Thursday, March 12, 2009


Greg and Dana on our Disney trip

A rare day to take a nap

Many words describe him. One word defines him and that is generous.

Greg is 35 and I have no idea how that could be.

I still feel far too young to have a boy that age. Actually it really creeps me out for him to say his age, meaning his Mom must be ancient. This is where long term memory surfaces and I am reminded that my short term is not all that great. I can vividly remember the day I found out I was pregnant with him. I can remember every detail of the day he was born, down to the people that visited me....I remember the total joy of a little guy that started us on the road (though sometimes long and and hard)of parenthood, or at least the easy part.

Kids grow up and Kids make you proud and he has done both well. I am in awe of the wonderful man he has become. Thank you Lord. So many things make me proud of him. He is a wonderful husband ...his wife would say "the best". He is an awesome step-dad (you would never ever know Austin is not his biological child). And just to make sure you don't think we live in a perfect family, he went through a divorce 7 years ago that was devastating to him. For the past 5 years he has been married to the Right person. Another thank you Lord. He is the ultimate brother and his name is next to UNCLE in the dictionary. That is another post when I introduce you to my daughter. (next post)
He is the hardest worker. I love a good work ethic and in this day and time, I see so many kids that do not have it. He has been in the car business for the past 15 years, moving up the ladder, working 80 hour weeks many weeks. I would call him a workaholic, except that he does it all so he can bless others.

He just loves to GIVE. He has a soft heart and would give anyone the shirt off his back. I fear that at times his generosity has been to a fault...but I think he has learned a few good life lessons. And how can you not be proud of a generous son?

He was born to be a Dad....he has so many of the same traits as my husband. That dream is coming true when he and Dana welcome a new little boy in June. The grin on his face has not gone away since the day he found out she was pregnant.
So that's my boy and no Mom could be prouder. It is a great place in life, when you would choose your kids as friends even if they were not your child. Next post will be "My Girl" and that is a God Story!


Sheryl said...

Greg sounds like an amazing YOUNG man. I can see why you're proud. You and your husband obviously did a great job in raising him.

linda said...

He sounds like an absolutely wonderful son...I can see why you are so proud of him!

I love spending time with my two children too and like you, consider them great friends as well. Isn't it a blessing as a mother to be able to say that about our children!

Nana Net said...

Your son truly sounds like a wonderful man! When you talked about him being a step-dad it reminded me of a saying. It goes like this.
"Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad!"
To me that describes your son. Also, congragulations to them on the upcoming birth of their son. I am sure he will have the same great qualities of being a man as his Dad.
In closing I agree it is wonderful to have your children as friends as well as your kids! And thank you for stopping by my blog. Please feel welcome to come back again & again.

Nana Net

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Well, welcome to blog land! Thanks for stopping by. The only thing missing from you, Mrs. Grammy, is a photo! Fix that, would you?:)

I, too, love diet coke, Beth Moore, movies, am a late-nighter, am a Fox news junkie, and my husband treats me like a queen!

With divorce in my background, I resonated with what you said about your son. My husband and I have been married for almost 12 years; he took on my young sons as his own, and we have added two more to the mix. There's something extraordinarily special about a man who takes on a woman and her children, and loves them as his own.

What a gift of grace!

Keep in touch.


Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Hello and welcome to blogland. Just popping in to thank you for stopping by my blog. I loved this post about your son. I have two sons, and my oldest is fifteen. I have been wondering when I'll "feel" old enough to have a child this age...and after reading this post, I'm guessing, never! Your son sounds like a wonderful man, and you are truly blessed. Your blog is beautiful and you have a lovely family. I'm so glad to "meet" you.

Many Blessings,
Kelly Gerken

Sara said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I'm always so excited to meet new friends! Your son sounds great...wish you had made more than one so you could send him my way! : ) In reading my blog you probably realized that I'm divorced, but I'm hopeful that one of these days I'll get my second chance!

I'll be back!

Runner Mom said...

Hey, Teresa! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I love to meet new friends in blogland!

Your son sounds do the other members of your family! Can't wait to meet the rest of them!

I know what you mean by wondering how on earth did your kids get so old, and you're still quite young?? It's a God thing!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!! I'll be back to visit!


Candace Chaney said...

What a great post... and so encouraging to this mom who is trying to raise my young children in to love the Lord with all their hearts. I don't know why, but sometimes you have the fear that you're not doing enough, or too much... no instruction book, right? Anyway- I loved this post. I hope to always remember everything about the way my children came into the world, the wonder of their childhood, and I look forward to enjoying them as adults.
Thanks for that.
And thanks for the blog comment! Look forward to following Grammy Girlfriend. I would never have guessed you are new to it... :)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

What a sweet tribute to your son! God has truly blessed you! I know what you mean about gasping when you hear your children say their age. My oldest is 21 and I think I must be around 25 until I hear her burst my bubble with the truth!

