Happy 13th Birthday Zach!

by | Mar 27, 2010 | This Lefe Family

I get the privilege of being the mom of the best son in the world…and today, I am officially the mom of TWO teenagers! 🙂  My baby (he wouldn’t like me calling him that I suppose), turns 13 today!  What a fine young godly man God is growing Zach up to be!  I know God has His hand upon Zach, and I know without a doubt that God has some grandiose plans for Zach’s life.  I’m so thankful I get to tag along on his journey through life, and to be able to watch God’s plans for Zach unfold!
Each night as I tuck Zach in bed, we always say to each other in some form, “You’re the best son in the world”…”You’re the best mom in the world.”  It warms my heart each time.  I do feel like I have the best son in the world…the one that was given to me by God.  Today I’m very thankful for this amazing gift!
Zach has a kind, gentle, pure and soft heart.  He cares so much for others, and wants the best for them.  I rarely ever hear him talk negatively about anyone or anything.  I think he gets that from his father.  He’s concerned about others’ feelings, and he goes out of his way to make people feel special.  He has a heart for animals and the elderly.  Zach has been the one to be the designated caregiver for all of our cats through the years.  He loves spending time with our current outside cat, Kitty. 

Zach is an amazing soccer player, and has played since he was 5.  He loves this sport!  He also enjoys band and choir, and was just selected for the Men’s Select Choir at school called “Bad Buncha Boys!”  How fun! He’s not afraid to try new things, and it’s fun to watch him do so! 
Zach also has a big heart for God.  He often leads our prayers in the mornings in the car on the way to school.  He loves Jesus, and in many occasions, he stands up for Jesus’ name and confronts others when they misuse His name or use other inappropriate words.  Many times he’s shared with me the opportunities he’s taken to encourage others to “watch your language.” 
Zach always tries to do the right thing, and he, I feel is a good example for others to follow in so many ways of his life.  He is a good student, and gives all he has to what he’s doing.  I see that his work ethic is amazing at such a young age.  I know he can do anything he puts his mind to! 🙂
As I sit at my computer this morning, I’m thinking back to thirteen years ago today. Easter in 1997 was on the 30th, and that was actually my due date. We had some friends over and their children that Thursday morning for an Easter egg hunt at our home. Ali was almost three years old, and she was so excited to have her friends over and even more excited to have the egg hunt! How cute they all were! It was a beautiful sunny and somewhat warm day.
I remember being very uncomfortable most of that morning, and contractions started early afternoon/late morning. We decided it was time to get to the hospital, and arrived there around 4:30.  As when Ali was born, things progressed quickly. I had an epidural when I was delivering Ali, and wanted to make sure I had one with this birth as well. However, something happened during labor with Zach that made the epidural wear off, and in the heat of labor, I could feel EVERYTHING! I guess it went quickly though, and before I knew it, at 10:28 p.m. our beautiful baby boy was born! Zach was 9 lbs. 5 oz. and 22.5 inches long! I remember it like it was yesterday!
Thirteen years have gone by so quickly.  I feel like I have blinked and now Zach is a teenager! I’ve tried to cherish and soak in every moment in the last thirteen years. It humbles me to think that in five years he’ll be graduating from high school! AGH! I guess I don’t want my little guy to grow up, yet I know he wouldn’t be able to fulfull God’s plan for his life if he would stay my little boy forever. 😉  He will always be my “little boy” no matter how old he is!

He had a couple friends over last night to start our weekend celebration of his birthday.  They are sound asleep here downstairs in the other room.  We’ll get to celebrate with Zach today with a party with our family and close friends here in our home.  It’ll be fun to watch him today, knowing that I am the most blessed mom in the world to have Zach as my son.  I’ll watch him from a distance, realizing that with each passing year, I get to see his personality unfold, and get to see how God is working in his life.  To me there’s no greater joy than seeing that happen, almost in front of my eyes.  I’m praying for Zach today, as I do each day.  I pray that God continues to draw Zach to Himself, continues to protect and guide him, and continues to grow him up into the godly man that God wants him to be.  I also pray that God would bless him in all ways, and would give him great joy, especially today on his 13th birthday!

Thank you God for Zach!  Happy Birthday, buddy!  “You’re the best son in the world!”  Your mom loves you more than you know! <3

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