Color Week :: Red and Green Birthday Boy

by Stefani on 2-March-2009

Red, in the bunting that greeted him this morning. 

Birthday Red

Green, in the cake that he wanted to make and decorate himself. 


Of course by "himself" I mean that he did it with two eager brothers next to him, hopping from foot to foot and squealing, "please can I do some? Can I? Can I? Huh? Pleeeeeeeease?" And of course he obliged. 

The Wish 

I'm proud to say that I only cried a little bit today… when I was thinking about the day I first met him. He was so small and I was certain that someone would show up any second to whisk him away. Surely they would find him a better mother when they realized that he was too perfectly beautiful to be entrusted to me. We looked at the photos of his first day together… it nearly did me in. 

Then I got all sappy again when I thought about what a cool person he is becoming, loyal, generous and thoughtful. He loves fiddle music and karate. He's sentimental and nostalgic. He dreams of farming and doing things "the old fashioned way." He loves his brothers and his chickens fiercely. He says "I love you" a lot. He's truly a great kid. 

I would have cried some more, a lot more, if I had let myself really think about the fact that if the next 8 years pass as quickly… he'll soon be 16 and wanting to celebrate with his friends and borrow the car and …

Yes well. 

I'm just not going to go there. Not yet. 

For now I'm just going to soak up every little bit of eight.
Sarah Jackson March 2, 2009 at 8:42 pm

awww. Happy birthday, sweet little man. You’re becoming a very big boy indeed.

annamaren March 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Happy birthday, and happy birthing day to you. : )

What a beautiful job he did at the cake, an awesome way to fete 8!

kathie March 2, 2009 at 9:39 pm

oh my.
happy birthday.
coming from another mother of an eight year old who loves her chickens, her karate, and her brother.
the time. it does fly!

I Wonder Woman March 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I thought the same thing when my oldest was born. I just sobbed in my hospital bed, waiting for someone to come and tell me it was a mistake- I don’t get to keep her.

So grateful for the moments we have with our small ones! What a beautiful birtthday 🙂

Kez March 3, 2009 at 1:05 am

Happy birthday to your special 8 year old!

Abby March 3, 2009 at 2:49 am

I adore your blog…. I have linked you from mine today!! Thanx for the constant inspriation.

Vintage Chica March 3, 2009 at 4:18 am

Eight? Eight? How do you have an eight year old? Oh my mama…you are blessed. Happy birthday little friend.

Jen March 3, 2009 at 4:19 am

Yikes, 8! Happy Birthday to him. And that cake, wow, what a creation.

caroline thornewill March 3, 2009 at 4:39 am

Happy, happy birthday!

My sweet little Lily turned 8 on Friday. Sigh.

VintagePleasure March 3, 2009 at 5:09 am

Happy Birthday.8 is the best age I think. xxx

Erin March 3, 2009 at 5:28 am

i hope it was a very happy day! 8 is such a great age.

SpiderWomanKnits March 3, 2009 at 5:32 am

Happy Birthday to you little man!

Sarah March 3, 2009 at 5:37 am

Hapde Burfday!

Floss March 3, 2009 at 6:34 am

Wow! Happy Birthday and thanks for the photos. I’m loving this Colour Week – it’s giving me the chance to find so many lovely blogs. Thanks for this one…
A bientot from France!

Butzeballchen March 3, 2009 at 6:39 am

The time flies doesn’t it?
Happy Birthday!!

patricia March 3, 2009 at 7:05 am

Oh yes, I know about that imagining them being 16 thing–I cried and cried the day my oldest turned nine, realizing suddenly that he was halfway to 18. Now he *is* 16, and things are different–but still wonderful.

Enjoy eight with your sweet little man.

Stefani March 3, 2009 at 7:25 am

Goodness, we might need to get these two together someday! My boy is endlessly worried that he won’t find a girl to marry who loves chickens as much as he does 🙂

Stefani March 3, 2009 at 7:25 am

Well thank you, Abby. I’ll run right over for a visit!

Stefani March 3, 2009 at 7:26 am

You really should have seen the counter… and the floor 🙂

Stefani March 3, 2009 at 7:27 am

Can I just tell you how much I love it when you say that? I see your little man’s face every time I “hear” it. 🙂

Stefani March 3, 2009 at 7:27 am

Welcome Floss, and welcome! France!!! Oh how very very much I’d like to see France!

Stefani March 3, 2009 at 7:28 am

Well now that you mention it, yes, I’m sure to be a complete wreck next birthday. Oh my.

