Monday, October 13, 2008

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to my not so little boy. 13! I can hardly stand it.

Rob did a Bible study last year called Quest for Authentic Manhood. One thing it talked about was ceremonializing certain milestones in a young boys life on the way to becoming a man. Rob took that step and Friday Austin stayed home from school so they could go hunting and spend some time together. When they were done they packed up the truck and headed out for a night of camping. For the ceremony part Rob invited men up that have been or will have a direct involvement in Austin's life. They had dinner then they went around the circle and each man either told a life lesson they have learned or gave Austin some encouragement as it relates to growing up and what kind of man they want him to become. Rob said it was the most awesome night. He was so happy to have men show up that truly care about Austin and want to help see him into adulthood. Rob also said God was in the whole thing. Friday was C-O-L-D. Friday evening it was snowing. But not where they were. They were really cold and decided to come home Friday night instead of staying up there. Rob said when they drove home there was snow all around them but not one flake had fallen where they were.

I know this will be a night that Austin will always remember. As he put it "It's night something you could easily forget", and I am so thankful that Rob is taking an active part in raising our boys to be godly men.

Last night we had family over to celebrate. I am so glad we have family close that can celebrate things like this with us. Austin ended up with lots of cash, gift cards, new dirt biking pants and jersey and even a flight with Tim that was given to him by the pilot in the family. He is stoked about that one. He also got a quilt top. Unfortunately, even after the last minute, late night, last ditch effort by my mom, aunt and I that had us cutting, and sewing till much later than I wanted, it took too long quilting Taylor's quilt to get Austin's done too. We plan on going in this week or next to finish the job.

Other than that we don't have much going on. I took a two hour nap on Saturday which is totally out of the ordinary for me. I hate naps. I take maybe two a year and they only happen if I lay down and just happen to fall asleep. I usually wake up feeling worse than I did before I laid down and I just think there is way too much good stuff to do in life besides sleeping it away. Rob was watching a game on the bed and I came in and got so sleepy all of a sudden. Before I knew it it was two hours later. I must have really needed it. It couldn't be because last week Rob was out of town and every time I went to turn the TV off I would hear a noise and decide I would leave it on a little while longer. I ended up not going to sleep until 1:00. 2 Timothy 1:7 says "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." My mind was definitely unsound that night. He is going to be gone again so I may need to tape that to the ceiling above my bed. I usually don't have a problem staying alone but at our meal exchange the conversation went to being home alone and things that have happened to some of the girls and I just got freaked out. Great timing. It's going to be a long three nights if I don't get it under control.

Tonight is Bunko night. Steph and I are hosting. Wish me luck.


andrea said...

Happy Bday Austin!

Believe it or not I too always end up staying up late (like 11 or 11:30 which you know is late for me :) ) when Jeff is gone. Maybe I need that verse by our bed too.

Have fun at Bunko!

Erin Boyle said...

What a great idea to celebrate the milestones in your sons life. He is very blessed to have you and Rob for parents!
I hope bunko went well! I have it tomorrow night...yeah!

SPARKY said...

oooops. too late to wish you luck i guess. but hey, i'm so glad you showed up :O)
that is very cool what rob did. it's hard to believe he's reaching his manhood! i cannot even imagine ry being that old.