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Smiley1965


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My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 18, 2011 12:21 PM
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Wow, this day seemed to get here so quickly! My oldest turned 18, at 6:01 PST this morning. He was born in N. CA when we lived there, surrounded by our friends (literally). My neighbor was in the delivery room with us, taking pictures no less, and her husband and two preteen daughters were right outside the door. As soon as he was born and I called my boss and told her I wouldn't be at work that day, she was the first visitor to get there and hold him! The rest of the day was a parade of visitors, as the hospital was next door to my office, and it was a very small town. It was a very blessed day, as my (then) husband and I had suffered several years of infertility before that joyous day.

He's a great kid, works hard at school and his job, responsible, polite, fun, and quite handsome if I do say so :) I thank God every day for him (and his brother)!

It's an odd feeling, knowing you're almost out of the raising kids chapter of your life. Glad I still have several years left at the hands on stuff. You're never too old to need your mommy, as my oldest discovered a couple weeks ago when he was sick in the middle of the night for the first time in many years.

Thank you God for my kiddos, and I pray you guide them through the next season of their lives, and mine, in Jesus' name, amen.

Shar M


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 18, 2011 1:17 PM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Beautiful, Smiley. What a sweetheart. Again, congratulations.
merganser

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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 18, 2011 3:00 PM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Sounds like you've raised him to be a good and honorable man, even while you've enjoyed him being a kid. I hope you enjoy the day too.
Grumpy


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 18, 2011 6:34 PM   in response to: merganser in response to: merganser
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Good news......

Just remember we want them to grow up, get jobs and move out.
Smiley1965


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 19, 2011 7:52 AM   in response to: Grumpy in response to: Grumpy
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That's his plan Grumpy :) He's hoping to be accepted into the Masters of Architecture program next year at either KState or KU, and is planning to pay for half himself (his dad the other half). He's highly motivated, and in addition to working over 20 hours a week at his job, takes at least one college credit class each semester, and gets straight A's. Believe me, I know he can't wait to be on his own :) He thinks he wants to live in a big city. All his life we've forced him to live in the country.

He's been taking the Dave Ramsey high school version in his personal finance class at school, and totally loves it. He's got two savings accounts going, one his emergency fund, and the other his college fund. He's been counseling me ("Mom, instead of going out to eat you should take that money and put it towards paying off your car").
Windstar


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 20, 2011 11:56 AM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Just wanted to say WOW Smiley and good for him. Not surprised he is a good son, as I only have to know how his Mom is. :-) (yup, sweet picture too). Time does fly by when one looks at the baby pictures. My nephew I helped along the way in highschool is now almost done with Tech. school !! Graduates in May. Even got a part time job near my town. He seen it, wanted it, and got the job as a service technician. Kind of happy he wants to be working in a smaller town, rather than where he is now. Means alot of driving till May, and hope God keeps him safe while part time at this dealership,and finishing school. It is 45 miles from there to Sioux Falls to school. (the dealership will work around his school schedule.)
I'm happy he is almost done, and you are happy that your son is so excited about college. So hope all they dream comes true. Linda
Windstar


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 20, 2011 11:59 AM   in response to: Windstar in response to: Windstar
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Oops. Forgot to say the job is going to full time when school is done. I hope they like him, and he likes them. LOL
merganser

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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 22, 2011 12:49 AM   in response to: Windstar in response to: Windstar
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If that's the big dealership that starts with a "P," they always had a good reputation when I was growing up there. I hope it goes well for your nephew.
Windstar


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 26, 2011 11:17 PM   in response to: merganser in response to: merganser
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Small town of about 1300 in SE SD north of Yankton. Can't think of any Implement dealership with a P though. Hmmm? He's to be a diesel technician . Guess he was figuring on diesel technology on semis, but going to go to John Deere tractors with this job.
I tease him cause I grew up with those RED tractors lol . :)
He also knows that for now, part time also means putting equipment together, be a gopher, and learning alot hopefully, of all things farming.
merganser

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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 27, 2011 11:25 PM   in response to: Windstar in response to: Windstar
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I was thinking of a town that's probably further north than that. But I think that that's a great part of the country to live and work ( I admit that I'm biased ... back in high school I couldn't wait to get out of there, but now I go back every chance I get). I hope it goes well for him.

Who knows ... green might start looking good.
Windstar


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 28, 2011 1:34 PM   in response to: merganser in response to: merganser
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Yes, he wanted to be back in small town USA rather than Sioux Falls, so ya ha, I'll have to get used to seeing him in his green shirts.
Old fun game of friends and family about which is better . "Red or Green." :) To some, Sioux Falls is not a big city, but he wants out of there as soon as he graduates in May. Time will tell.

