Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday With My Firstborn Son


Yesterday our firstborn son gave us a new daughter.

Son, these words are for you, and they are what I hope I would have said had there been a "mother of the groom" speech.

Long, long before you were born, your father and I wanted a son.

Long, long before you were born, your father and I wanted YOU.

But, both being from a long line of daughters and very few sons, we were afraid the "Y" chromosomes in our gene pool were slow swimmers and we would never be given the gift of you.

Your dad consoled himself by saying that he'd be happy with all girls like on the first few seasons of "Little House on the Prairie."

Sure enough, your older sister came first. We were thrilled. We thought she was the cutest thing since sliced bread. She was the apple of our eye.

But she wasn't you.

Four years later, we had to get out the cradle and dust it off, for another little Broyles was on the way.

Not being the type who like to open their presents BEFORE Christmas, we didn't let the doctors "peek" inside our package ahead of your birth, so we were on pins and needles waiting to see if you, our son, would finally arrive.

In the delivery room, while I was a little busy, I heard a male voice SHOUT "It's a BOY!!!"

I thought, "Man, that doctor is SURE excited that we have our son!!!"

It was only later that I learned the shouting voice came from your father, the man who SWORE he would be happy with all girls.

For we had our son! Our little Gregory Kelly Broyles. We thought you were just about perfect in every way.

I will NEVER forget seeing your daddy PROUDLY hold you up high in the air to show you off to the entire congregation on your very fist Sunday in church when the pastor introduced you to the crowd.

Your first couple of years weren't particularly "easy" in the realm of health. You had numerous bouts of pneumonia before you were one at which time your doctor thought you had Cystic Fibrosis. Our world stood STILL as we held our breath, prayed, and waited for the test results. All we could do was commit you and your little life to the Lord.

You were spared from CF and I felt that God had rescued our little Isaac from the sacrificial altar.

You grew, you flourished, and you were our pride and joy.

Then the years intervened where your budding will often clashed with mine.

It was my job to be your mother and do my best to "train you up in the way that you should go."

Not always an easy task in the face of a little will that had its own way it wanted to go.

Sometimes when I think of those "tween" years - - - the ones where I was busy being mom - - - I fear I didn't remember to tell you OFTEN ENOUGH that you were exactly the son we had always wanted. I didn't stop and take the time to remind you that we wanted YOU long before you were ever born and that we were and are blessed beyond measure to have YOU as our son.

Now you've given us a new daughter and we think she is just about perfect in every way.

We think she compliments you in all the best of ways. We love you both, Mr. and Mrs. G. Kelly Broyles, and are very, very proud.

Thanks to Unknown Mami for hosting
"Sundays in My City"
To which I am linking this post.
My City today is Fort Wayne, Indiana



podso said...

Beautiful, Keetha, just beautiful. I know your mother's heart is full of joy!

Ann in the UP said...

They are a lovely couple and your post was a wonderful tribute to your son and all he has always meant to you.

I can see why FH went ahead and proposed to the bride on behalf of the family. What fun you will all have ahead and I wish them a long, happy, healthy life together.


Anonymous said...

I agree totally with what Ann said.

You raised a wonderful son and now have another daughter to love.

This post and the pictures brought tears to my a good way.

Claudya Martinez said...

Gosh darn it! SO many SIMC posts today are choking me up. This is beautiful. Congratulations to all of you. Love is a beautiful thing.

Keri said...

Priceless. :) Made my eyes misty.

Tara R. said...

This was a heartwarming tribute to your son and his bride. Best wishes to them and congrats to you on the addition of a new daughter.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Bring on the tears.... this is beautiful. Looks like the wedding was perfect. I love all the photos and they are so cute together. I love her wedding dress. Congratulations Kelly & Cathy!
(we never wanted to know the sex of our babies)

LV said...

Keetha, you out did yourself with this wonderful tribute to your son. What a wonderful story about the son you thought you would never have. This is one of your best offerings. Best wishes to the newly weds.


Oh Keetha, I love your lovely story on how you waited to have a son and you did!...and because of him now you've gained a daughter too, they make a gorgeous couple, God bless them now and forever. Thank you for sharing and congrats to you too, dear friend. Hugs,

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh Keetha these words are beautiful and congrats on having a great son and a wonderful brand new daughter!

Theresa said...

Oh what a beautiful couple! Congratulations to them AND you:) I can tell from your sweet words that you are tickled pink... errr blue!

Have a blessed evening and enjoy the pictures and the memories! HUGS!

Kathy (Pearson) Troyer said...

Very nicely written, Keetha. Good to see you and Greg and the rest of the Broyles/Heavilin families.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your new daughter!!!

Mrs M said...

Congratulations, A day to make any mother proud.

Julie H said...

Awww sweet!! Congrats!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations to the whole family. Your son is double blessed to have such loving parents and a beautiful loving wife.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Keetha!
Congratulations, what a beautiful post!
You really touched my heart with this one!
Have you ever read Love You Forever?
I almost sob when I read that kid's book, reminds me of this too!

Anonymous said...

All we need is love...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Your words were so beautiful, I couldn't stop reading them, even the wonderful photos couldn't distract me from your words. I did go back and enjoy the photos and it truly looks like a wonderful day.

Amy DM said...

Such a beautiful post. Congratulations on gaining a new daughter.

Eternal Lizdom said...

What a lovely post!!


Anke said...

Congratulations to you all!

★Carol★ said...

What a wonderful tribute to your son, and congrats on gaining a new daughter!

Erin said...

Beautiful post, Keetha! And great pictures!

Theodora Ofosuhima said...

What a lovely mother you are! Beautiful post indeed and the pictures are full of happiness and love.

Congrats to you all :).

I can't find my blog said...

This is really beautiful. Kelly has a great set of parents!

Martin LaBar said...

And that would be Rev. JKH officiating, wouldn't it?

nancygrayce said...

O.K. that was one of the sweetest posts I've ever read!

And that's about the prettiest wedding cake and mother of the groom too! :)

Traci Marie Wolf said...

This post totally made me tear up, I can imagine fisher hubby in church holding up his proudest catch. So sweet.

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful. Thank you for re-linking at Mrs4444 for me to find it.

kyooty said...

Beautifully told. :)