Fiona March 3, 2009 at 7:51 am

Happy 8th Birthday! Or Breithla Shona Duit as we say here in Ireland.

Stefani March 3, 2009 at 7:57 am

Oh Fiona! You’ve just made my boy’s whole day!

Among his birthday gifts was the Little Travelers ( video about The British Isles. He had been pining after it for some time because ee is quite taken with your country and most especially it’s music. He’s a been learning the fiddle for a year now in the hopes that one day he can play a nice jig 🙂 So, needless to say, he was over the moon when I told him that someone in Ireland wished him a happy birthday.

Thank you so much for that!


Birgitte March 3, 2009 at 8:00 am

In two weeks I will have a 12-year-old and a 6-month-old in the house. Although I didn’t meet my 12-year-old until he was 5 it is amazing how time flies.

Thank you for your blog, it always makes me feel better. Like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day.

melissa s. March 3, 2009 at 8:14 am

happy birthday. you sound like a pretty neat guy! and i’m so glad to hear other mamas cry as much as i do when their babies have birthdays 🙂

Melanie March 3, 2009 at 9:25 am

Many happy birthday wishes from all of us here in Oregon! My Ian is counting the days until he’s five (“June must be right around the corner, righ mama?”)…oh, my eight is BIG! Happy Birth Day to you, too!

Marissa March 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

What an amazing voice of sentimentality upon your boy’s birthday. I’m especially touched by the perspective of “the first day you met him”.

As the Mom of two boys, one 4 1/2, one 9 weeks old, I appreciate your blog and it’s boy-oriented sweetness so very much.

Thanks for always making my day!

Carolyn March 3, 2009 at 10:56 am

Aw, that is bittersweet, isn’t it? I’m glad you’re soaking it up. Happy birthday to your guy. What an awfully fun cake!

Amber March 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Aw, Happy Birthday to your guy! They’re such bittersweet times for moms, I think. It’s something I wasn’t expecting, the sadness and nostalgia on my kid’s special days.

Helen March 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm

EIGHT is GREAT. What a nice celebration you made for your little man..

Hannah March 3, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Ok so if things don’t quite work out with Kathie’s daughter, my own might volunteer. She spends quality time with our hens nearly every day (I call her my little Fern), and today informed me she had kissed one on the beak. Egads!

Tell your guy he did a great job on his cake!

Hannah March 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm

P.S. Assuming you made the birthday bunting, can you post where we can find directions? (Or buy one, if you purchased it?) Thanks!

Cassandra March 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Happy birthday, little blue yonder rancher!

Julie Alvarez March 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm

No way! Eight? That’s a lot!
You must be so proud. And you MUST cry! At least when in bed, sheltered by your husband’s loving arms. Let it flow, mama…!
Today was my little girl’s first day of kinder. I almost didn’t cry… Well. I am doing it now, while browsing the pictures I snapped!
Congratulations, you are one good mama.

Miko's Girl March 3, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Happy anniversary to you, Mom! Your birthday boy did a great job on his cake. I love the bunting too! Enjoy eight – G is ending her eight year on the 22nd. They grow up so fast.

nytesong March 4, 2009 at 5:40 am

Happy Birthday!

beki March 4, 2009 at 6:26 am

Aww, Happy Birthday. The time sure does go by quickly, doesn’t it?

Mary Smith March 5, 2009 at 7:15 pm

What a great cake! Happy birthday to a special eight-year-old!

Sarah March 6, 2009 at 2:48 pm

my son just turned 8 too

i love the cake he decorated!! i am sorry to say that having Lee decorate his own cake didn’t even occur to me. next year. this was actually the first year he didn’t want a theme cake. so grown up.

i just discovered your blog- i really like it. i have 3 kids also and i felt too overwhelmed (among other reasons) to continue homeschooling this year. we are revisiting our decision, and your blog gives me inspiration. i love what you do with your family, and your book of days.

thanks! and i’ll keep reading


Stefani March 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Welcome Sarah! I’m so glad that you stopped by, and thank you, so very much for your kind words.
I’ve just popped over to your blog to see your birthday boy. He’s adorable… and much envied to a handful of boys in Texas who have never been ice skating!
I took a peak at your work too… amazing, gorgeous and inspired! I’m so looking forward to visiting with you here and at your place too!

Kathy March 8, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Such a lovely birthday. My own 8yo boy will soon turn 9, and I’m so sad for myself at how fast it’s going, but thrilled for who he is becoming.:-)

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