Welcome to blogland! Thanks for introducing yourself!


ocean mommy said...

What a blessing that son is! I can tell by the tenderness in your post that he is a godly man. What a blessing for you and your husband. Well done mom and dad. :)


Chatty Kelly said...

Hi Teresa! It is nice to meet you. I just read through your blog and caught up with you. We have lots in common. My husband is older too (24 yrs older!) and he too was a foster child. He was taken into his now family at age 11. Caffene is my friend too and I love coffee.

I am a mom to two children also, but mine are ages 9 and 5. So you're farther down the road than I am since you are enjoying grandchildren!

It was great to meet you. Visit my blog anytime. You will find this blogging thing leads to many great friendships and you won't believe how you can be such good friends with total "strangers."

And now you know why I am called CHATTY Kelly. Blessings to you! said...

You are just the neatest.

When I read your blog, I can picture myself saying the same thing when my son is 35.

Yet another wonderful man you are blessed to have in your life!

Tracy said...

What a precious tribute to your wonderful son. No wonder you are so very proud of him. How wonderful that he and his wife are so happy together and soon they will welcome yet another reason to rejoice in their marriage. = )


Mindi said...

I am flattered that you like my blog! I'm glad you stopped by AND commented! I like your blog too it's very pretty :)

New to blogging? Its fun I love it

Drop by anytime ! :)

Lynnette Kraft said...

I just wanted to pop over and thank you for praying for me. It means so much to me to have your prayers.

I've prayed for you as well - that you would be able to fully trust God and that he would remove the fear that you have. I can relate to that - as I've had fear over many things through the years.

Have a peaceful Sunday - and thanks again.

Mindi said...

Thank you Teresa, I appreciate it big time.

Shawna said...

It has been very nice to get to know you and your family a little better. All of them sound like such blessings to you. I love a good, encouraging blog, and yours is truly that. Thank you for stopping by Scamp's Place, and please come by anytime.

jcdisciple said...

I don't have a lot of time right now, but I'll stop back by later. I just wanted to say thanks for the complements and I am glad that my ramblings encourage you. Off to fold clothes and listen to Beth Moore.

God bless...looking forward to gettig to know you better.

Amanda B. in Tennessee

Stafford Moments said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the name Bella. You must of a beautiful dog. I will stop by often... Melissa

Nicole said...

Thanks for stopping my my blog, and welcome to blogland. I remember when I first started blogging. I remember wondering if anyone would come visit me. It looks like you have many friends already! That's awesome. Stop by anytime.


Nicole said...

By the way, sounds like your son is wonderful! I like to give also. Just wish I had more to give. Maybe someday. I guess I am pretty young. I have to remind myself of that...a lot of time to gain and give.

Joyce said...

I've enjoyed 'meeting' your husband and son thru your blog. What a lovely post. I sometimes cannot believe I have kids 18 and 20...wasn't I just 20? Time definitely plays tricks on us!

I look forward to 'meeting' your daughter too. Have a great day!

Nancy Mon said...

I am enjoying meeting your family. I always appreciate your encouraging comments on my blog. When I come with Roy to see his mom, we will have to meet for coffee.

Melanie Dorsey said...

I enjoyed reading this post and the one before on your husband. Your love for them bounces off the page!
BTW, I was born in Monroe, LA.


The Surrendered Scribe said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a kind comment.

What an amazing tribute to your son. It's obvious you are proud, and should be!

Christa @ Quintooples said...

OK, I just want to say that YOU MADE ME CRY!!!!

Your love for your son is just pouring out of your writing...oh what a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother you must be!!!!! (I am a teensy bit jealous!)

Thank you for visiting my blog. :) I hope you don't mind that I add you to my blogroll. I want to check in on you, and that's the only way I remember!!!

Beverlydru said...

I am so happy to meet you. I think you have given me the gift of the name "Grammy". Yep- your blog reflects such love and joy and you are walking just slightly ahead of me. My oldest is 28 - my youngest is 18. I will definitley be back. I read down through your Feb 22 post about yourself and we're friends now. : ) I've been blogging for 15 months and it's
so much fun.

Christi Johnson said...

You are so right, Greg is so much of "Coach Powell". He was always so sweet and kind hearted. I haven't seen him forever, but I am so glad he is doing well and has a little man on the way. I love all of your sweet comments. Your blog is wonderful and you are so great at it. You are no rookie sister!

mbduke said...

Your son sounds like a great guy. You obviously raised him well.

Michelle said...

I don't think there is anything like a boy and his mama!

Pamela said...

you are a lucky mom, what a great son I have 2 there is no love like the love between a mother and her son.