Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2016

 Merry Christmas 2016,


Okay, I know, I know, I waited until virtually the last minute to write the annual Staffenhagen Christmas letter. It’s just been ONE OF THOSE YEARS.  I feel like I just wrote last year’s letter a couple of months ago.  Thankfully, it’s been a pretty boring year.  So let’s get into it then.  What’s been happening with us, I know you’re sitting on the edge of your seats eager to hear all the news, well, here goes.

Every year I try to sum up the events in our lives by a song, words of wisdom, etc.  This year I decided to Google, CRAZY BUSY LIFE.  It’s amazing how many songs are written about this particular subject.  Haha.  That’s when I came across the song “Breathe” by Jonny Diaz. I’m a country music fan and I can honestly say, I’ve never heard of this artist.  But wow, beautiful voice and more than that, lyrics that 100% sum up this year. 

The following selection of lyrics are from “Breathe” ….. The Staffenhagens in a nutshell
Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor
It’s off to the races everybody out the door
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life
It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day
When the stress is on the rise in my heart I feel you say just

Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest  at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe

Is to take it in fill your lungs
The peace of God that overcomes
Just breathe
So let your weary spirit rest
Lay down what’s good and find what’s best
Just breathe

           The first part of the song is what a typical day for our family looks like. Monday to Friday just pass with a blur.  The remainder of the song are reminders for me.  That I need to take time to smell the roses and appreciate those around me.  The time has really sped up in the last few years.  I need to stop and enjoy the little things and not get so wrapped up in our CRAZY BUSY LIFE. 

This time of the year, it’s important to remember to just slow down and BREATHE.  Thanks Mr. Diaz for reminding ME (in particular) to take a break, be more patient, take a nap, and get ready for the crazy that’s sure to show up in 2017. 

So what’s going on with our kiddos????

Leigha Nicole – Our beautiful “Queen” is 22 years old.  How is that right?  I look at that number and I’m sure it’s a typo, but nope.  She’s a grown up now.  Our little girl is quite the young lady.  She lives her life on her terms!  She’s living in Bellingham and is just about done with college.  She has 2 quarters left and then she’ll probably be moving back down this way to look for a job.  She’s made quite a life for herself in Bellingham, but she’s ready for the next chapter.

Anthony Edward – Our oldest son turned 20 this year.  He’s still going to Everett Community College, he has 7 classes left and he will have earned a 2 year AA degree.  He doesn’t really know what he wants to do next, but I’m sure we’ll figure that out.  He still is a huge video game and Pok√©mon fan.  He spends time with his Aunt Kari helping in her home based bakery as well.  He was very interested in the election process this year, first time voting.  He took it very seriously and educated himself on all the candidates and legislation for our local government as well as on the national level.  I am so proud of how seriously he took it.  It was great to debate issues and candidates with him.  He has become very opinionated, I love that.  

Travis Chandler – Our #3 is a senior in High school.  He was just 12 like yesterday, right.  How is he 17 years old and graduating?  He took the SAT twice this year, scored well, I’m proud of him.  He applied to 4 colleges and got into 3 of them (the fourth school doesn’t make decisions until after the first of the year). He’s excited about the next steps in his young life.  He got a job a few months ago.  He has always been that kid that wants to EARN his way.  He makes us proud every day.  Not sure which college he will ultimately choose, but I’m thinking he’ll likely go over the mountains to, um, maybe Cougar Country?  (only time will tell)

Brady Thomas – 11 years old and in 6th grade. Probably the biggest change this year happened for Brady.  After 3 years of home school he went back to public school.  He has been begging us for about a year to let him go back to a traditional school setting.  He would say, “Can I please have real friends, not just computer ones?”  I know, how can you argue with that, right?  It’s been a definite adjustment (not all rainbows and unicorns), but I think it was the right move.  He’s creative and such a smart kid.  Middle school is a difficult time for any kid, but when there’s a will, there’s a way.  He wants to make this work.  He’s learned a lot, IN A VERY SCHORT TIME, THAT PEER INTERACTIONS CAN BE CHALLENGEING.  He has had to develop a thick skin, which has really been a learning process for him. 

