Ah, I’d love to tell you all about my compassionate, musical, well-read, strong, intelligent, under-the-radar, second son– but that might be obnoxious. So, one short vignette will have to do…

Every day, at 3:15 Stefan runs down the street to Mary’s preschool. He walks into her classroom, calls her by name and holds her hand as they traverse the parking lot. Once they reach the sidewalk, he lifts her into his arms and carries her all the way home.


Every day.

Without being asked.

Or reminded(though on very rare occasions when he has something after school he’ll prompt ME to pick her up).

And maybe that tells you more about my boy than anything else.


We needed a pic of his rarely-seen, ultra-cool specs, but Stef gets a little nervous behind the camera so I sent Mary in to warm him up.


Notice the spiffy black eye he procured at basketball last night?



Happy Birthday Stefan(I’ll be home in a minute– thanks for getting Mary!)!

March 15, 2009



  1. dalene

    March 12, 2009

    Oh Happy Birthday! And 15 is one of my favorite ages (not to be, but to love).

  2. duchess

    March 12, 2009

    How sweet is that?
    They are too cute.

  3. Seagulljaap

    March 13, 2009

    Happy Birthday wishes to a wonderful young man!

  4. Linn

    March 13, 2009

    There is an incredible feeling about that boy. Hope he had a wonderful birthday!

  5. Danielle

    March 13, 2009

    that is so unbelievably SWEET!!!!

  6. m_and_m

    March 13, 2009

    The love in your family oozes out of all your pics, Michelle. It is breathtaking and inspiring.

  7. Azúcar

    March 13, 2009

    He looks just like you.

    And I always always always wished I had an older brother like Stefan.

  8. Tracy

    March 13, 2009

    Happy Birthday! We a sweet young man.

  9. Kim

    March 13, 2009

    Happy Birthday Stefan! He seems like such a gem! 🙂

  10. martha corinna

    March 13, 2009

    What a great brother. I hope I raise children like your children.

  11. Coach A.

    March 14, 2009

    Happy Happy Birthday!! =)

  12. Melissa

    March 14, 2009

    You have the most BEAUTIFUL children, both inside and out! What a very blessed mama you are.

    Happy birthday to Stefan!

  13. Jill

    March 14, 2009


    I need to get my hands on a black petti skirt pronto. I think I remember Chelle saying you sold them…is that the case and do you have any in stock for my little 9 year old? She needs it for a dance costume. Mid thigh length would be best. Let me know.

  14. Claudia

    March 14, 2009

    That is one of my favorite sites as I turn the corner to get to the S curve most afternoons. What a kind, strong, handsome young man. I could go on and on but you know that I know. Hugs to Stephan!

  15. Linkous

    March 14, 2009

    What a lucky little girl Mary is! Happy Birthday Stefan!

  16. katherine

    March 15, 2009

    Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!

  17. Patti

    March 16, 2009

    That is so sweet…

  18. katieo

    March 17, 2009

    Ack! I’m in tears! What a perfect picture and sweet older brother.

    I just found you from Letters to a Parent. And then your religion/politics blog. I think I love you. Really.

    (And am about to have my fourth boy. You have given me HOPE!)

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