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Favorite Photo Friday – “Happy 14th Birthday Nick”

14 years ago today, I became a Mom to a beautiful baby boy.
He was born a few weeks premature, and we were not sure what to expect, but our little Nick was a fighter. To our surprise, within the first 24 hours, he was out of the NICU and in the arms of his adoring parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

It was such a special day for our family… that I doubt any of us will ever forget.
He was the first child, first nephew, and first grandchild.
There was more excitement in the room than you can imagine.

He ultimately became my world and in a time when my life and my health seemed to be spinning out of control, he kept me grounded and kept my spirits high. Just when I thought I could not take another day of hospitals, office visits, tests, and treatments….. I would look into the eyes of this precious little peanut and knew that I had to fight not only for myself, but for him too.

I often think back to our early days together and how scary it must have been for him as he watched me bounce in and out of the hospital while he was taken care of by my parents and close family members. He always made me proud as he handled it all with grace……

and I have to say, 14 years later, I am still that adoring proud parent!!

He is a terrific boy, with a good head on his shoulders. He has a tender heart and is very respectful to his peers and elders. In the last two years he has really come out of his shell and has become more social. He is really starting to find himself…..and passion in things such as music and food. He is the first one to come join me in the kitchen when I start to cook…… and of course, I LOVE THAT more than words can express!

Nick is growing into a wonderful young man and it is difficult to think that in just two short years he will be old enough to get behind the wheel of a car. Even though I am staring “up” at this handsome young man, it is hard for me to see him as anything but a little boy.

The years have flown by, but the memories of his baby days are fresh in my head and will always be held close to my heart.

Nick couldn’t be more loved and adored by his family!
He is an all around great kid and the best big brother any girl could ask for:)

The best big brother a girl could ask for CROP BLOG
“Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.”
~Marc Brown~

We love you Nick…..Happy 14th Birthday!

This picture was taken this week as Nick was trying to cheer up his sick little sis!
We head back to the pediatrician tomorrow for a recheck.
As of today, I think Payton the Panda might be finding her way into Reagan’s heart.
Not nearly as many tears when she makes her appearance every four hours.
Thanks for all the advice and well wishes. They were greatly appreciated.

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  • jade - Happy Birthday Nick! Congratulations from Belgium!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - Happy Birthday, Nick!
    What a fantastic young man he is… no wonder you are so proud :)
    I am sure that everything you two endured when he was younger has made him into the strong and resilient young man (and fantastic big brother :)) he is today!
    Hope you have a GREAT day, Nick :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle R Photography - Happy Birthday to your very special and handsome Nick!!!!


  • Brooke - Happy Birthday Nick!! He is handsome as ever, and Reagan looks like a porcelin doll in that photo!! Absolutely gorgeous!! xoxo!!ReplyCancel

  • Love Letters To China - Happy Birthday to your sweet boy!


  • Eva - Happy 14th Birthday, Nick! Lisa, you have every right to proud of your young man.

    Glad to hear Reagan is warming up to Payton. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Happy Birthday to Nick…there is something so special about a big brother!


  • Scarlett - you got one Handsome boy, Happy Birthday to him!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Such a handsome young man!!! Happy Birthday Nick!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - beautiful post!
    Happy 14th birthday Nick; you sound like a wonderful young man, and very handsome too!
    And well done to you, Lisa, proud Mum, with good reason.

    hope the ped visit goes really well tomorrowReplyCancel

  • Buckeroomama - Happy birthday to Nick! He shares the same birthday as my son. There must be something really special about that date to make these boys so, so wonderful (and such great big brothers). :)ReplyCancel

  • Gail - What a special day for you all!! Happy Birthday Nick!! Lisa, I can tell how proud you are of your handsome guy. :)

    Hope your little patient has good news at the pediatrician tomorrow!


  • tiarastantrums - Happy Birthday to your little man (not so little any longer though)I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and he always has seemed like such a gentle young man!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - What an attractive young man!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Happy birthday to your gorgeous 14 year old boy!!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia/NYC - Beautiful post, from a beautiful mom about a wonderful boy!!

    Happy Birthday, Nick!ReplyCancel

  • likeschocolate - Happy Birthday Nick! He is Handsome! Reagan’s hair is sure getting long.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is so handsome and looks just like you!ReplyCancel

  • Honey Mommy - What a handsome young man! Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Dominique Goh - Happy birthday Nick.. you have a really charming son.ReplyCancel

  • Seeing Each Day - What a journey. I have a little boy and without me sounding like a good parent, because many days I feel I’m not – I just love him more and more. I get that feeling from your words today. Glorious pictures – which is not unlike any day I visit your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Henrietta Hassinen - He is quite a charmer:)ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - That’s a beautiful photo for your album there, a keeper for sure :)ReplyCancel

  • Jboo - Happy Birthday to your sweet son! You are indeed a lucky lucky Mom!

    Have a good weekend! Hope Reagan is feeling better!


  • Laurie - What a beautiful post..Happy Birthday to Nick!

    I hope both of the girls are feeling better.

    Good news about Peyton.

    Yes, you should go for the haircut!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - I love this photo! What a blessing to have such a wonderful son…and big brother! Happy Birthday Nick!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicolasa @ {My}Perspective - Happy Birthday to a very handsome boy!ReplyCancel

  • Vhen - happy birthday Nick! More Blessings :)ReplyCancel

  • Mock-Turtle - Happy birthday, Nick! Lovely post, and the top photo is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Gina Kleinworth - A VERY Happy Birthday to Nick!!! You know my son (Niklas) will also be 14 in about 3 weeks. How fast it goes by – I can hardly believe it. It’s so wonderful to see them mature into such wonderful young men isn’t it?!

    I’m happy to hear that Payton is becoming more accepted- but sorry to hear that she is still needed.

    Have a very blessed weekend Lisa!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday Nick, beautiful post!ReplyCancel

  • Maddy - What a handsome young man he’s becoming!! I’ve watched him “grow” on the blog and he sounds like such a great kid! Happy Birthday, Nick! Hope your birthday is as special as you are!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - Lisa,
    What a very special bond you and Nick share. It shows. Enjoy celelbrating with him on Monday! taraReplyCancel

  • Marla - Hope he had a wonderful day and that y’all have a great celebration on Monday!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy LifenReflection - What a wonderful story and adorable photo!ReplyCancel

  • snekcip - Oh what a beautiful letter to a very handsome and well-rounded young man. Nick, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, always know that you are a GIFT to your family EVERYDAY.

    *Hope Reagan is feeling much better, so good to hear that her and “The Panda” are making friends*

    Happy Weekend!!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie - Happy Birthday to (gorgeous!) Nick! awww. He sounds so sweet! He clearly has his little sisters convinced!

    Hopefully Reagan will feel better soon – poor sweet girl.

    xo ellieReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Happy Birthday to Nick.ReplyCancel

  • KandK - Oooooooo, such a sweet pic of Nick and Regs…..

    Wishing you all a wonderful weekend:)

    Happy Birthday Nick!!!!!

    God Bless,

  • Dita - Lisa, the thing that always strikes me about Nick when we are with him is that he is so mature, responsible, effortlessly polite and engaging…it helps that he’s super cool and seriously handsome…WonderBoy thinks he’s the Bomb and Sweetie just swoons and says…”Bieber who?”
    Happy Birthday, Nick…you are a “DARLING” Delicacy!….we love you xoxoxo Dita and the DarlingsReplyCancel

  • Sharon - He has the most beautiful smile and eyes. Happy belated Birthday Nick! I hope Reagan is feeling better!ReplyCancel

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