Last week we celebrated Honorable Son #1. He is now officially an adult in the eyes of the law, 18 years old.

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Eighteen years, while filled to the brim with life changes, seems to have gone by in the blink of my tear-filled eyes.

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But when you break down those eighteen years into smaller parts, the enormity of all the time passed and moments lived has greater impact. Eighteen years means that I have been a mother to this amazing boy for 215.8375 months, or 6,570 days, or 157,680 hours, even more amazing-9,460,800 minutes(what??? NINE MILLION???), or how about 567,648,000 seconds. No wonder the celebration of 18 years takes your breath away!

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More than nine million minutes ago God sent this gift into our lives and together we have grown. Five hundred sixty-seven million, six hundred forty-eight thousand seconds of laughter, love, frustration and tears are woven together as a foundation for this child of God to go forth into the world as an “adult” of God. And, as his mother, those same emotion-filled moments, while making my hair a little grey-er, have taken the 18 year old child of God that my parents sent into the world and shaped me into an adult dependent on God.

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It is my prayer that this polite, out-going, wise, kind-hearted, strong-willed boy recognizes his blessings, goes out into the world being humble, honest, and hard-working, and lets the light of his Savior shine brightly through him on his journey.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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Happy Birthday, Son!

One thought on “9,460,800

  1. We thought of Reuben on his birthday~ I love the pictures of that chubby cheek baby boy…18…ugh! We must have had our children when we were children ourselves! 🙂 I miss you my friend~


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