Letter to Owen on His 3rd Birthday

(This is actually a day early for 2 reasons. One, tomorrow is my day off the internet, and two he is in a wedding this weekend so we are pretending his birthday is today!)

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Dear Sweet Owen,

Three years ago you single-handedly changed our world. Our priorities found new order. Our idea of a perfect weekend changed.

When those who delivered you first saw you they reacted with great surprise. With my size they had expected nothing more than a seven pounder and you came out at a large nine pounds, eleven ounces! You looked 12 weeks old! Your eyes were bright and alert.

Ever since that moment you have been full of surprises. We never know what is going to come out of your mouth next… or where you pick up these words, sentences, and concepts. You never cease to amaze us.

Your drama never ends. Sometimes we wish we could escape in your little world, it looks so fun! You make us remember what it was like to be little and find simple joy out of a blanket over a chair and calling it a fort. Dragons and Sharks are around every corner in your world. Your world amazes us.

After the delievery room staff commented on your size they made comments about booming temper. Yes, little one you could scream, and you still can. Your passion and strong-will came with a quick temper. That same passion and will, correctly directed and added to the right heart could change the world. Your temper will have to be met with self-control. We hope and pray that we can help point you in that direction.

In the last few weeks you have learned to be the most amazing big brother. Yes, sometimes you just haul off and hit Lukas, or push him over for no reason. But more often you have wanted him to play with you, or shown him how to do things. You beg to pray for him every nap-time and every night time. Your often trying to make him laugh. Your dad and I never had a sibling that close to our age so we watch the two of you in amazement.

You are one-of-a-kind Owen and we pray that never changes. Your first name means mighty warrior. Your middle name means God’s peace. May you find the balance between the two all through your life.

We love you so much.
This is going to be a great year.

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12 Responses to “Letter to Owen on His 3rd Birthday”


  1. 1 nicole fortunato May 10, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    beautiful letter. . .thank you for sharing. tell owen ‘happy birthday’! xoxo n

  2. 2 Heidi Jo May 10, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    holy catsmokes lots of birthday’s happening in blog world eh?

    what a sweet tribute. we were blessed with a firstborn with a strong will as well. thankfully God gave us our daughter quickly after or we might have decided to have only one:-) you are right though, it is that strong will and determined spirit that will change the world.

    happy birthday owen!

  3. 3 wytammic May 10, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Happy Birthday Owen!

    MZ — you are so blessed to have such wonderful children. Enjoy them 🙂

  4. 4 caroline May 10, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Happy Birthday, O!!! YOu are such a treasure! Don’t ever forget that you have wonderful parents!

  5. 5 hydro74girl May 10, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    happy birthday owen!

  6. 6 Kristy C May 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    It seems like yesterday we were celebrating his first birthday! Happy Birthday Owen!

  7. 7 misi May 11, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Owen, happy birthday to you!

  8. 8 layguy May 11, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Happy Birthday Owen!

    Cool photo Mommy!

    As a father of a 3.5 y/o girl and a 1.5 y/o old boy, I totally relate to what you say. My wife is a petite little thing and when they pulled out my 12 day late daughter weighing in at 9.4 pounds…

  9. 9 t.y. May 11, 2007 at 10:42 am

    many, many blessings in your third year, owen. 🙂 and may your mom and dad enjoy the wonders of three to the fullest!

  10. 10 nicole fortunato May 11, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    ok. . .so i know you’re doing internet-free fridays and i’m happy about that. i really think it’s great. but i must tell you i miss seeing a (2) on my bookmarks bar from you. 😦 hope you’re having a great day. love you.

  11. 11 stevereenie May 11, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    This is a very Happy Birthday wish for our little Owen. Sorry I couldn’t see him today since I hurt my back. It seems if it isn’t one thing it is always another. Hope he likes his little trike……PaPa . . . . . . . Next Stop Lauderdale


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