Happy Birthday, Joshua

Today my baby is seventeen.

Seventeen years ago was a interesting and event filled time in my life. So many things happened right around that time, good, bad, amazing, and some horrendous. Really, really horrendous. The thing that kept me going, kept me filled with hope and happiness in a situation where happiness didn’t seem possible was this beautiful baby boy. During the pregnancy and just after he was born, I had this amazing depth of inner strength and peace that kept me shielded from the chaos swirling around me. Joshua is the light of my life and I was so grateful to have been able to stay at home with him from the time he was born. He and his sisters are the best things to have ever happened to me.

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Happy Birthday, baby boy.

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No matter how long you let your beard grow, you will always be my baby as well as the light of my life.