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01/17/2006 02:45:54 PM · #1
Dear André:

Today you turn 12. That's an important age...right there between childhood and adulthood, perched precariously at the point where you're too old for a lot of things but too young for many others. You're growing up so fast. It doesn't seem like any time at all since you were just a thought...a wish.

From the moment your father and I married, we knew we wanted you. Your name was chosen long before we knew we would have you...André...strong and manly. Just the idea of you brought joy to our lives. It took a few years, but eventually we were blessed and found ourselves awaiting your entrance to the world.

You must have been eagerly anticipating greeting the world as well, because you decided to arrive 2 months earlier than science and nature intended. It was a very frightening time for us. You were SO small, so fragile, clinging to life. The doctors thought you would be hospitalized for at least 2, maybe 3 months...but what a fighter you turned out to be! We brought all 4 pounds, 7 ounces of you home with us only 15 days after you were born, and ever since then, we've marvelled at your strength.

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You've grown into a fine young man, worthy of the name chosen for you so long ago. Smart, witty, dedicated, athletic, kind, and sensitive...all the things I ever wished and hoped you would become. You have handled the transitions we've endured the past few years like a champion and for that I am eternally grateful and extremely proud. You are a wonderful role model for your two little brothers, who both look up to you for guidance, strength, and most importantly, love.


You'll be faced with many choices in the years to come. I know in my heart that you will make choices that are healthy...choices that will help you to become the best man that you can be. I look forward to helping you make those choices, and guiding you towards manhood in the best way I know how.

I couldn't ask for, or be more proud of, the son you are today and the man you will become. I love you very much.

Happy Birthday,
01/17/2006 02:51:14 PM · #2
What an awesome, heartfelt letter. I'm sure he feels the same about his mom. Congratulations on having such a soul to raise and doing so well this far. Thank you for sharing him with us.

01/17/2006 02:52:37 PM · #3
He's gonna be SO embarrassed when he reads that :-) (12's the age of embarassment, you know?) But good on you, Laurie! Awesome letter!

Hugs, Robt.
01/17/2006 02:53:21 PM · #4
OMG! i am bawling like a baby here (my sons are 14 and 11, I so know where you are coming from)

Happy birthday Andre', you have a fantastic mother and a wonderful friend. Have a great day mate from Australia


edited to say: Lauriel you even had to poor kids posing at that age.. look at the pic in the middle ;p

thanks bear ;p

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01/17/2006 02:54:05 PM · #5
Happy Birthday Andre! What a lovely letter.
01/17/2006 03:17:14 PM · #6
Happy Birthday Andre!!! You've got yourself a great mom there. It's no wonder you're growing into such a great guy. :-)
01/17/2006 03:19:09 PM · #7
Originally posted by lentil:

OMG! i am balling like a baby here (my sons are 14 and 11, I so know where you are coming from)

Happy birthday Andre', you have a fantastic mother and a wonderful friend. Have a great day mate from Australia


edited to say: Lauriel you even had to poor kids posing at that age.. look at the pic in the middle ;p

You might want to edit "balling" to "bawling" unless babies are VERY precocious in your corner of the world :-)

01/17/2006 03:29:50 PM · #8
If the son grows into anyone half as special as the mother, he will be special indeed.

Happy birthday Andre
01/17/2006 03:32:43 PM · #9
Okay....I have a bit knot in my throat :) Wonderful letter....from a wonderful mom. They grow up so fast.....hold on to this moment....because, like you mentioned, he's on that teetering edge of being a boy becoming a man.

God Bless you and all your boys :)

01/17/2006 03:33:08 PM · #10
What a touching birthday letter, Laurie. He may say "Oh, Mom" and be embarrassed now but will be very touched in a few years when he reads it again.

Happy Birthday Andre'!!!
01/17/2006 03:35:44 PM · #11
...and who say's guys can't be emotional? Gave me the goosebumps (happy ones)! ;^) Laurie, that is a wonderfully written letter and your son is lucky to have you for a Mom.

I imagine, as Robert pointed out, that Andr'e may get a bit red in the face over this - but I'll bet this comes up as a story for his grandkids someday. ;^)

01/17/2006 04:11:27 PM · #12
Happy birthday Andre!
What a wonderful letter Laurie. And remember to pull out the 'nudie' pic when he starts bringing girls home! Us guys just love that ;-P
01/17/2006 04:12:31 PM · #13
Happy Birthday Andre!!!

You should print all of this out and someday, when you've really screwed up and your mom is angry at you, pull this out and give it to her. Wouldn't hurt for you to read it occasionally too.

Probably will only work once, maybe twice, for getting you out of the doghouse, so save it for when you've really screwed up bad.

BTW, you have a great mom.
01/17/2006 04:34:14 PM · #14
That is a really touching letter to your son on his 12th birthday. It brought tears to my eyes, as I have 2 sons and felt like you did before they had even entered the world.
He is the well adjusted person he is today because of the way you have guided him through his life, with your love, commitment and bond.
You should be just as proud of yourself as you are of him.

01/17/2006 05:00:15 PM · #15
A beautiful and touching letter, Laurie!
I was glad to read that I'm not the only cry-baby here *sniffle*.
01/17/2006 05:24:03 PM · #16
A beautiful letter indeed!

Happy Birthday Andre! Hope you're not too embarassed by this love-filled letter from mom and from all these strangers sending our best wishes but I'm sure even if you are that you appreciate it all too.

I know how proud Laurie is of you, not only on your birthday but everyday and would like to join in wishing you a wonderful year to come!
01/17/2006 05:30:55 PM · #17
Hey André,

Don't let the goofy mushiness bother you. Moms (and most girls) are just like that sometimes. They can't help it. Just grin and bear it, and have a Happy Birthday!

01/17/2006 05:38:04 PM · #18
WOW... Happy Birthday André! Don't get too upset with your Mom for getting all sappy about ya - she's only doing it cuz she thinks you rock! I hope you all have a great day!
01/17/2006 05:45:35 PM · #19
Originally posted by SJCarter:

Don't get too upset with your Mom for getting all sappy about ya

Yeah, don't get upset, get even! Post a photo of her nekkid butt on the internet and tell her how much you love her! 8^o

01/17/2006 05:46:50 PM · #20

Happy birthday! You and your mom rock!!
01/17/2006 06:10:39 PM · #21
Thank you all for wishing me a good birthday. Even if my mom is embarrasing and mushy I still love her.

PS Mom also said to tell Spazmo99 that it wont work and thanks for trying.
01/18/2006 11:59:40 AM · #22
That is awesome! He may not understand it now but as the years go by he will remember what you said to him as those decisions he happens to come across that confuse him. You rock as a mom! He seems like a fine young man.
01/18/2006 12:06:16 PM · #23
Im a day late but... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDRE!! You have one of the best moms in the world!!! Hope you had a great birthday!

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