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Sunday, February 21, 2010

My 3 Sons

This is a picture of me with my 3 sons. They are awesome young men and very good to me! They are very close to each other and very respectful and compassionate toward other people. I could not be prouder of my boys!

Michael is my oldest son. He is a powerlifting champion and has also been on the United States Powerlifting team 6 times. Graduated from college and is now in grad school. He is going into the medical field because he truly wants to help people. Says he made the decision from seeing what his youngest brother with Asperger Syndrome, has gone through.

Matthew, my middle son, was leading tackler and All State in high school. He thought he wanted to play college football too, but after one season realized it wasn't fun anymore. So he changed colleges and career direction after his first semester. He is now a graphic designer/brander in Chicago and finishing his bachelor’s degree. So cool!

Brandon is my youngest son and my triple miracle! As most of you know by now, he had Asperger Syndrome. But there is so much more to the story. I had my tubes tied after my second son Matthew was born; another story in itself for another time.

I got pregnant after my divorce from one time; I swear that is totally true. To say I was shocked.. is an understatement. I carried the pregnancy test around in my purse for so long that the pink ‘plus’ sign finally faded.

I had a rough pregnancy while taking care of a 2 and 4 year old by myself. Brandon was born 10 weeks early and only given a 25% chance of making it. He of course made it and will be 20 years old next month. He doesn’t agree, but we all know that he is a Miracle to me, his brothers and anyone who takes the time to know him!

Brandon has overcome so much in his life. He is now in college for Culinary Arts and doing extremely well. He attended 5 schools, before finding a good one ‘for him’ and overcoming his learning difficulties. The school that finally helped him says he is truly a “success story”; and of course he is!

So there is the ‘short’ version of My 3 Sons! I have been and continue to be very blessed by them each and every day! I love them more than anything! This is my family and they are my world!

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  1. Oh I'm so glad you posted this! So often, I join blogs after all of this has been written, and I miss all the wonderful family stories!!

    Thank you for sharing this, your boys are just beautiful, and miracles all in themselves!

  2. Awesome! Being a Mom of two boys and already so proud of them, I can only imagine you delight with handsome too!!~ Your story brought tears to my sweet thanks for sharing!!~

  3. As a Mom to two teenage boys, I so appreciate your post! Each of our boys has something special to offer in this crazy world. Enjoying your blog, new follower as well!

  4. Thank you all! Posting Part II about my youngest son's story tomorrow.

  5. I love hearing this story. Our fifth son was born with a very rare brain disorder called Sturge-Weber Syndrome. So I love reading success stories. And I cannot follow your blog. It won't let me. When I click on follow it's black. With No link. I will keep trying. Just wanted to let you know there was a glitch. Have a wonderful day. =)

  6. Hi Robyn, I think my new post for today was uploading at the same time. I 'scheduled' it... trying something new. Hopefully that was it. Please try again. Thank you!!!

  7. Oh i love being able to see your boys, I have a 7 year old Aspie and its great to see other mommas and know i am not alone, I am writing you back about our little conversation shortly, Things got crazy with homeschool going on!

  8. I can feel the love you have for your boys in this post. They are blessed to have you as their mother.

  9. To raise 3 boys who are good, compassionate people--well done Momma! Thank you for sharing your third son's story in your most recent post. What a wonderful mother and strong woman you are.

  10. Oh thank you all so much! I am far from perfect, but I do love my boys so very much and tried to be the best for them. :-) I sure miss them being around all the time. ... but happy that they are fullfilling their dreams! :-)

  11. Your pride and love for your sons shine through in this post. They are as lucky to have you as you are to have been blessed with them. :)

  12. this post made me teary eyed. by the way, you look so young, like a sister more than a mom.

    I guess it made me teary eyed because I can see how much you love your boys and how proud you are of them and how they have become such awesome young men. My boys are eight and eleven and I pray that they are headed in the that direction, afterall, we can only lead them there but they have to make the decision that that's where they want to go.


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