Happy Birthday to my firstborn!

My firstborn just turned 22 years old. I’m trying to figure out how that’s possible, seeing as how I’m just 28. Weird, huh?

Scott was our “party baby.” He was always happy and we could hand him to almost anybody and he’d smile and reach for them. He’s loved playing ball since he could say the word “ball,” so it’s no big surprise that all his favorite shows are on ESPN.

He’s got a mischievous streak a mile wide, and his sister was/is often his main target. One day when he was 7ish (she was 5), he was pestering her. Determined to make the teasing come to an end, I stopped what I was doing and knelt down on his level. I turned his shoulders toward me, looked him in the eye and said,

“ENOUGH. If you do that to her ONE MORE TIME, I’m going to spank you. Do you understand?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

“Ok, then. Repeat it back to me.”

“If I mess with Sarah again, I’m getting a spanking.”

“Alright. Go on and play.”

Within five minutes I heard Sarah shriek, “Leave me ALONE, Scott!”

I met him as he turned the corner, “SCOTT – I TOLD YOU that I’d spank you if you did that again. Do you REMEMBER THAT?”

“Yes, ma’am.”


“Because mom, sometimes it’s just worth it to hear her scream.”


You were a fun kid, Scott, and you’ve become a fine young man. You’ve made me very proud and I love you more than you can know.

And I’m thankful :)


  1. That’s hilarious! We never know what our children will say. I look forward to this opportunity all over again now that Piper’s here. ha! Of course, as a grandparent, I don’t have to be the disciplinarian. I’ll simply smile…sneak her a piece of candy…and hand her back to my son. :) I hope Scott has an amazing day!

    • Thanks, Cathy! Actually his birthday was last Saturday and he had a great day. He doesn’t know about this piece so it’ll be interesting to see if he replies 😉

      And I’m with you – can’t wait to giggle at my grandbabies, spoil them and let my kids deal with the fallout!

  2. Cute Photos, Susan!
    I remember the same things with Walter and Sarah!
    My, how time has flown by for me!
    Thank goodness for memories………..and photos!!!

    • I wish I’d written more of them down. Oh gosh, my kids were hilarious! And yes – time flies, and it’s like toilet paper – the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes 😉

  3. I hope he has gotten over that now. And when we see him at church, he looks so innocent!

    • Sadly, he has NOT gotten over it. Just ask Sarah 😉

  4. Oh mercy! I love that story!!! Boys are the best, aren’t they? 😉 Enjoy your day of memories and celebration!

    • Thanks, Jeannette! His birthday was last weekend but he’s coming home THIS weekend to play golf and hang out. He makes us laugh :)

      • We have one of those, too! OK, two, but one especially is like having a comedian around all the time. 😉 Enjoy!

        • Hahaha they do bring a lot of laughs! In fact, I talked to Scott last night (he loved the post, btw) and he laughed about how much fun it is to pick at Sarah NOW! Some things never change 😉

  5. I don’t know if I could have spanked him after that. I would have been laught too hard! Maybe Sarah should stop screaming and ( okay I know this is mean) turn around and kick him one time to hear him yell. I’ll bet he would stop!…I’m just saying. ( advice given by my daughter who is a little sister as well)

    • Oh, Sarah learned how to deal with her big brother, and she kicked him PLENTY of times. What was most effective was grabbing his hand and bending his fingers back!

      And you’re right about not being able to spank him after that. None of us can remember exactly what followed, but I’ve often told that story and asked, “How do you discipline THAT??” LOL

      God is good and never gives us more than we can handle. 😉

  6. anita taylor

    That is hilarious!! I have been around your kids few days in Israel and I can see Scott doing that even now. He has mischievousness behind those smiles. But when you become a grandma you really don’t have to discipline at all you just snicker and let their parents do the disciplining, but I get scolded by Jenny.

    • Oh yeah, you can totally see him doing that, can’t you?? I keep telling him what goes around, comes around so he’d better be ready!

      And YES, when I have grandbabies and they misbehave I’m going to giggle and hand ’em off to their parents. The kids can scold me all they want. I’ll be old then, and
      Gray hair don’t care 😉

  7. He was and is a sweet part of our life too. We love him very much and agree that you have every reason to be proud of who he is at twenty-two, and who he is becoming on life’s journey. He was the first great-grandchild, holding a special place in all our hearts!

    • Aww thanks. You witnessed a BUNCH of his antics when he was little! He was happiest when his sister was irritated 😉

  8. I love that story!!!!! HAHAHAHA!! I so enjoyed meeting him in Israel and getting to know that ADORABLE personality and face!!! You have two beautiful children, Susan!

    • They had so much fun with YOU – they love their Aunti Sandi, and are none too happy that I’m going out to see you and not taking them 😉

  9. He’s the little brother I always wanted :-).

  10. Happy Birth Day to a good mama! Our kids birthdays are awfully special to us moms, aren’t they? Congratulations on celebrating a son who delights you so!

  11. Love it! Out of the mouth of babes! True honesty at its finest. 😉 Hester,

    • With 3 boys, I can only imagine the stuff that goes on at your house!! Boys are hilarious!

  12. Ahhhhhhhhh good times. 😉

  13. “worth it to hear her scream” – boy does he ever sound like my youngest son!!!

  14. Rachel Whiting

    I am reading this story to Brandon right now and we are both dying…gotta love Scott! Love your blog!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Rachel! Yeah, that Scott story is a good one, and you can just picture him doing that! And that story’s just the tip of the iceberg 😉