Wyatt Andrew – I don’t even know where to begin.  This is one tough kid.  He is in 2nd grade now and has the biggest will to succeed of any kid I have ever seen.  School, let’s just be real, isn’t easy for him.  Nothing about school has ever been easy for him.  He has to work harder and be more persistent than any one I know.  I’m super proud of the person he is.  He is a walking calendar and can remember every date for every thing that has ever happened in his life.  He’s an amazing advocate for himself medically, and truly knows what is necessary to manage his Duchenne. For an 8 year old to speak up for himself and his needs, that’s all I could ever ask for.  I don’t know what 2017 will bring for Wyatt in regard to his condition, but I truly pray that he can continue to fight this disease the best he can.  He’s a brave warrior. 

Carter Bennett – Our sweet 5 year old has left the nest and gone off to full day Kindergarten.  He was so ready to go to school.  I’m so proud of the progress he has made so far.   Educationally he is thriving and socially he has made a couple great friends.   All the little girls “love” him.  He has grown up so much in the last year.  He is currently playing basketball.  He is super competitive, this boy doesn’t lose well at all, so we’re working on that.  I’ve been volunteering in his class, which has been a lot of fun.  I love seeing the changes in him, he’s an amazing kid.  The sky is the limit for this kid and I can’t wait to see what happens next for him.
Well I think that wraps it up.  Another year in the books, I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.  Dear friends, We wish you and your family health and happiness in the New Year.  Hug those you love a little tighter and slow down, TIME TRULY FLIES BY. 
God Bless you and Merry Christmas. 

Love the Staffenhagen Family:
Tom, Melissa, Leigha, Anthony, Travis, Brady, Wyatt and Carter

Thursday, December 24, 2015



Merry Christmas 2015

I can’t believe it’s already time to sit down and write another update on my kiddos.  Every year seems to go faster and faster.  While I was looking for a quote to sum up our year, our life, etc.  I immediately thought about Russell Wilson and all the good he does on and OFF the field.  He’s an inspiring young man.  I googled Russell Wilson quotes and this is the first that popped up.

                “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”  Russell Wilson.

How true is that?  Nothing about life is easy.  Wyatt’s diagnosis is a daily consideration.  Everywhere we go and everything that we do has to be planned ahead.  We have to think about how long it takes, is the event outside, is it too cold, is it too hot, does he have to walk far, all of that.  But like Russell says, “…it’s gonna be worth it”.  Every memory we can make is priceless.  Life is too short, life is hard, but life is AMAZING.  Last year at this time, our lives were very up in the air.  I remember thinking, “I can’t wait for 2015, stuff is bound to change this year.”  And change it did, we moved, AGAIN!  That seems to be the theme for us in the last few years.  We’ve been very unsettled. But thankfully, we are settled now.  Our family has been busier than ever, and I know it won’t slow down anytime soon. 

Our Princess Leigha has left the nest.  We aren’t the typical family, and Leigha is the leader of this crazy group.  Initially her moving out, was hardest on Leigha, believe it or not.  The day she was officially leaving, she asked if she could stay.  I told her no.  (I’m just a meanie I guess)  She was so upset, convinced our lives would move forward without her.  She is such an amazing big sister.  She truly loves her brothers.  She moved to Bellingham, transferring to Western Washington U.  She made it through her first quarter.  She has a couple roommates and enjoying some peace and quiet for a change.  She comes home frequently to get a little bit of the “crazy” that is our house.  I think the peace and quiet she craved so much isn’t all that she thought it would be.  She grew up in a house with 5 brothers, she comes home because she misses the noise.  She won’t admit it though.  She continues to enjoy concerts.  She went to the Gorge during the summer and met up with my cousin’s sons.  It was cool to see the next generation of our family hanging out.  My papa would have been so happy to see them together.  You will also discover that she is become a “CAT PERSON”.  Every 3rd Facebook post has a cat reference.   Hahaha.
Anthony GRADUATED from High school with a 3.78 GPA.  Several years ago I was told Anthony would never graduate (clearly that middle school educator had no idea what he was talking about), so June was the happiest month of my entire year.  He was proud of his accomplishments, but I don’t think he really understood just how huge it was.  Attending online public school isn’t the easiest thing to do, but I will tell you what, he embraced it and really prevailed.  We are beyond proud of how far he has come.  He’s working part time at his aunt’s bakery, helping around the house, and babysitting his little brothers on a regular basis.  He is always willing to help with whenever I ask.  He is a huge Super Smash Brothers fan and loves to challenge Tom to a “Brawl”.  He really has become an amazing adult.  He also got braces this year. 

