Happy 14th Birthday, Tito!
Today you turn 14 years old. As I watched you this morning walk towards me as I exited my bedroom, I could not believe how grown you have become. I can remember the day that we first met. I never knew the magnitude of appreciation, love and dedication that I would learn to have when it comes to the free gifts of life.
The first time we met. You are on the far right and was 10 years old.
We were complete strangers almost 4 years ago. My mind never knew the changes it would go through by raising a child that was not biologically connected to me. My emotions could not imagine back then the different feelings that I would have endured or the fight that I would put up to keep you in my life, even today, since I have no parental rights over you. Yet, my heart has never loved you any less!
My heart screams how much I care about you, your daily experiences, and your future. You have added to the abundance of joy that I have in life. You have blessed me with the opportunity to be called “Mom” by another son. YOU have helped our family grow, not only in size, but in compassion, unity and strength!
I often think about how a child that has been through so much in a short period of time still has the ability to love wholeheartedly with no barriers. I think about how you have embraced me as your mom and how I have come to love you as my own child. The love I have for you is so strong, that in my mind it makes me feel as if I was the woman to have created, birthed and now raise you.
I sit here almost 4 years later of you coming into my life and I can honestly say that you have helped me grow more as an individual. You have taught me that sometimes in life, it is not the circumstances that challenges a person, but the person that should challenge the circumstances to show that they are stronger than whatever challenge that comes their way.
As you know, this was the first time the boys and I had become a part of a blended family and though you had experienced this phase multiple times before us, this time I am sure would be different for you to adapt to. Your birth has not only become a special day in your life, but also a special day in ours. I gained a son and the boys gained a brother. You have changed our lives and we will forever be grateful for you!
Your Big brother BooBoo and You.
Now that you are getting older and you are maturing, I know that you will understand all that I am sharing with you with a more open mind and I want you to know that there will still be many days ahead that challenges will be presented to you, but you must always remember that with faith, belief and strength, not only within yourself, but from US… YOUR FAMILY … you will make it through it all, just as you have made it though everything in your past.
I love you beyond the moon and wish you all the best in life. Always know that I will be right there beside you every step of the way, with brightness in my eyes, belief in my mind, and love in my heart.
Thank you for making me your mom.
Happy Birthday, Son!