God’s Gift to Me {Happy Birthday, Owen!}

God still has a plan for us, Mom.  Do you believe that? 

Yes, Owen, I still believe that. 


These were the words my sweet son asked each of us after being told his parents are divorcing.  He’s a planner who likes schedules and steps, so he wanted to know the next step

My only answer was…We pray.  For each other and for the future. We ask God to help us. 

His response was a confident nod and loving reassurance that God is in control – He has a plan for each of us.

I love his heart for his family, his God, and others.  I am truly honored  that on this day 11 years ago – November 22, 2002 – my sovereign God saw fit to give me the gift of Owen.  A special little boy with a huge, tender heart that loves well.

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So, today, I celebrate my amazing son.  I wanted Hannah to have a sister; I had NO idea what to do with a little boy. But, God knew exactly what and who I needed:  Owen.

Owen is a conversationalist who loves to tell and listen to stories.  He loves sports and plays tennis, basketball, soccer, and baseball.  His favorite hobbies are playing the Wii and bowling (he even has his own bowling ball.)

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He texts me in full, correctly-punctuated sentences that make my English-teacher heart smile with pride. He talks with me daily, sounding more 25 than 11 as you never have to guess what Owen’s thinking; he shares his heart easily.  He’s also very clever, using his gift of sarcasm to make us all chuckle.

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He loves the Yankees and any sport the West Virginia Mountaineers are playing.

He also loves his family.  The way Owen treats his older sister warms my heart.  He’s protective and loving, always wanting to make her happy.

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Above all, Owen loves Jesus.  He loves learning Bible stories and is always sharing stories with me of those at school who need prayer or help.

I simply love this little guy who brightens every single one of my days.

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Happy Birthday, Owen.  You are a gift.

Love, Mom


  1. Ashley Clark says:

    Beautiful words. What a great kid! Happy Birthday to Owen! And Congratulations to you, Mom, for your part in raising him that way 🙂

  2. Wanda Agosto says:

    Beautiful! God still has a plan! 🙂 His plans and ways are always higher and better then ours! But, do we believe it? Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!

    You are in my prayers! Love you Sarah! Your boy sounds like an awesome kid but, what can you expect? He has a great role model! 🙂

  3. Happy birthday, Owen!! So happy I got to meet you at your b-day breakfast last week! Have fun being 11! And I’m with you. I believe with all my heart that God has a plan (a really, really good one) for you and your family!

  4. Malinda Blevins says:

    Happy Birthday Owen. Can’t believe you are 11.glad I was part of your early years. You are a very special boy.

  5. Thank you for sharing that beautiful birthday dedication. Owen reminds me of my boys- who are now grown. Your post inspired me to gather my thoughts in the midst of my crazy busy days, and reflect and write words to my sons and my daughter… Words that will remind them of their impact on my life- and of my undying love and affection for them.
    Thank you for taking the time -in the midst of your most difficult season- to model motherhood to all of us- your readers.
    May the LORD richly bless you and heal you… Protect and uphold your family- and meet your every need. We will be praying for all of you.

    • Thanks…I especially appreciate “model motherhood” – that’s been an area in which I often feel I fail. I appreciate your prayers so much!

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