Travis, my sweet Travis, I got my first gray hair last week because of Travis.  And not for the reasons you would think.  This kid of mine, NEVER, EVER, gets into any trouble.  He’s so busy, he doesn’t have time to get into trouble.  But here’s the thing.  Baseball and Basketball, some occasional snowboarding, ok I can handle all that.   I can even deal with him getting pulled behind a car holding a rope while in a computer rolling chair (okay maybe I freaked out about that one).  However, there is this thing called High School wrestling.  Aside from fencing, this is probably a Mother’s worst nightmare, when it comes to sports.  Watching my sweet boy having his faced squished into a mat, is not a happy place for a mom to be.  It’s emotional and all you can imagine is a broken neck.  I know he wasn’t really happy with getting smashed into the mat either, so in his last couple matches he doesn’t let the neck squishing occur.  He just gets right in there and pins the guy, done and done.  This is much easier for me to handle.  Wow, I’ve watched plenty of wrestling, but when it’s your baby, ugh.  Travis is a junior and doing AMAZING in school.  He also got his first part time job.  He worked at Carleton Farm during Halloween.  He did everything from security, to pricing pumpkins, to picking up garbage, to playing a zombie in the Farms zombie paintball attraction.  We are so proud of him, every single day.  PS. There’s the beautiful Miss Madeline that has been keeping him busy too.

Brady has had a year of confusion, frustration and GROWTH.  He’s a very complicated soul.  I used to say that about Anthony too, so hopefully, as he grows we can help him better deal with his emotions.  He’s creative, imaginative, and always has something interesting to say.  He likes to tell jokes and is extremely witty.  He’s a great son, who only wants to please us.  One new development is this kid of ours is completely freaked out about all things MEDICAL.  He can’t handle shots, blood, anything like that. And not just for himself.  The idea of Wyatt going to the doctor pains Brady so much. He over analyses it and worries excessively.  I feel like he’s such an empathic person.  He cares about what others think and he tries so hard not to disappoint.  We are homeschooling him again (tried another environment, that just wasn’t the right fit), he’s in 5th grade.   He has very negative feelings about school, that’s hard for us.  Tasks that he is completely able to complete, upset him so much that it’s a huge struggle.  That being said, he’s doing well in school.  He is at grade level for all subjects, but in Vocabulary and Spelling he tested at an 11th grade level.  He tries so hard, so one day at a time.  He told me recently that he wants to be a Lego developer when he grows up.  Sounds like a job that is right up his alley. 

Wyatt, 7, really when did that happen?  He is by far the funniest little human I know.  He keeps me on my toes, and the things he says should be published in a book.  Haha.  Wyatt is a HUGE country music fan.  He knows so many songs and listening to his sweet little voice singing country is priceless.  He has a very special nurse at children’s he calls “His Kate Crush”.  He adores her, we joke and ask if Kate is his girlfriend and he says, “NO, that’s crazy, she’s married!”   After a long internal battle I enrolled Wyatt in public school.  We learned over the course of the year that Wyatt has some very significant educational delays and he needs intensive educational therapies.   We have also learned that his memory for dates and events is crazy good.  You can ask him about an event and he is a walking calendar. He can tell you the date and time and everything else he did that day.  It’s almost eerie.   He has really discovered a love for watching professional football.  He’s been a Seahawk fun always, but he’s learned to appreciate other teams as well.  He watches football probably every day, and knows the rules and even yells at umpires (I’ve trained him well, haha).  We celebrate his successes and just deal with the tough stuff.  He’s not going to be a genius, but every day he brings a smile to the face of everyone he encounters, so if that’s his contribution and that’s what he’s remembered for, that’s a amazing gift.  He’s a beautiful soul that taught me so much about being a better mother.

