I can hardly wait… to see you come of age–

Dear Bryan,

Today you are thirteen! I know it’s what you would expect me to say, but it seems like only yesterday that I held you in my arms for the first time. You were amazing, so tiny and perfect and beautiful and such a gift . And today, I can only say that rather than becoming less amazed with each passing day I have been more amazed by you as you have grown. The awe has never worn off, each day has brought more…More amazement in the unfolding gift of who you are, more amazement that I was given the gift of being your mother.

I know that you are concerned about becoming a “teenager” and all that society expects from the years to come. I want to tell you right now that I am looking forward to these years, that I am not looking at the word “teen” in your age with a feeling of dread but with a feeling of excitement and joy. We do people your age so much disservice by expecting the worst. Why should we be surprised when so many teens live up to our negative expectations?

My son, I am expecting the best from you, I am resting easy that you will make good choices and that you will continue to grow into the amazing young man you are already becoming. I enjoy your company, I look forward to spending time with you, and I am so proud of who you are. I love your heart and your caring nature. The years to come hold so much! Ups and downs, to be sure. I am not fooling myself into thinking that there will be no struggles, but as always you should know that your parents are 100% committed to getting through those struggles with you and growing stronger in the process. Down the road we will be able to share so many conversations, so many adventures, so many new things…adult to adult as well as son to parent. And through it all I will always, always be your mom. You have no need to feel like you have to grow up fast…take your time, enjoy who you are today, and know that life has plans for you! Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. To give you hope and a future.

I am so proud of you! You bring joy to my heart and I love being your mother. Every day is a blessing and the best is yet to come!

With Much Love,



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