Happy 20th 🎈 Birthday 🎉 to my son Jake.
Yet, 2 weeks ago it was Matt's 🎈 24th Birthday 🎉 as well and I caught hell.
"Where was Matt's Birthday 🎉 blog?" My beautiful wife asked.
Well, two weeks from yesterday is the date for Sam's 🎈 🎉 Birthday.
Unbelievably, Sam turns 17.
So, you see the problem.
So many birthdays all in the same time frame. So, we'll make it one big birthday 🎉 blog fiesta!
They're all fun in their own way, and it's been a blast being their Dad. We laugh a lot, we talk sports, and day after day we've bonded together to treat Kathy like a princess.
I know it's not easy to raise kids in this day and age. There are so many things that can frighten parents out of their minds.
If they're out and I hear a police siren 🚨 I worry.
When they say they're gonna' go to McDonalds to eat after we just ate I try to reason with them.
"I can make you something."
There are so many days when I wish I could still play basketball 🏀 with them in the driveway, but I listen to their back and forth and it makes me smile because I knew that the best thing that we could do for them was to build a home where they were each other's best friends...
...and they are.
"They're fighting," Kathy would say as they grew.
"So what?" I'd ask, knowing that they weren't fighting to the extent that they'd ever be too mad at one another.
They've cost us a fortune in chicken fries alone!
They don't clean their room to my satisfaction, but as I think of each of them...as I do every day and not just on their birthdays...
I understand how truly blessed we've been.
"They're good kids," is the best of all compliments.
And they are.
Even if I still worry...
...I now will purposely text them a tidbit when they're not home:
"Judge homered," will usually get a response.
So, Happy Birthday 🎊🎉🎁🎂🎈 to our boys.
I used to joke:
"You're out when you turn 18!"
Now I don't care if they hang out until they're 50 or so.
They bring the joy.
And joy is about love.
Happy Birthday to the hoodlums.
Stay as long as you'd like.
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