Happy Birthday...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Michael! Today my son turns 12! 
What joy he has brought to this family. Here he is opening one of his birthday presents. 
We celebrated on Monday since the Colonel was home for the long weekend. 
He loved all his presents, especially his very own cell phone. 
He didn't know what it was when he opened it, but you can tell by the look on his face that he figured out pretty quickly that he now has his very own cell phone!

Here we are on a hayride at a farm near our house about 4 years ago...

Visiting Arlington Cemetery...

His big sister Olivia and him playing in a box, of all things, I love this picture of them!

And of course with his Opa, whom he loved so very much!

12 years ago today was a very scary day for us. Michael's birth was very unpredictable. 
I actually went into labor with him 8 weeks early but was able to hold on till his due date, but by the time that date arrived I was very huge, I guess that's what 8 weeks of bed rest does!

Anyway, during Michael's birth he somehow managed to get stuck...
he was just too big, he weighed 10 1/2 pounds! 
All of a sudden 3 nurses were on top of my belly trying to push him out, his heart rate had dropped tremendously and I was in the worse pain I ever experienced as the doctor proceeded to break Michael's collarbone to save his life. 
He was born with no heart beat, not breathing and quite blue.

Thankfully they were able to revive him and he has been a joy to us ever since! 
Happy Birthday Michael! 
May the Lord bless you as you continue to grow and serve Him! 
We love you!


  1. Happy Birthday Michael!!!

    What a little mircle.....after all you went through during birth!

    Have a great day in the LORD!!

  2. Oh wow... God is good! Happy Birthday to your miracle. Blessings!

  3. Aaaww Lois, how adorable is he?? I wish him a very Happy Birthday!!

    We serve a mighty God!! I had a birth miracle, too, that I'll share in a later post. So glad you and he were both fine!!

    Have a fun day!!

  4. My birthday wishes to the young Man too...

    Enjoy the day Mom...

    Just A Gal...

  5. God is sooooo Good! An amazing miracle!! His smile says it all!!
    Thanks for sharing this special day with us.

  6. Happy Birthday, Michael! Enjoy your big day!

    Blessings to you, too, Mom!

  7. Definatley a miracle! He is precious! Happy Birthday Micheal!

  8. Happy Birthday Michael!! What precious children you have!

    I enjoyed watching Ellen, it made my morning :)

    Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
    Kathi :)

  9. Happy Birthday Michael!!! You are a very special young man and God has great plans for your life!

  10. Happy Birthday to Michael. When God goes to such great lengths to show us that He is the giver of life, you know it is the beginning of something big! Michael, may you look to the Lord always as your help and sustainer.

  11. Awww.......Happy, Happy Birthday to Michael!!
    What a wonderful story..... truly AMAZING!!!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing. ;)

    Love & Blessings,
    Miss Jen

  12. Michael is a miracle child and has a very special blessing on his life. Happy Birthday Michael and Happy Birthday Lois! Enjoy your very special day!

  13. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Michael, Happy birthday to you.
    May God be gracious to you Michael and bless you and make His face shine upon you this day and always.
    amen amen amen

  14. Lois
    ,Please wish Michael a very happy Birthday from me. He is looks so adorable. I have a Michael too, and he is one of the finest young men, must be something about that name. lol. God must have something really great for him to do , for the enemy to try and take him so early. Our God reigns!!!!

  15. He is indeed your miracle child. I can't imagine how scared you must have been.

    Happy Birthday to your Michael!!

  16. Came across your blog for the first time. It caught my eye because i have a sister that lives in Bethlehem, PA. Her husband pastors a church there.

    I will visit again. Have a good day!

  17. What a journey for Michael to make his way into the world. You are an amazing woman to have coped with all that, and to have gone on to raise such gorgeous and talented children! I loved your photographs of your children as they were growing up - such wonderful memories, and you have a great way of sharing them. Blessings to you all, especially the Birthday Boy!

    Fiona x

  18. Wow...10.5 pounds? Incredible! What a story. Happy Birthday to him and I love your blog!

  19. Wow Lois, i remember going to his Dedication!!How time flies. Happy Birthday Michael!!!Have fun with your cell phone!!!!Lois I loved the picture of your Dad and Son. It felt so real like he was around here. love to you all!!! anna k.

  20. Happy Birthday Michael...I remember it all.....how you came out "black" and bruised. We love you! I also remember the first moment I saw you, Oma was holding you, and I started crying because of your bruises...and how Oma told me to stop crying! Another 5 year old moment! Aunt Liz

  21. Wow what an amazing story! The Lord has something great planned for Michael, He spared His life to fulfill a great purpose!

    We had a scare with our second child, so I can relate to your feelings that day. I don't think I have ever prayed and bargained with God as much as I did then!

  22. Oh my goodness, what a scary day. I'm glad it turned out to be a blessed day! Belated Happy Birthday!