                My darling Baby Carter.  The gift I didn’t think I would get.  This child is an angel on Earth.  He healed my heart when it was broken.  He loves us unconditionally and always has to hug and kiss me when I leave the house.  His love is infectious.  He played Rockets soccer and went to Preschool.  On the very last soccer game, with about 1 minute left he scored his first and only goal.  All the other kids had made several goals, but for whatever reason, Carter didn’t get a chance.  So when he finally scored every parent, the coaches, and every kid cheered so loud.  He was thrilled.  He ran over to me and said, “See mommy I told you I would get a goal, so now I get a trophy right?”  He cracks me up.   He’s so creative and man can this 4 year old color.  His pictures are incredible.  He cares about everyone, except this minute as I type this he is calling Brady a butt-face…. hehehe.  Boys, right?  He should be reading very soon. He loves to learn and thankfully it comes very easy to him.  The older he gets the more and more like Travis he becomes.  When they are older I can see these two getting into some trouble together.  Carter is a little mini Travis and wants to be EXACTLY like him.  Great role model for Carter to have if you ask me.  He’s the littlest of the litter, but by far the mightiest.  Nothing will slow this kid down or stop him.  He’s my little monkey, and I am so lucky to be his Mommy.

                Bless you my friends.  Happy Holidays and we truly hope that 2016 be the best yet.

                                                                                Love

              The Staffenhagen Family:
                               
                         Leigha 21, Anthony 19, Travis 16, Brady 10, Wyatt 7 and Baby Carter 4








Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Staffenhagen Year Wrap up

December 2014

  As always, lots of craziness at the Staffenhagen Compound.  This year we want to reflect on the upcoming year and share some Highlights from 2014.   This quote is a great one to send us into 2015.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the
LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”

We are eagerly anticipating 2015.  We are hoping changes will find us in a better place.  We are hoping for medical advances for our Wyatt.  We are hoping for health and happiness for our children.  We are hoping to have Americans seeing a bright future.  We are hoping that anyone who is struggling financially, medically or emotionally finds clarity this year. Most of all, we are hoping, to slow our lives down and spend more time with our kiddos.  Our “big kids” are establishing their own lives, and we don’t want to miss an opportunity to just be a family, to enjoy being together, more than we do now.  Our goal would be all 6 of the kids home, at least once a week, so we can stay connected.  Sooner than later our kids are going to be moving on and creating their own families.  We have always been a close family, but now more than ever, we need to stay close.  Ultimately, if we can count on each other we can accomplish anything.   Life is crazy, fast, busy, and full of so many commitments, we would like to lead a more relaxed, restful lifestyle.  Oh stop laughing……….slow down with 6 kids, yeah right, it’s a lofty wish I guess……..hahahahaha

 Leigha turned 20 this year, adulthood, whether we like it or not.  We are so incredibly blessed to have an amazing daughter like her.  She is generous, kind, caring and so very considerate of others.  We get comments all the time on what an amazing girl she is. We are so proud of our daughter.  She’s beautiful inside and out.  We don’t know why we were so lucky to be picked to be her parents.  She is everything we could have hoped to have in a daughter.  We can’t wait to see where 2015 takes her.  Although we will miss her more than we can ever imagine, we are so excited for her.  She is ready to build a life for herself. 


          Anthony turned 18 this year.  We had a pretty low key celebration, just the way Anthony likes it.  As funny as it sounds, the highlight of the day was his birthday cake.  Anthony doesn’t even like cake.  It was a bunch of cupcakes made to look like Mega Man, a character from the Mega Man video game.  The biggest news for him, is that he started his Senior Year of High School.  He has been going to WAVA, online school, since he was in 6th grade.  We can’t believe how quickly 7 years has gone.  He had so many strikes against him, but he is done so well.  He currently has a 3.8 cumulative GPA.  We are so proud of all his hard work.  It makes us emotional just thinking about how so many people wrote him off.  Basically told us he wouldn’t get very far, probably not even finish HS.  Well, in June all those people will be proven wrong. 


Travis is finally at the High School, no more Cavelero for him, YES!  Being at the High school suits him.  He just fit right in no problem.  He’s a sophomore and before we know it, he will be a Senior too.  All our “big kids” are growing up way to fast.  All 3 of them are taller than Melissa now. Travis played boys and girls club basketball and his team won the entire thing.  When they won the championship, the boys ran to the lake and jumped in.  It was February, with snow on the ground, but they didn’t care.  The coach even joined them in the frigid celebration.  He played school baseball as well as baseball with American Legion.  Probably one of the coolest things he got to do this summer was go to Chicago to play baseball with his old coach and some of his previous teammates.  It was quite a trip.  He traveled with another family and we stayed home.  It was pretty hard to let him go, Melissa cried a little, but we knew what an incredible opportunity it was.  Playing baseball for a week in Chicago, how cool is that? On the way home, he was bumped up to First Class, lucky kid.  This is a trip he will never forget.


