If I have a monument in this world, it is my son. – Maya Angelou
If I never knew anything else while I was growing up, I knew that I wanted 2 kids — a boy and a girl. Although I wasn’t sure what kind of “boy mom” I’d be, finding out the 1st of my children would be a son was the sweetest gift.
We knew your name, shortly after daddy and I moved into our house. Though you were not born until 3 years later, it is very fitting for who you are and what you will do in life. Hours after you were born, Mrs. Sandy from the church came up to the hospital and prayed over you. I believe her words poured into you and made their mark, because as you have grown older, many people have said, “This child is going to do great things” or “He’s going to do or be something really big in the world“. I received their words and I believe them. You have changed my life in more ways than I could name, but it is exceedingly richer and abundantly better because of you.
I called you “my SONshine”, long before it became a social media hashtag, because you bring light to everyone around you. You were such a happy baby and that has carried on into your youth because people constantly tell Daddy and I that you put a smile on their face, and note that you smile a lot. You have a very magnetic personality, so please be intentional in your connections with people. Not everyone you meet is going to be FOR you. Some interactions will allow your light to burn brighter, while others will seek to dim it. I pray for wisdom for you to know the difference.
There are so many words I could say to you, and I pray for lots of time to say them, but I leave you with this:
Life is going to throw you many curveballs. Sometimes it will feel like too many. Just remember, it’s okay to bend, just don’t let them break you. Nothing — no thing — is too big for God. Cling steadfast to your faith, and know that whatever you are going through, you will overcome it. I also want you to know that being a strong man doesn’t mean you can’t show emotion. It’s okay to hurt, to cry, to feel. It’s not a sign of weakness…it’s an indication of heart — and you have one of the best ones I’ve ever birthed. If you never learn a single other thing in life, always remember to PRAY. Pray in your blessings, pray through your problems, pray during your pain, pray when you are lost — and you will always be found in Him.
I couldn’t be more proud to call you my son. I’ll love you forever…and then more. Happy Birthday! XO – Mommy
First name, Mama. Last name, Hustler.
A boss mama from Dallas, out here trying to live my best life as a mom, a wife, and a photographer. Forever in pursuit of good conversation, great food, and all the things that speak to my spirit.