Monday, April 23, 2007

Mac

Today is my firstborn's sixteenth birthday. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday that I held him in my arms for the very first time, and felt a love so strong that I was overwhelmed at how my God must love me.

Mackenzie, or Mac as he now likes to be called, and I have grown up together. I was just twenty years old when he was born. I like to think that he has helped make me who I am today.

Mac has always been mature. Seriously. Everyone said he was like a little old man. He's always had a deep voice, but a very high pitched infectious giggle. Especially when he is tired. Instead of getting grumpy, he just giggles at everything. It's still the same today.

He's a natural leader, and loves to take charge. He's respectful, and kind. He's gentle, and patient. He loves music. It has consumed him! He's always singing, and making sound effects. He is most relaxed with a guitar in his hands.

Mac has accomplished quite a bit for his age. He went to public school through second grade, and was then home schooled for 5 1/2 years. He returned to public school in the middle of eighth grade. He has played football, kept stats for basketball, and is in Boy Scouts. He's been in NJROTC, represented the school in various academic competitions, and kept all A's. He's in National Honor Society, and Who's Who Among American High School Students. He works a part-time job at a small restaurant.

Most importantly, Mac knows who he is. He knows that he belongs to the Lord. He knows that God gave him his talents, and he gives back. I'm proud to be his mother. Happy Birthday, Mac.

17 comments:

Trella said...

What a lovely post! He sounds like a wonderful young man. I hope he sounds a wonderful birthday.

Lori B said...

Happy Birthday to your son Mac.
Sounds like he is a wonderful young man.

Candy said...

Happy Birthday to your son :)

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Mac!

I loved reading your sweet sentiments towards him. They do, indeed, grow up much too fast!

Beck said...

Happy birthday to Mac! He sounds like a boy to be proud of.

Elise said...

Happy Birthday, young man! ( a little late, but heartfelt nonetheless! )
You have a treasure, Tracy!

Patrick & Rachel said...

Happy 16th birthday, Mac!!!!! Hope you had a great day!

Christy said...

You had me in tears... 16 years old!! I can't even imagine :)

Happy Birthday Mac!! He sounds like a wonderful son!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday, Mac! I really enjoyed the slideshow, too! A wonderful post, Tracy.

mcewen said...

So many happy birthdays around today.
I can relate particularly to the sons thing.
best wishes to you and yours.

Christie Belle said...

Happy Birthday to your beloved first born! I know you are so proud of him! I loved the slide show too, they are perfect for these birthday tributes!

Kelli said...

What a wonderful birthday post! Happy Birthday, Mac!!!
Kelli

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful Mom you are to raise such a special young man!

Happy Birthday Mac!

PortraitofPeter said...

Belated Birthday greetings to your son.

He does sound a wonderful young man and may I wish your son every success for the future.

Blessings to you all.

Beemoosie said...

What a wonderful testimony of your son! Happy birthday to Mac!

My GF's at work and I were just discussing how fast our babies grow up! I was 20 when my eldest was born too...she'll be 15 in Dec. God is good!

Trella said...

I love the updated birthday pictures! The cake looks yummy!

Tracy said...

I have to tell you all that when Mac viewed these posts about him, he was quiet, and then gave me a big kiss and a hug! My heart melted! Thanks for all of your sweet comments!