From the time he was born people of every age were drawn to his animated personality.

Even when he was disobedient, he argued with such comical responses it often made it difficult to keep a straight face and dole out punishment.

He was smart and witty, and I couldn’t help thinking at times he deserved so much more!

Once, when he was only three, I was without a home, vehicle and barely had a job.

He would sit on the couch in the reception area eating powdered doughnuts and watching Disney videos until I got off work.

I couldn’t help but question “What was God thinking?”

I know having a child at 19 wasn’t God’s fault, but the fact that He trusted someone so young and naïve with such a monumental task overwhelmed me at times.

According to Mr. Rogers “When we choose to be parents, we accept another human being as part of ourselves, and a large part of our emotional selves will stay with that person as long as we live.

From that time on, there will be another person on this earth whose orbit around us will affect us as surely as the moon affects the tides, and affect us in some ways more deeply than anyone else can. Our children are extensions of ourselves.”

That was my life in a nut shell, my world was changed and enhanced beyond measure by the incredible gift that God had so graciously bestowed upon me.

If I could only show Him that I was up to the task!

Life wasn’t always easy, and it was far from perfect, but the journey we embarked on was definitely one that inevitably brought glory to God.

Today, it is so evident, as I watch my son, now a father to two beautiful children of his own. I see his love and attentiveness and can’t help but believe that with prayer and perseverance we overcame obstacles together that made us both who we are today!

I may question, but I will never doubt God’s choices. He knows who He calls and for what purpose.

And on my son’s birthday I feel as though I am the one who has received the greatest gift!

“Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? The fruit of the womb His generous legacy? Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” (Psalm 127:3-4 Message, NIV)

May your children bless your life every day of the year!