today……

 "When I became a mother for the first time, I felt clumsy with the responsibility of a job I had no training for.
 How do you train your heart to become commingled with another human being?
 You don't.  You just let the concert begin. 
You are my oldest child, the "practice" one. 
You are the first note in the harmony that is our family. 
You are the first one I held in my arms,
feeling like someone had turned a glow on inside of me. 
The first one to say "mama" and the first baby I ever sang a lullaby to. 
You might think of it as practice. 
I like to say that you are the original, the one who taught my heart to love." – Kippie Palesch &  Annie Loney, HomeSpun Unlimited (LLP)

Griffin

Happy 18th Birthday Griffin… you truly have grown into an amazing young man.  Your imagination, your humor, your intellect, your compassion, your empathy, your quiet and growing love for God… all those things and more make Dad and I so proud.  I can't wait to see what is ahead for you!

Thanks for being my firstborn.  You've taught me well.  I thank God for you and the way you have changed my heart.

I love you,

Mom

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