Happy Birthday Derek, Happy Birthday Dr. King!

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is observed today and it happens to be my son’s birthday as well.  He was born on this Holiday 11 years ago.


Happy birthday Dr. King!  You have given our country, our children and future generations an enormous hope for greatness, understanding and equality. You have taught us it’s not okay to sit and watch inequities, we must stand and demand more.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”       ~~~ Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Derek baseballHappy birthday to my amazingly smart and tremendously handsome Derek :) I’m sure every mom says that about her son, and we are all RIGHT!!!!!  It’s astounding to me that no matter how old my children are, I can remember their birth so vividly on the their birthday.  On this day I can’t help reflect on how much he has grown and how much more growing and maturing he still has left.

My children are growing so fast, I would love to have that little machine to stop time for just a bit.  I know though, there is no greater joy then to see your children grow into the fabulous people they are meant to be.

For Derek I pray that his year is filled with wonderful adventures, never ending learning and for his deep compassion to never waiver.

“What greater aspiration and challenge are there for a mother than the hope of raising a great son or daughter?”~~~ Rose Kennedy 

He is spending the day at his friends house, yes I’m a little sad.  I miss the days where the kids were just with me, all day!!!   This afternoon he will have baseball practice and will share pizza and cupcakes with his friends.  What more could a boy ask for: baseball, pizza, cupcakes and friends :)

Do you have any special birthdays coming up?  How did you spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day?



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  1. Joanna Sormunen

    I am from Finland and even growing up I heard about Dr. King and his work for human rights. His legacy is very important to the whole world. Thank you for this reminder. And Happy Birthday Derek!
    Visiting here from the This Momma’s Meandering Mondays and enjoying your blog!

    1. Debbie

      Finland! What a wonderful place to grow up. MLK was a man that stood for everyone!!!! Thank you so much for visiting :)

  2. Shana

    Happy Birthday for your son! And congrats to you! You must be very proud!

    1. Debbie

      Thank you Shana :) I am so proud and a little in awwww of how fast they grow!

  3. Joyce

    Happy birthday Derek! It would be fun to save the moments of childhood.
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    1. Debbie

      Thank you for my sons birthday wishes. It would be great to save some of those moments forever, I guess we will in our hearts and minds :) Thank you for coming by.

  4. Michell Pulliam

    Aww…what a special birthday he has!! Yes, Happy Birthday Dr. King! And a Very Happy Birthday to your son! May God bless him with many more! :-)
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    1. Debbie

      Yes Michell, he feels his birthday is the best. He was born on MLK day and then when he was 6 President Obama was inaugurated. Every 4 years on his birthday he feels the world stops to recognize that date :) His dream is to go to Punahou my kids and other kids here in Hawaii call it the School of Obama! I pray he gets in to wherever he dreams to go :) Have a blessed weekend.

  5. Beth

    Happy belated birthday to your son! What a beautiful post. We have a couple birthday’s coming up soon. My husband’s…we will miss him greatly but care packages are on their way to him. And my younger son will turn 22 in March. Oh my! They do grow up too quickly. Hope he had a wonderful birthday.
    Many blessings,

    1. Debbie

      Thank you so much Beth.
      I’m sure the birthday without your husband will be difficult for you folks and for him :( but the care packages will be sure to bring some joy to his heart and a smile to his face.
      God Bless, Debbie

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