A Memorable Birthday
With my son about to turn 13, an age which seemed like a very monumental time in life, I wanted to do something special for his birthday. I asked him what he would like to do. Like any normal, almost teen boy, he said, “I don’t know.” Then like any normal mom, I scoured the internet. I searched through Google, Facebook, and Pinterest and found nothing that I thought would be special or momentous for a boy about to turn 13.
Then I had an idea to have family members, friends, and church members send him cards with advice for his life and Bible verses they thought would guide him through his teen years. My husband said he thought that sounded more like something you would give a graduate; but, I explained that I want our son to have these cards to read and reflect on as he struggled through his teen years. I want him to have wonderful words of wisdom from people that he trusts, and Bible verses that he can hide in his heart to get him through tough times.
So I sent a message out on Facebook to friends, family members, and my former congregation where my son had grown up. I asked them to send cards with Bible verses and advice that would help him through his teen years. I also said if any kids would like to send cards, too, those cards would be appreciated as well. He was very excited when he started receiving the cards. He found a special box to put them in so that he can read them whenever he needs encouragement or inspiration.
My sister had my niece who is 3 years old to send advice as seen through the eyes of a preschooler. It was hilarious and it was one of my son’s favorite cards. I loved how people would include memories they had of him when he was little, along with the advice and Bible verses. That made the cards extra special. We even received cards from family members that we rarely have an opportunity to see. That was special as well.
I am confident that these cards will make a difference in his teen years. I am hoping that when he is struggling at any point in time, he can look through his box of cards and realize how many people are supporting him throughout every phase of his life.