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I'm a single mom with two great kids living near Dallas, Texas. This is my life; day to day things that are probably only important to me. This is my record of my ups, my downs and the road that I've taken along the way. For whatever reason YOU'RE here, I hope you find something you can enjoy and/or relate to. God bless.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

17 years ago today...

I had a beautiful and healthy baby boy. We named him Casey because my dad had always wanted a son named Casey, and we liked the name. He was beautiful and precious then, and he's handsome and precious now. I am so proud of this young man.

This is a very hard birthday for him, for all the apparent reasons. He doesn't want to celebrate this birthday, and that's very hard for me to go along with. Last night we talked about what a blessing his life was, is and is yet to be. We talked about how Satan (yeah, if you don't get where I'm coming from, just roll your eyes and skip a head a little, I'll still love ya :) ) had tried for so long and in so many ways to keep him from coming into this world and how faith won every battle Satan waged against us having him. We talked about what powerful things God must have had planned for his life for Satan to have waged battle after battle after battle to try and keep me from having this child. But the victory was Gods...and so was Casey. We talked about how many things he's seen God do in his life. Then, we talked about how Satan is still trying to block his walk with God, and currently he's doing it by trying to steal Casey's joy.
Yes, his dad walked out on us, abandoned us without a thought as to how it would devastate his children, in search of his own happiness. But that has nothing whatsoever to do with what a great and loving person Casey is. It was simply another road block Satan is putting in his way to steal Casey's joy and separate him from his walk with God. I told Casey how much I loved him, how very proud I was of him and that I hoped he knew that I would die before I'd ever leave him.
We healed some last night. I can't begin to imagine how much pain this young mans heart is in, I'd do anything to make it better. But this, I suppose, is part of growing up and I know in my heart and with faith in my Father God, that Casey will be a stronger and even more compassionate man for it.

Please lift him up today, on my baby's 17th birthday.

Hugs to all, and may God bless and keep you.


Blogger ~Deb said...


There's a reason why God put you here. "Satan", like all of us are human, and we all make mistakes. Unfortunately, some of us don't think before we act.

Kathi- you're a terrific mom for being there for your sons and helping them through this, as well as you trying to cope with this all yourself.

I pray for you and your family to heal fast, and that God will work in your lives to show you how this all falls into place.

Love to all of you...and I wish Casey the best birthday ever...


8:55 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Happy Birthday Casey...17 is a good age and here's hoping you have a great day despite what's currently happening.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Chrissie said...

Happy Birthday to him! and Happy Labor Day to you! ;)

9:30 AM  
Blogger samuru999 said...

Wishing your most wonderful son
a beautiful and special day!
Happy, Happy Birthday!
Enjoy the day together.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



9:48 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Your son is so blessed to be brought into this world with such a loving mom. I hope that he has a wonderful day. Happy Birthday Casey!!

9:52 AM  
Blogger ~ Amanda X&O said...

Happy 17th Casey, you have a great mom.

Listen to "she let herself go" by George Strait. That song is so you. Every time I hear it, I think of you and your family.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous 3carnations said...

Happy birthday Casey!

You've got a fine family Kathi...Continue to encourage your son to celebrate his birthday, along with all his other blessings.

The pain that their father is causing them will make them better fathers themselves someday. They will have the wisdom that Mark apparently lacked (sorry, not trying to be harsh here) to know that their children should come first, and that there is no place for selfishness as a parent.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Johnnie Avocado said...

Happy Birthday, Casey! We love you guys!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Our children are so often left to pick up the pieces we leave behind of ourselves. My wish for Casey is for him to know how very much you love him, and to somehow understand that Mark leaving isn't a reflection on him as a son, it's a reflection on Mark as a man. Some people are just not very good at being grown-up.

As a mom who has watched her boys grow up with a dad other than the one they were born with, it's Mark who should be pitied, not Casey (LOVE that name BTW). To give up voluntarily the time he has left to watch his children mature and grow is something he will regret later. I've seen it with my own two eyes.

I hope Casey has a wonderful birthday full of healing and forgiveness. And Cake....lots and lots of cake!!!

Congratulations on the anniversary of the birth of your son Kathi!! How great is it that every year they (our children) have a birthday, WE (moms) get the best gift.....THEM.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Leesa said...

Happy Birthday, Casey!

I can understand you not wanting to celebrate - hopefully you can do something you want to do today, as long it is not illegal, immoral or uncool!

12:31 PM  
Blogger DaBich said...

Happy Birthday Casey! Many happy returns. 18 next year...voting age!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Acecold said...

Happy Birthday big guy!!

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4:19 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Have I told you that you are a great mom?

Casey is a lucky kid. Im sorry that him (and your whole family) are going through such a tough time. You guys amaze me. Im proud of you!

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Casey, happy birthday. From what I hear you are already a man. Not just one in age, but in action. Some guys never grow up, shirking their responsibilities. You will not be one of those guys. Your mother should be proud, she has no choice with a kid like you.

6:30 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

Kathi this post makes me want to cry, I am sorry.

Happy late Birthday Casey!

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy late birthday Casey!! 17 is an important age!!

10:01 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Happy belated b-day Casey.

9:37 AM  

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