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Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Yesterday

Was Brandon's birthday. We took him out to dinner. Just he and Albert and I. The day was very ordinary and very extraordinary all at once. We did simple things. I let him get a Frappe from Mcdonald's. I took him to Walmart and let him get silly string. We baited Drew into walking into Drew's silly string trap (Brandon hid behind the big van while Drew walked to the mail box and then Brandon jumped out and sprayed him!) When Albert came home from work, we took him out to eat and then to Walmart (yes, again) to pick out his present, an AirSoft gun. And this morning, we have little Airsoft pellets being sprayed all across the house and the yard, and boys chasing each other with the gun. A normal birthday. Next Friday will be his party, complete with a sleepover with some of his school friends, and his cousin.

Yesterday, for me the day was amazing, precious and...normal. And at the end of the evening, while eating desert at the restaurant, it occured to me that we had enjoyed that day, just as...that day...as Brandon's birthday. Without thought of "making sure its grand incase its the last" in the back of our minds. We talked about next year's birthday without feeling like we were putting some sort of jinx on him. And then, we got him a mixed berry smoothie. Yes, from Mcdonald's. Yes, again.

What I didn't do was take any pictures. Don't really know why. The memory card wasn't in my camera so that was part of it, I guess. But mostly because I just enjoyed the flow of the day. It was so special and so ordinary and amazing. And my son just shot me as I type with a big puff of air from that darned Airsoft gun.

Brandon loved his birthday. His little eyes shine. He anticipates his special day each year, talking about it months in advance. Yesterday, he "announced" his birthday loudly in front of whoever was in ear shot and then when the person would say "oh, Happy Birthday", he'd pretend to be taken by suprise and would answer "Oh, well...thank you!" That's so him.

Sorry for the lack of pics. I'll make sure we get some next Friday at his sleepover.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I missed Brandon's birthday! How could I?!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIG GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like you had a great day!
Praying right now.
Psalms 9:9-10 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
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debi9kids said...

What a sweet & special day for Brandon :)

Anonymous said...

Know that I'm always here praying!
Psalms 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
Prayer Bears
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The Romero-Schroeder said...

Happy Birthday Brandon!

16 blessings'mom said...

Happy Birthday Brandon! Two of my nieces are childhood cancer survivors,( and I am close close close to their mommies, talking-every-single-day kind of close..) So I sort of know what you mean. This post had me in happy tears for you guys!

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