Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Martin!

My first baby boy is 10 years old today. It's so hard to believe that 10 years has already past. I had no idea even when I was sitting in the hospital bed waiting to hold my first born ... how incredibly blessed my life would be.

He was a dream come true for me.  

He filled my days with hugs, joy, laughter, and adventure.
Martin has always been kind and nurturing to his brothers and sister!
About 2 years old

My mom with the 2 boys
Martin (3 yo) with Aaron (1 yo)
4 years old - shortly after Jonathan was born.
Martin doing Kindergarten
Martin with me at about 5 years old.

He has always been so sweet with his baby siblings! Here is kissing Jonathan.
About 5 years old
Martin was always super excited to add another baby to our family!
Sparks - AWANA
6 1/2 years old - always being the nurturing big brother!
Best friends!
Spring of '09
Summer of '09
First day of 2nd grade
Spring of '10

First year of Truth and Training

End of 3rd grade - Legos are his favorite thing!
Almost 9 years old - catching lizards

Summer of 2011

A few days before turning 10 years old!

Martin is my first born child. He is smart, loving, tender, helpful, and kind. I am so thankful for him. He has always had an easy personality. He has always been a wonderful big brother - kind and helpful. He is full of facts and information that never seems to stop. He is an avid reader and has a large variety of interests. He loves watching documentaries to fill up on even more information. He will spend entire days building lego creations. He loves roller coasters.
Our family is so blessed by Martin. I am blessed by Martin. Our conversations get better and deeper and more interesting with each day. Happy Birthday to my sweet and wonderful 10 year old. 


  1. Happy Birthday Martin! 10 already? Where does the time go? How can my youngest (Nick) be 26? And Tara be 31 with FOUR kids of her own? Oh how this fleeting life flies by. Martin is a fine young man. May his birthday be extra special!

  2. Happy Birthday Martin!! I can't believe our "babies" are turning ten! Bitter Sweet! :)

  3. Happy Birthday, Martin!
    Larissa, and to think that he was only 2 when I first met you. The days are long but the years are short.

  4. Happy 10th birthday Martin! I loved the flashback of pictures!!!

  5. I loved the snapshot of Martin's 10 years, and especially loved reading about all his special qualities. Happy Birthday to your firstborn son! (love those blue eyes!)

  6. My favorite is a tie between the Sparks picture :) and the one of he and Aaron in their USA shirts. You have raised one remarkable young man. He is a thinker and he has such a sweet passive side. He has the sweetest smile and I have been blessed just be knowing him. Honestly, when I got Martin in Sparks I starting reading my bible more. Seeing how much he yearned to learn and how dedicated he was really made me rethink my bible time. You have such a special family and I love seeing how Martin has influenced the younger ones. I can't wait to see what wonderful things he does next, but as I told him, if it involves lizards just send me a picture. :) Happy mom day to you girl. Today is the day your life changed as well. You wear motherhood beautifully!