Saturday, June 12, 2010


My sons, Nick and Rob, were born on June 12, 4 years and 4,000 miles apart. Today I wish each of them a happy and blessed birthday.

As the weeks went by leading to today, my thoughts have centered on Rob and Nick. Memories of joy-filled times have frequently come to me. And I have smiled a lot.

I so wish that I had been a better father; I so wish that I were not the invalid I am today so that the joyous time could continue.

I so pray for blessings upon my two beloved sons:

May all your birthdays bring you joy;
many, many, more years to journey.
May each new day be more wonderful than the last;
discovering life's bounty;
filled with love, health, and happiness.
May your heart find its path;
through all that you do;
As God continues to bless you.


  1. That's a beautiful post, Nick! Happy Birthday to your boys. :-)

  2. Congratulations on raising two fine sons! I hope you are all around to enjoy each other's company for many years to come!

  3. Thomas: Thank you, my dear friend. I appreciate your words.

  4. Happy Birthday to your sons.In your heart you are still young and you can still treasure the times you spent with them growing up,not to mention your grand kids.

  5. Mike: Thanks for reminding me, my dear friend. There is joy in my heart today!

  6. Oh, Nick. That touched my heart. I am sure that you were the perfect father for whatever path your sons were brought here to tread. I feel happy thinking about the love you have for your sons.

    Happy Birthday and much peace to your sons on the anniversary of their births.

  7. Happy Birthday, Nick and Rob!

    And Papa Nick, remember that all of us who have been parents wish we had done it "better." Remember, also, that you did the best you knew, and that that they are both remarkable men who make you proud. That says a lot. :)

  8. Happy "BURPDAYS" to ya little boys if only little in yawls mind. May I borrow your prayer? Peace

  9. Lynilu said exactly what I was going to say. Nick, cherish the memories. Some fathers never have a good relationship with their sons, but you do and that is all that matters.

    Happy Birthday to your sons.

  10. Lynilu is right, I think. We ALL wish we were better parents...but we do the best we can.

    I hope they both have a Happy Birthday.

  11. I'm sure no one could have been a better father, Nick. Happy Birthday to your sons!

  12. Happy birthday to both boys. What excellent timing your parents had!

  13. WOW what an amazing coincidence that they share the same birthday!

    Happy birthday Nick and Rob. :)

  14. You are a gracious and remarkable man, Nick. Your sons will be proud to read this.

    A very happy birthday to your two boys.

    God Bless, CJ xx

  15. A very happy belated birthday to two fine looking men. You are right to be proud of them and I'm sure you were the best father you knew how to be.

  16. Happy birthday, Nick and Rob.