coincidental milestones

Today makes one year since I last saw my son. No tears here, at least not today. He feels good about his life. I feel good about him.

Forget yourself in serving others. Teach the gospel. Help single mothers garden. Clean hospital walls. Clean chicken coops.
A mother's wish. Leave your family for awhile and return two years later more of a man with a worldwide perspective. Learn to appreciate your blessings.

Today I also celebrate the 18th birthday of my next son. He is a joy. He is happy. He is helpful. He is optimistic.
I feel loved and lucky today. It is chilly and cloudy , but I am warm and sunny.


Connie | December 4, 2008 at 8:52 PM

What great pictures of Elder Burton and the people in Kenya! One year - has it flown by? Another year and you'll be saying goodbye to A. Life goes on, the world changes and yet remains the same. It's good to see our sons grow and learn and become good men.

Kazzy | December 4, 2008 at 9:17 PM

It certainly is! I get excited about their progress at the same time that I lament their growing up. I feel like I have a split personality!

Heidi | December 4, 2008 at 11:39 PM

Your boys all look so different from each other. How cool! How wonderful to feel that peace of knowing that all is well with your children. But I hear what you are saying about feeling torn. The job of mom is not for the faint of heart.

LisAway | December 5, 2008 at 12:44 AM

Happy Birthday to the one and congratulations for passing the year mark to the other! And to you for both! Crazy to think of having adults. I mean that your children aren't children.

Luann | December 5, 2008 at 4:21 AM

Wow. A year? Eighteen? Really? I mean, I knew it was coming, but still. It blows my mind.

Your family and your milestones are a blessing to many lives, including mine.

Miss Brandy | December 5, 2008 at 8:28 AM

and don't forget, a redhead! That counts for 2 points! I think I'll be your brand of missionary mama, proud and delighted for the opportunity they get to serve in the world.

Heather of the EO | December 5, 2008 at 4:36 PM

I love your split personality.

I'm pretty sure I'll have the same two sides when my boys are older. They're both good--they show love!

I'm not o.k. with my word verification word,

EW. Dumb.

Heather | December 5, 2008 at 5:43 PM

You are an inspiration to me. My biggest fear is not being able to raise my kids to be the kind of adults that yours are. Where is your son on his mission.