Today was Mark's birthday. He turned 19 today!
It was the first birthday he's had away from home and you know I couldn't let the day go by without going to see him. So that's what we did. Steve was already in Columbia today on business, so after school Laura and Lindy and I drove down to join him and take Mark out to dinner. Ashley and John met us there, too. We went to Carolina Ale House, which has all the kind of food he likes (burgers, wings, etc.)
We gave him alot of new clothes from American Eagle that he needed like some khakis and new shirts.
And I made a big goodie bag for him with all his favorite things like Gatorade, peanut M & M's, trail mix, Lemonheads, Sour Patch Kids, Barbeque Baked Lays potato chips, etc. He loved it!
We didn't get to stay long, but I was so glad we got to see him today. Nineteen years ago today I was in labor and Steve was sitting there watching the NCAA tournament on TV the whole time. That was appropriate because Mark is a basketball fanatic! He was born with a head full of black hair and pretty dark skin. I thought he looked like a little Hispanic baby and he was so cute!! He was a butterball when he was a baby...just the way I like 'em!
Mark has always brought us so much joy and happiness and he has never given us a minute of trouble. I've got to brag a little bit and just say that he is so handsome and funny and smart and athletic. He has always gotten compliments from adults that meet him and he is loved by his friends, too. He even won best personality in his senior class (which was huge, by the way). He is my sweet boy and I am so thankful God gave him to us on this day nineteen years ago. I love you, Mark!!
PS--I have become blog famous down in West Palm Beach because of my blog post about seeing Kelly Ripa. Haha!! A reporter from the Palm Beach Post called me yesterday and said she saw my blog and wanted to chat with me about it. How on earth did she find my blog?? But today she wrote about me here and even used a few of my pictures!