I just have to joke with him about it all. As I told him the Case IH also had been looking for a service technician in the same town. So at the least it's good to see there are jobs in these small towns. It's only about 40 miles north of Yankton if that gives you any clue. I don't like to put down names or towns . NIce to know someone liked this area though. He starts there this afternoon. That is only around 3 hrs each day after tech classes, but it will lead to a full time job in May. I always say though, "as long as he likes it there, and they like him."
So, that's my cautious side coming through again. lol...
Smiley1965


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 4:38 AM   in response to: Windstar in response to: Windstar
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Lindy Lou, you've done a good job with that kiddo and been a blessing to him when he needed you in his life. Glad to hear he's doing so well!
Windstar


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 26, 2011 11:22 PM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Thanks Cindy Lou !! I just read the post about you breaking your leg. Oh my!!! So sorry about that. So lucky though to have the help of your sons and husband. ( secretly, I would enjoy some help IF I had a broken leg lol) but I know what you mean.
Take care, and heal fast.
KayakerGal


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 21, 2011 1:11 PM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Congratulations! He sounds like an awesome kid. And I love the bit where he's coaching you, too funny!

My DD is 16, and sometimes my head just spins and I wonder where the last decade went. Seems like she was a little girl just a few weeks ago!!
merganser

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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 22, 2011 12:46 AM   in response to: KayakerGal in response to: KayakerGal
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My older son just turned 16 a few days ago. For the past 16 years, I've kept in mind what a professor told me about his dad ... shortly before he died, he admitted to his son that his biggest regret was that he hadn't spent enough time with his children.

I don't regret one second that I've spent with my son and his younger brother. He's 16, and I'm impressed with his integrity and his humor. And we still get along great.

All the experienced parents were right 16 years ago ... the time does go fast. There isn't time to waste.
Smiley1965


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 4:36 AM   in response to: merganser in response to: merganser
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There's a terrifying milestone Merganser! Driver's license yet? How are you holding up? Gray hair yet? My youngest turns 16 in a couple weeks, and I'm not nearly as confident in his driving as his older brother. And I didn't sleep the first two weeks older kid had his license and was out there driving around. Yikes!

I can tell from your posts here you're a great Dad :) Keep up the great work! Teenage boys.....ahhhh :) Love them!
merganser

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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 11:36 PM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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My 16 year old still has his learner's permit, so he hasn't driven yet without me in the next seat. I realize that the moment will come when I'll hand him the keys and he'll head out without me, but I'm not there yet. Fortunately, basketball is a bigger focus right now and is tiring him out too much for him to think too much about driving (6 AM practice). Yes, the hair is going gray, but the boys aren't the reason for that.

Thanks for the encouraging words. Actually, it means a lot to me.

I have always appreciated the care and the humor you show regarding your children, as seen in your posts here. I do wish that more people would enjoy their teenagers like you obviously do.

I hope you all have an excellent Thanksgiving.
Smiley1965


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 24, 2011 8:32 AM   in response to: merganser in response to: merganser
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Even though teenage hood is so drastically different than when they were little and I was the center of their universe, I still enjoy our family times together. The other night I made my younger kid go play Guitar Hero with me, something we hadn't done in a long time, and we had so much fun! He was even sort of impressed that I made it through an expert song without failing :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Merganser and your boys! I'm sure it's a holiday they enjoy; I love watching my boys eat :) And plan their all night shopping trip - groan.......
Shar M


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 21, 2011 6:08 PM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Not only do your kids grow up too fast, but your precious grandchildren grow up even faster. We moved to this part of Florida when our granddaughter was born. She's now nine years old. The grandson that came along 20 months later is now seven and a half and just finished his first season of tackle football. And he was good, got the most tackes of anyone on his team. Our baby who came along earlier this year is now 10 months old and trying hard to walk. It seems like I hardly got a chance to hold him and now he just wants down. Where has the time gone?
Smiley1965


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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 4:37 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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I'm learning that already Shar; our oldest GD is in kindergarten now! And she was just born!
GrannyGG

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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 9:02 AM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Time really does fly by. Seems like it wasn't that long ago that we celebrated
my daughter's 17th birthday but on November 17th, we celebrated my
great granddaughter's 17th birthday.
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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 22, 2011 11:19 AM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Happy Belated Birthday to your son. My son is has a master's degree in Agronomy. And believe me his job pays very well. My husband was a factory foreman, so we are very proud of him. We kid him that all those summers he worked in our garden really paid off

Karen
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Re: My oldest baby is 18 today!
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 2:12 PM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Congratulations for a job well done! We have them with us so short a time, don't we?