30 Days of Grateful Praise:: The Boy


{To learn more about this possibly overly ambitious goal… click here…}

****This is a post that I wrote a little over a year and a half ago but the sentiments are still totally the same… even though he is now graduated, holding down multiple jobs while doing college and is much, much bigger than me… I will always be thankful for his introduction into my life and annoyingly call him The Boy forever. Amen.*****

May 19, 2014

“A Letter to C.E.M”

corey thinker

I didn’t have the pleasure of birthing you. To tell the truth, I’m still not convinced pleasure is involved anywhere in the whole birthing process… Birthing something really actually scares me so I guess it was my good fortune that you came along at 13, fully ‘birthed’ …and potty trained ’cause I’m not sure I could’ve handled all that either! I’m a wimp, I know. I’m a little sad that I missed out on your cute toddler and elementary school years, but there’s still some cuteness left in you I think..! You know how my mother likes to say “we got him at 13” –it’s like you’re a puppy or something and I find that hilarious.

Pre-you I used to be really scared of teenagers……..but I’m pretty sure I’m cured now…! You were the change in my life that I never bargained for or imagined. As you’ve grown, so have I. You were definitely a bonus and a blessing- who else could have introduced me to my long lost musical love of Jack White?

corey les paul

Because of you I get the chance to pay forward every time my dad took the time to throw a ball or show me how to do something in the garage. Every time my mom took me to the store with her or stopped her housework to play a game.  I get to sign permission slips and play secretary and cheer leader and it’s really a cool job…this parent thing. Don’t get me wrong- things aren’t always rosy- you’ve seen me in action… tempers get short, patience is exasperated, but the three of us still make it work.

My favorite times now are sitting around with you and your dad laughing about some joke we’ve cobbled together that’s taken on a life of it’s own or finding ourselves on a random night playing his old mix tapes on a second hand stereo and laughing at how many times Metallica’s “Hit the Lights” comes up in the rotation…in multiple tapes…!

I apologize for telling you in jest that I spit in your drink the first night we met. I have a weird family- we like to mess with each other – you know them well now and you are a part of it for better or worse- you’re welcome. And I cherish your mother’s day card from this year. I have to say you’re the funniest and most clever kid I know- but I may be biased. Obviously I passed along my witty genes to you….oh…wait…!

My utmost wish for you is that you would Know God and Know you were loved by Him and by me. You crack me up in laughter and heart. My heart splits wide open because of you and then grows 3 sizes bigger just like the Grinch when I think of your past and future. And I wish you every happiness and good thing and opportunity to come your way. I pray that you get to pursue your dreams, that you become a good man like your dad and that one day maybe you’ll get to parent your own child through purpose or by chance and enjoy every minute just like I have.

corey water

 This weekend.. I have no words…. We are 10 days and counting until High School graduation… deep breaths… But in the past 72 hours we’ve seen you shine in your Senior band concert, step up to the plate learning how to rotate tires and walk down the aisle to profess Jesus as your Savior…!

My heart is full.




12 thoughts on “30 Days of Grateful Praise:: The Boy

  1. Georgia says:

    He is such a wonderful fellow. I know you are so proud of who he has become. Realize that you are a big part of that growing and maturing. So proud of you both. Love hearing your group sing and realizing all that talent. You are such a special person, Heather. God has blest me with you as my niece and you in turn have blest me and all those around you with your wonderful character and humility. Your witness to God and his love for each of us is so wonderful to see. LOVE you girl.

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  2. Valerie Sisco at Grace with Silk says:

    I’m in awe of your attempt to blog for 30 days, by the way!!! But what a beautiful post you’ve written about being a step-mama and how much you appreciate all he brings to your life! It is truly a beautiful gift to get to mother another’s at any time in their lives and what joy I hope he brings you always! 🙂

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