Thursday, November 13, 2008

Happy 18th Jo

Jordan turned 18 on Friday November 7th. Unbelievable. Inconceivable. Unimaginable.
Jordan's dad Brian and his wife Adell and their very gorgeous baby Ella came from Oregon to help us celebrate her birthday. Brian and I were very young when Jordan was born. 19...barely. When people tell me, "You don't look old enough to have an 18 year old..." I always reply, "I'm not." But her birth was the first of many moments in my life that made me realize that there is usually a bigger plan to all of this stuff we call life. And while she may not have been our plan... initially... she definitely shaped our plans for the rest of our lives. She has been such a wonderful, perfect gift to all of us. There have been many things I have done wrong in my life... but the way Brian and I, and Jeff and Adell, have parented her has not been one of those things. I believe that even though we were stupid kids, we handled her birth and our parting better than most adults do. We have remained friends. We have rejoiced with each other in finding our life long mates. Our spouses have helped us to shape her into the wonderful woman she now is. I consider Adell a friend, and I couldn't have picked a better step mom for her. There is no fighting and no back stabbing and no harsh feelings. We feel blessed to have them as a part of our family.

Jordan and her two tickets to see the Eagles. Thanks to Uncle Ben.

Happy Birthday Jo. We wish you the best year yet, and we love you so much words can't even describe.


Laurel said...

That is sooo... awesome, that you can all work together in your parenting. wow! Thanks for sharing, honestly, about the poor choices, and the blessings that have resulted from them.


Laurel :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Jordan! I bet you will love that Pansonic Lumix! They are great cameras!

Chris said...

Happy Birthday Jordan :)
18 years old wow Enjoy .
Hey do you know hwat you can do in Canada when you are 18 ? Ok JK gina lol

Jenny H said...

Happy birthday JoJo bean head. Love you big as the sky!
Aunt Jenny

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday Jordan!!

waitingarms said...

Happy Birthday Jordan! Thanks mom for sharing how adults can all work together with the best interests of their children in mind!

AA said...

Thank you so much for this post. I frequently tell people about you and Brian and how amazed and awed I am by the way the two of you have stayed friends under circumstances that often lead people apart. It is a rare story and one that has always impressed me. I have watched each of you for nearly 15 years now and you've been such powerful role models. Jeff and I had really great examples to follow when we came on the scene. Like you, one of the things I'm most proud of in my life is the way that the four of us have interacted, become friends and done our best to be our best for Jordan. That may be the greatest birthday present we could ever give her. Again, thanks for the post.

Your friend, Jordan's stepmom, and the mother of the newest sibling ;-)


Larsons said...

Awesome Photo's. Great Evening!So glad to have been part of a Happy Reunion. God Bless. Nanny and Poppy