Monday, April 30, 2012

Celebrating 17-Years of Greatness

17-years ago today when the doctor placed Spencer into my arms for the first time, I remember marveling at his tiny little  features.  He had dark hair like mine and brown eyes almost the exact same color as Glen's.  I was young--barely 22 and still in college when he was born--but our youthfulness did not stop us from harboring big dreams for our firstborn.  We were sure that he was destined for great things. 
Then he grew. 

And we discovered that "great" pretty much described him perfectly.    In addition to having a great sense of humor, being a great student, and a great debater.   He also had a strong penchant for great messes, great work avoiding techniques, and great and merciless teasing of his siblings.  

Then he grew some leukemia cells and at a time when he should be focusing on college entrance exams, his driver's license, playing lacrosse games for his high school team, going on dates and prom, finishing his eagle scout project, and even going to early morning seminary, Spencer has been confined to the hospital bed and taking round the clock medications.  When everything in his world suggested he had every right to go the other way, we have been comforted to see Spencer's good greats far outweigh the bad greats.  We see that he keeps a great and positive outlook in the midst of great adversity.  He is great at putting people at ease and being kind to young and old.  And that he is great at keeping a love of God in his heart. 

Through these last few months I am grateful to see a stronger glimpse of the great man that we believe he was destined to be.

Happy 17th Birthday Spencer! We are incredibly proud of you!!! 

Stay tuned tomorrow for a recap of his birthday celebrations, including the opening of the mountain of cards! 


Deanne said...

Happy Birthday Spencer! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Steve-Rosanna said...

Spencer, we wish you the happiest of birthdays. May this be your last birthday as a patient and the first of many-many-many more to come.

Wish we were there to share it with you. We will see you sometime this next few weeks.

Love, Grandpa-Grandma

K said...

Happy Happy Birthday Spencer! Hope you are showered with love today!

annalisa said...

Happy Birthday Spence! You rock!

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