Mr. Sweetness

It’s difficult to write about my Hansie because he’s so completely wonderful that you’d surely accuse me of obnoxious blatant bragging.

But my dear boy is 12 today so let’s delight in all his fabulousness.

Sample Hansieisms:

“Let me take out the garbage!”

“If I hear a blood-curdling cry, I might look up from my book. But as long as there are no guns or knives around I’ll go right back to reading.”

“Your only flaw, Mom, is that you’re too hard on yourself.”

OK, OK, I know what you are thinking. “He doesn’t look twelve!?!” And he surely doesn’t. But Hans embraces his smallness. I recently bought him new church pants in size 10. As the cuffs pooled on the floor he admonished me, “Face it Mom, I’m small. Please get me size 8s.”

Webster’s defines ‘Hansel’ as a gift given for good luck. And that’s exactly what he’s been for me.

November 16, 2008
November 20, 2008



  1. Ken

    November 19, 2008

    I LOVE you too! You have always been so thoughtful and kind to me. These are great photos of a GREAT young man. I look forward to being with you at your ordination on Sunday.
    With love,

  2. katherine

    November 19, 2008

    Happy Birthday!

  3. Melinda

    November 19, 2008

    HE’S BEAUTIFUL! I miss you by the way!

  4. Claudia

    November 19, 2008

    What a handsome young man. We think you’re pretty great around here too! Happy 12th!

  5. Denise

    November 19, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Hans. I’ve always loved your name. 12 is big, very big. Have a great day!

  6. Bonnie

    November 19, 2008

    Happy B-day Hans!

  7. twoelves

    November 19, 2008

    Such a cutie! Happy Birthday Hans!

  8. Heather

    November 19, 2008

    He definitely does sound sweet. You are a lucky mom. Those are some great photos too.

  9. Heidi

    November 19, 2008

    Happy birthday, Hans! And Michelle, I agree, that your only flaw is being too hard on yourself. 🙂

  10. e miller photography-Salem Oregon Photography

    November 19, 2008

    Happy Birthday Hans! Michelle I love how your pictures capture him!

    And I have to tell you that I opened my dig. scrapbook mag to see your beautiful family!

  11. Tracy

    November 19, 2008

    Happy Birthday – your pictures are incredible!

  12. Jan Russell

    November 20, 2008

    Incredibly HANDSOME! Hope he had a great day yesterday!

  13. emily

    November 20, 2008

    Happy birthday to your sweet boy!

  14. Mitchell Family

    November 30, 2008

    Hans is awesome and all, but I don’t buy that “innocent” look on his face for one minute! — Uncle Bill

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