Brady is now 9 years old.  He is in 4th grade and doing very well.  He enjoys reading and learning about History.  He is also extremely creative.  He says he wants to be a “movie maker” when he grows up.  Last year it was author, maybe he’ll write screenplays.  He keeps us guessing and always on our toes.  He has an incredible sense of humor.  And we’ve recently learned that he has the weakest stomach of all time.  He gets grossed out by everything.  A drop of blood and the boy practically passes out.  Our guess, no medical school for Brady, haha.  He has become such a big kid practically overnight.  He tries so hard to help with Wyatt and Carter as much as he can.  We are looking for some clarity for Brady in 2015, keep him in your thoughts for resolution to some pretty tough stuff he is dealing with.


Wyatt, our sweet Wyatt, our warrior, the bravest kid we know.  Wyatt is now 6 years old.  He lost is first tooth several weeks ago, but sadly, he swallowed it.  So the tooth fairy got a note, not a tooth.  We were not going to go look for it, yuck!!!!!!  Another huge change for Wyatt, he started a new school about 1 month ago.  He was attending WAVA online, but after several conversations with his doctors and his new teachers, we’ve learned that WAVA isn’t the best fit for Wyatt.  We are in the process of completing some  testing to determine how to best move forward with Wyatt’s education.  We are feeling great about his new school.  Both the teachers have excellent reputations.  We are thrilled he was able to attend this school.  It’s very small about 2 or 3 kids per grade.  It’s perfect for Wyatt.  It’s a nurturing, understanding environment where his differences are celebrated.  He is with 2 women who care about Wyatt and their other 19 students as if they were their own children.  Sometimes the right person, or right situation just falls in your lap.  That is what has happened here.  These women are like none we have ever met.  We feel like God knew we were at the end of our ropes and we didn’t know where to go.  Then angel Jill and angel Jennifer came into our lives (thanks Dr. Jenna) just when Wyatt needed them most.  In the 4 weeks Wyatt has attended this school there has been some serious adjustments for him. He misses Mama a lot.  It hasn’t been all balloons and confetti, that’s for sure.  He read us a book for the first time a couple of weeks ago. He couldn’t read anything, not a single word, 4 weeks ago.  He loves school and clearly something is working.  Wyatt takes most of his frustration out on poor Miss Jennifer, but she isn’t backing down.  She may even start tutoring him in January.  

On the Duchenne front, Wyatt is doing amazing.  He had a check-up in June with Dr. Wong in Ohio, and she is thrilled with how he is doing.  His physical strength is great, as well as his heart and lungs.  We are so blessed that he is so strong.  Duchenne is a miserable, EVIL disease and our Warrior is fighting it with all he has.  Promising things are on the horizon for our Duchenne community.  Keep all the boys, young men and even a group of girls in your thoughts.  Medical advances are coming, please oh please let 2015 be our year to End Duchenne.

Last but certainly not least, baby Carter.  NOT really a baby anymore, he’s 3 going on 15.  He is a hurricane running through the house.   He attends preschool, which he LOVES.  We wish he could go every day of the week.  He is so so so very smart.  In fact he tried to help Wyatt “cheat” on a test.  Carter kept giving Wyatt the answers before Wyatt had a chance to answer.  Funny, funny kid.  He is quite the personality.  We see a lot of Melissa’s grandpa “Papa” in him.  Melissa shot a video of Carter last week for his two best friends, Abby and Brooklyn.  He just kept saying over and over “Hello Gorgeous!”  It was hilarious.  He’s quite the player, 2 girlfriends at such a young age. Geez, what are we in for?  Carter in just the last 3 or 4 days finally decided that diapers weren’t for him.  So far so good, and after this no more diapers for us.  YOOHOO!!!! 2o years of diapers (only about 3 year break in the early 2000’s), $48,000 later, and we are almost done.  Not sure what we will do, we will probably have baby aisle withdrawals. NOT!!!!!! Carter brought joy to our family at a time of such sadness and pain.  God sent us this child, this miracle baby, exactly when we needed him.  He is a delight, a joy, and such a bright light in our home.  We love you Carter, monkey, crazy kid.  Oh, and he is going to be in the NFL Hall of Fame or  have a PHD and cure diseases, no pressure Carter, you got this.

