From teens to twenty-somethings

Overnight!

That’s how it happens.

I told my friend this just a few weeks ago as I held her first little newborn. He’s a handsome guy, with a head full of dark hair.

Not mine, he made his debut with blonde hair. And curls. For years those ringlets hung around the nape of his neck, until that dreaded day when he simply had to have his first official big boy haircut. These days I need a stool to even see the nape of his neck. And that’s just one small thing that has changed in the past 7,301 days.

And today? Today is his first day of being our second 20-something. Which also means we’ve made it through the teen years with 2 of our 4. The thing is, there have been tough days in this child rearing gig, but the vast majority of it has been a glorious adventure.

Our birthday boy
The best sort of blessing

This guy? There are so many things he has grown into and out of in these past 20 years ….

Cousins make the very best of friends
Cousins make the very best of friends

He has gone from enjoying his cousins as a small lad … to… planning for months with another cousin three states away to pull off an epic family olympics.

Same boys, years later
Same boys, years later

From a mop headed young teen who spent hours skimboarding, skateboarding and longboarding with his buddies … to … cropped haircuts, college majors and manhood.

From teens to twenty somethings
From teens to twenty somethings

From catching every reptile he spotted – a regular occurrence when you grow up in south Florida … to … Skinning venomous snakes and posing entirely too close to a black bear.

Parenting is not for the faint of heart
Parenting is not for the faint of heart

From not exactly enjoying reading as a boy, unless it was his favorite D-Day book … to …pushing himself academically, physically and spiritually well beyond what he had once believed were his limits.

Our favorite D end in the history of ever
Our favorite D end in the history of ever
The road to states
The road to states

As the only boy with three sisters, he has moved from torturing and pushing their sense of adventure … to … teasing them in that way only a big brother can, even the sister who’s older than him, and yet fiercely defending them with his very next breath.

A mid-summer camp visit
A mid-summer camp visit

And all along the way, he has kept us laughing because we never quite seem to know what he’ll be up to next. But we do know that we don’t want to miss a minute of it. We’re just that sure it will be memorable.

Still pretty much boys inhabiting the bodies of men
Still pretty much boys inhabiting the bodies of men

After 20 years, of this I am sure – you, my son, have been the best sort of blessing in our life and family. My prayer for you is that you would keep seeking hard after God as you continue to grow into the man He has created you to be. And that, bud is something I don’t want to miss one second of.

Be still my heart
Be still my heart

Btw son – there you have it. You keep teasing that I need to write a post about you if I really want this space to be good. Be careful what you tease your Mama about! Happy birthday my tall boy!

A date day adventure
A date day adventure

Your Mama loves you! More than you’ll ever know!

 

About Beth Moore

A Christ-follower, wife, mom to 4, lifestyle blogger, seamstress and seeker of daily glimpses of God's grace and redemption.

2 thoughts on “From teens to twenty-somethings

  1. What a sweet story about such a great kid. I will always remember Nathan as Micah’s first best friend and Faiths first crush (at 2 years old), when she called him Nay Nay!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes Charity – such a great friend Micah has been for Nate! And all the adventures they got into, some we probably still don’t know about no doubt. Tell Faith the Nay Nay nickname may or may not have been yelled out at state wrestling tournaments over the years 😉

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