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15? 15!

Hard as it is to believe our youngest, Justin, turns 15 today.  His 14th year was a wild one, what with entering high school and growing approximately two feet in just 12 short months.  He's still an avid reader, Xbox 360 player, and avid reader. Did I say that he's an avid reader?

Justin may be the quiet one in the house, but that doesn't mean he's a shrinking violet.  His brother and sister can ride him pretty hard, but when he's had enough he'll bow up and stand his ground, and now that he's taller than both of them I think they know that their time of sibling dominance is quickly coming to an end.  That said they don't fight nearly as much as I rumbled with my brother and I'm pleased to say that our household is mostly peaceful, if not always harmonius. Justin is a big part of that and I'm eternally grateful for his quiet, calm manner.  Now if I could just get him to move even slightly faster than the proverbial tortoise!

His mother and I can't imagine what our lives would be like without him and we know without a doubt that he's brought us an infinite amount of joy that we would never have realized without him.  

Happy birthday J.  It's been a fantabulous 15 years and I can't wait to see what the next 15+ bring.
(For those of you not reading this on my blog you can see a photo set of Justin from our Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/practicalink/sets/72157600537029755/show/

The “Baby” of the Family is 14

This has been a heck of a couple of days.  First, our two oldest had their first prom this past Saturday.  If that's not enough to get the "I can't believe I'm this old" angst cranked up, the fact that our "baby" turns 14 today really hammers the point home.  Below are some of my favorite pics of Justin through the years, but of course they don't do justice to the boy who's growing too quickly into young man status.  They don't tell you that he's an incredible book worm; that he's shy to the point of seeming reticent, but when the flood gates open a whole stream of thoughts come pouring out; that he possesses such an incredible imagination that when he does share his thoughts it's often difficult for us mere mortals to grasp where he's going; that under that soft exterior is a surprising iron will and stubbornness; in short there's no way you can tell what an amazing young man he is.  Happy birthday J.

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