Life throws us for a loop on a regular basis.  We continue to fight hard to move forward.  We are so blessed to have 6 gifts, 6 beautiful amazing, unique, incredible kids.  Life is not without struggle and pain.  God knows we have had our share.  We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives to help us get through the tough stuff.  God Bless you all. 

Happy Holidays,

Have faith, have joy and have love.


Tom, Melissa, Leigha, Anthony, Travis, Brady, Wyatt and Carter. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wow, it took me forever to figure out how to send a post

Clearly, I don't blog nearly as much as I should.  With 6 kids running around you would think I would have an unlimited amount of experiences to write about.  Well I have to tell you, I have been spending an hour trying to figure out how to even post to my blog.  Ugh!  Clearly I am not bragging about my kiddos nearly enough.  Haha

What an adventure it has been around here.  Since the last time I put my wisdom or seriously lack there of on paper, the kids have all grown up by an entire year.

Leigha will be 20 in just a few short weeks.  20 years old, what, seriously?  How did that happen.  She's working and just enjoying being with friends.  She is hoping to move to Bellingham and attend Western as soon as she gets some classes completed at EVCC.

Anthony just finished his Junior year of high school, he has a 3.8 cumulative GPA for HS.   He is looking forward to his Senior year, and we can't wait to see where life takes him.

Travis just finished his Freshman year.  He is playing baseball (I know shock) and hanging out with his friends. He is looking forward to a great summer.

Brady will be in 4th grade in the fall.  He has learned so much this year.  He loves cursive of all things.   He also is swimming in a summer swim league with his friend Cameron.

Wyatt is 6, will be a 1st grader.  From where he started the year, he has made educational gains that I can't even believe.  Not quite reading, but he's so close.  We just got back from a check-up in Cincinnati and all is well.

And last but not least.............

Baby Carter - not much of a baby anymore.  He is such a little man now.  He can count to 10 in 3 languages, knows all letters by sight and letter sounds as well.  He's a little smarty!



                                                                        BRADY 





WYATT AND CARTER 


                                                                         
                                                                      LEIGHA 




TRAVIS 




ANTHONY 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


The regular season for Club 9 Nationals Maroon has come to an end.  The boys still have a Tacoma Tournament and an Idaho Tournament this month.  Good luck boys!  Here are some pictures of Travis the last few weeks. 


Travis ended up playing all 9 positions this year.  He mainly played catcher, third base and right field.



After Sliding practice.  (These pants were white)
(left to right) Travis, Cory, Riley, Justin and Lucas

 
 
 
 
 
Travis pitching........not a regular thing for Travis, but he pitched
very well.  Threw 6 pitches and assisted in the 2nd and 3rd outs!






 
 
 
 
 
 
Travis on third base trying to steal home!



 
 
 

My beautiful, amazing, talented and generous Leigha Nicole is 19 today. It feels like yesterday that my baby was born. I was in labor forever. Back and forth to the hospital for about a week. But finally after a long day my only girl made me a mama. I remember holding her in my arms and thinking, "Holy crap! Now I'm responsible for a human. I killed my 7 gold fish, how can I handle a baby". That day was the day that changed everything that I ever cared about, from that day on, I knew that I just wanted to be a mommy. Thank you munchkin for changing my life. I love you so so much. Happy birthday!

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Travis Chandler was born very early morning (5:31am) on a clear day April 6, 1999. After a very "eventful" night of not having car keys, screaming 2 year old, backing out of driveway between 2 minute contractions, running red lights, spilling of purse contents in ER entrance , and two anxious Grandma/Grammy to be. My sweet boy came into the world with "You're still the one I love." by Shania Twain playing on the CD player. 14 years really goes by quickly. I love you Trav, because of you my life is pretty great. I'm so proud of the person you are! Happy Birthday baby!