Friday, April 18, 2008


Today at 10:31am my little boy will be 5 years old! It seems like yesterday that we kissed Anthony good-bye and left for my scheduled c-section at the hospital. "E" was a "tiny" baby (6 lbs., 13 oz) compared to his big brother (8 lbs., 1 oz). He spent his first 48 hours in the NICU because of a rash and then we found out he had both VSD and ASD! It was a rough beginning, but he was the sweetest, most darling baby ever! He was such a quiet baby, always smiling and content. He was very different in appearance from his big brother, who had olive-skin, dark hair and eyes; Eddie was our blonde, blue eyed baby!! His blue eyes turned green around 1 1/2 years old!!

The following pictures are of Eddie opening an early present from his cousins Leandra and Kayla (thank you guys!). My boy loves tools, to build and to see how things are constructed. He was thrilled with his gifts and these photos are "so Eddie" !

We love and adore you Eddie - you keep us laughing, you keep us scratching our heads and you always amaze us!! Happy Birthday sweetheart!!

I found this poem on another blog and thought it was beautiful:


Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough
to know when he is weak,
and brave enough to face you when he is afraid,
one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishes
will not take the place of deeds;
a son who will know Thee -
and that he know himself
is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort,
but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
Here let him learn to stand up in the storm,
here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a son whose heart will be clear,
whose goals will be high;
a son who will master himself
before he seeks to master other men;
one who will reach into the future,
yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his,
add, I pray, enough sense of humor,
so that he may always be serious,
yet never take himself too seriously.
Give him humility, so that he may always remember
the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true wisdom,
and the weakness of true strength.

Then I, his father, will dare to whisper,
"I have not lived in vain."

~ General Douglas MacArthur


Aunt Debbie & Uncle Glen said...

Happy Birthday Eddie!!
Hope all your birthday wishes come true today!
We love you! Hugs & Kisses!!

Daniella said...

Happy Birthday Eddie! Great pics! Have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY E!! You are five, yeah!! You are getting so big. I do remember visiting you in the hospital when you were so tiny..

You are too cute for words..I just love the last picture of you, such great expressions like your mommy!

Love and kisses and a very happy birthday, Aunt Michie :)

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday!!! What an angel he is!! Mine was two days ago, so we might have alot in common!haha

I love that poem and think every little boy should have a copy!!

Hope you have a great weekend!!

Barbara & Family... said...

Happy Birthday Eddie!!! Love your haircut...great pictures as always. Love You!

Dawn said...

What a little cutie...Happy Birthday Eddie!!! Have a great weekend.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday Eddie!!!

LOVE the poem!

Colleen said...

Happy Birthday Eddie....what a cutie he is!
What a sweet poem! Thank you for sharing this!:)

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Eddie, hope your day was a good one!
I haven't been on in a while and am just catching up now.
I love the pictures - he looks like his daddy did when he was a little boy,figuring out how things worked.

What a beautiful poem!
Love, Miriam