s 17th Birthday Cake…key lime cheesecake

16 Responses to He’s 17
  1. CreoleInDc
    February 20, 2014 | 10:50 pm

    Happy birthday Marty!!!!!!!!!

  2. The Animated Woman
    February 20, 2014 | 10:53 pm

    Marty, dude, you’re as tall as the fridge! I heard it was your birthday, so I wanted to stop by and congratulate your parents (your mom especially, as I’m rather fond of her) on a fabulous 17 year old son. Parenting is no easy thing, but it sure looks as though they got a gem with you.

    ps. Happy Birthday 😀

    JC (animated)
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  3. Becky
    February 20, 2014 | 11:10 pm

    Wow! It’s so hard to believe that 17 years ago you made me an aunt fit the very first time! I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of the man you are growing in to, and just how much I love you. You are more amazing than you could ever know and the world is waiting for you 🙂

  4. Dad
    February 20, 2014 | 11:30 pm

    Happy birthday big guy. One more year closer to being able to join the French Foreign Legion.

    But seriously, you have grown into an incredible young man, and I have been very proud of you.

    Dad.

  5. StacieT
    February 20, 2014 | 11:31 pm

    Happy Birthday, Marty!
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  6. Margaret
    February 21, 2014 | 12:24 am

    Happy Birthday! I want a piece of that cake 😉

  7. St. Elsewhere
    February 21, 2014 | 3:42 am

    Happy Birthday Marty!

    And that cake is awesome!

  8. Trish
    February 21, 2014 | 6:44 am

    Happy Birthday, Marty!!

  9. Mel
    February 21, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Happy birthday, Marty! Hope it is a wonderful day.

  10. Ray Price
    February 21, 2014 | 9:39 am

    Happy Birthday! Reading the things that you Mother writes about you I know that you are a fine young man.

  11. Lori Lavender Luz
    February 21, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Happy happy birthday, Marty! I know you’ve brought so much joy to the world already. Here’s to the next 17 years, too!
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  12. Kristina
    February 21, 2014 | 11:53 am

    Happy Birthday!!!

  13. Battynurse
    February 21, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    Happy birthday Marty!

  14. Shelly
    February 21, 2014 | 7:30 pm

    Happy 17th to Marty! It’s a blessing when your kids make you so proud. Kudos to mom and dad for helping him be the awesome young man he is. That cheesecake looks divine!
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  15. Kir
    February 21, 2014 | 7:32 pm

    Happy birthday Marty, happy 17th year and I’m wishing you a fantastic year of things that make you happy.

    Kristen, my friend, happy BIRTH day to you, what a wonderful son you’re raising..Hope you’re celebrating too.

    Much love, hugs and cake to both of you. Xo

  16. Esperanza
    February 22, 2014 | 1:00 am

    ¡Felicidades Marty!
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