13 November 2011

Happy Birthday Son

On this November day in 1984 our Son Joel was born at 10.50am six weeks early born so fragile and not knowing how to breathe he finally made it through with our love and strength and a wonderful medical staff.  A little miracle to begin with after some pregnancy scares, he grew stronger every day. Today he turns 27 years old and is over 6ft 5inch tall it seems strange looking back on photos of this little premature baby boy.

So blessed to have such a loving son who always thinks of others first, his sharp witty personality makes me laugh everyday (takes after his father) I call him my quiet achiever. Joel has followed his dad in Swim coaching after a remarkable swimming career winning medals at State Country and National level, qualifying for both the commonwealth and Olympic trials.
Joel gives a great deal of his time teaching underprivileged children for free he once raised over $15, ooo for a skate park for a community where children only had the streets to play in. His swimming career funding has always been donated back to children or clubs knowing they will enjoy life so much more playing on their skateboards, instead of hanging around the streets.
In the year 2000 special Medals were awarded from the Queen by the then Prime Minister John Howard. Joel was awarded a medal at Government House for his work and contribution to children of small community towns and for his outstanding swimming achievements, we have always been so very proud of him.

Now a grown adult I enjoy watching him excel at his biggest achievement thus far fatherhood, it’s so extremely special watching your own son feel the incredible love for his child, as we felt for him, when he was little and still do.

We love you more with each new day!

Always Love In Wendy’s World


Mimi said...

Happy Birthday to your son a beautiful read and I would be so proud. Thank you for being the 100th follower. Mimi xx

Anonymous said...

Wendy he is a real credit to you and how he was raised.
Happy birthday to your wonderful son :)


Tina said...

He was so sweet! With baby pictures like that I'm sure he didnt ever mind if you wanted to show the girlfriend!!x

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh Wendy, this post gave me tingles and a little tear too. Your Joel sounds like a wonderful young man and what a beautiful story of how a fragile little being grew into a strong, tall, athletic man. Nature is a remarkable thing :o) Well done to you and your hubby too Wendy, you so rightfully deserve much of the credit for who Joel has become. Happy Birthday to Joel :o) xo

YFF said...

A big happy birthday to my fourth son....remarkable post Wen...can feel you every step..and...Awww those pics are just awesome....xxx

Silver Strands said...

Happy birthday to Joel! And I know ... it's a unique joy - seeing your own son as he fathers. Precious post Wendy.

Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots said...

What a beautiful read, your son sounds like an amazing man!

Kristy said...

Just look at that little face in the Santa photo. What a classic. I have one exactly the same of me. I have never forgiven my mum.Ha
Great post Wendy. Happy birthday to your son.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

No wonder you are so proud of Joel. He must be a very special person.

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Happy Birthday to your goreous Joel.

What a beautiful post. xoxox

Thankyou for introducing me to yor wonderful Blog. Love all of your images.

Catherine said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful son Wendy. He sounds like a wonderful young man and he has achieved so many wonderful things in his life. I can tell you are so proud, you have done an amazing job. xo

Susan said...

Happy belated birthday to your son from another November 13 baby!

Melissah from Scrapbook said...

It sounds like you have good reason to be prod of him!

championm2000 said...

What a beautiful tribute to your son on his birthday!