It won’t be midnight…

I must be getting old,
my kids are all over 40.
Married, family, and kids,
a thing of beauty.

Happy birthday, Deanna,
it’s been quite a journey so far.
It’s had its ups and downs,
but you came through a shining star.

With age, you gain wisdom,
and you need all you can get.
Because three kids can be hard,
not only three, but also a pet.

But Deanna, you’ve been great,
balancing all of life.
You’ve lived up to all the trials,
a loving mother and terrific wife.

I hope you have a lovely birthday,
when it comes this Wednesday.
May you celebrate the way you want,
making it the most memorable day.

You’re very special in my heart,
and you have a flair for the Word.
It seems like the entire family,
makes the sweetest sound I’ve heard.

I know times are very busy,
but I look forward to seeing you.
This year will not be midnight,
when 41 becomes new.

So happy birthday I say again,
may God richly bless you.
May the day be bright and cheery,
in everything you do.

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Ella, “3”

Ella Vivian Goodman is now three,
she is getting bigger, we can see.
As we celebrate this birthday year,
may everyone give roaring cheer.

Ella has given out a pet name,
and not-a-one is the same.
If my name was Bob,
I could understand “nutjob”.

Grandma is very simple,
she calls her “Grammy”, smile and dimple.
Mommy got the name “popcorn”,
puffed or kernel of corn.

Jared she calls “wawa”,
I can’t understand and say “aha”!
Daddy she calls “lima bean”,
but he’s not green- know what I mean?

She also calls me “papa”,
a shorter version of Grandpa.
But this is all part of Ella’s world,
as it’s mixed and twirled.

So as we celebrate age 3,
we’ll see what the future will be.
She’s talking more and running the show,
we follow wherever she will go.

Happy birthday, Ella,
as Grandma calls you “Ella Bella”.
We look forward to year four,
I’m sure we’ll be in for so much more.

Eric John “16”

Sixteen is the second milestone,
that happens in the teenage years.
And that’s more than enough,
to call for birthday cheers.

Eric John, you’re getting older,
bigger and taller too.
I can see changes in your life,
as God takes care of you.

One day you may be a poet,
even better than I’ve been.
You write deep on thought,
and that’s the way to win.

You seem to be branching out,
with many more things to do.
I really enjoyed putt-putt golf,
it was fun spending time with you.

One day we’ll do something else,
and leave the phone at home!
We’ll concentrate on what we do,
just you and me alone.

We’ll still have to have lunch,
or maybe after-school dinner.
The school year doesn’t leave much time,
but on vacation you’ll be a winner.

I’m so happy to celebrate your birthday,
even though you’ll be away.
I know you’ll have something special,
with the family on Tuesday.

So I’ll see you when you get back,
we have a score to settle.
One of us will be the winner,
but I know it will be a battle.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Sammy!

Happy Birthday Sammy,
this is your special day.
I hope this day follows,
your plans in every way.

Sammy just turned four,
getting ready for school.
Grandma will take him,
that’s really cool.

Sammy will do well,
he knows his basic ABCs.
He also knows his numbers,
he counts- 1, 2, 3.

I’m proud of you Sammy,
I know you will do well.
In fact, you’ll do better,
than anyone can tell.

So happy birthday, Sammy,
looking forward to the adventure.
And everything looks bright,
to a great, great future.

Years of Adventure

This poem is dedicated to my grandson Jared, who turns 18 this week.


The third and final milestone,
of the teenage years,
calls for an ovation,
and many birthday cheers.

Years ago you would be,
considered of legal age.
But times have changed,
now it’s no longer the gauge.

The world says now you must attain,
the future age of twenty-one.
Then you will finally be ready,
to go out and have some fun.

But still yet it changes again,
now you must be twenty-six.
And as for now, I think that’s the age,
when you finally enter the worldly mix.

We’ve been to many different places,
and thrice to Myrtle Beach,
where Putt-Putt Champion,
was within everyone’s reach.

Myrtle Beach had a thunder and lightning storm,
and Grandma got locked out.
Jay was trying to photograph lightning,
he and Jen didn’t know Grandma wasn’t about.

Jared and I found her,
when we came up from the pool.
We had the keycard to enter the room,
we thought that was cool.

Atlanta has also been the town,
we visited more and more.
The aquarium and old Turner Field,
it never became a bore.

The World of Coke a favourite,
we’ve visited more than once.
And drank a world of Coke,
every ounce by ounce.

We even went to Georgia to eat,
at a very special place.
The diner was crowded, we had to wait,
but five turkey dinners set the pace.

We’ve been to the mall with NASCAR,
and battled from dusk ’til dawn.
Jay and Jared beat McMurray,
it was simple, like a yawn.

You never get to go to some places,
you really want to go.
But all in all I think you’re happy,
in the places we got to know.

If it wasn’t for your knowledge,
I would not have this site.
To offer words of encouragement,
and share Jesus’ glorious Light.

We have a better choice to make,
and isn’t it a great thing to know:
we live in the world but are not part of it,
and we’re planted in Christ to grow.

And age is not the criteria,
it’s not on how our life is selected.
It’s our faith in Jesus Christ,
living for Him, that we elected.

The world may seem glorious,
but it has no credibility.
Only living in Christ,
is a guarantee for eternity.

Your choice has been made,
and the future looks bright.
You’ll never walk in darkness,
Jesus is Eternal Light.

So happy birthday Jared,
I’m glad you’re on the right track.
Enjoy the day, it’s special for you,
your future is ahead, never look back.

Jen 44

44 comes once in a lifetime,
and it’s to be cherished, as every birthday.
God has blessed all these years,
and it must be no other way.

I’m so glad we can celebrate,
and join in the festive fun.
Birthdays are so very special,
for each and every one.

Birthdays need to have fun and games,
prizes and candy and ice cream cake.
And good thing birthdays come once a year,
because all that celebration is hard to take.

As you reminisce of your younger years,
and see how much you’ve changed.
And realize as you grow,
life is constantly rearranged.

Your life is always improving,
as you grow, day by day.
So take some time and reflect on life,
or get away, you and Jay.

Again, I wish you happy birthday,
may all joy and happiness be yours.
And may all your presents,
be from the heart and score.

Happy Birthday, Jay!

As leader of the pack,
you have a standard to uphold.
When it comes to my children,
you are considered old.

A sign of wisdom,
is having gray hair.
But when I look at you,
there is nothing there.

Jay might be on to something,
no hair to interfere with the brain.
No rerouting, turns, or stops,
like an express, locomotive train.

You must be wired differently,
to assemble without instructions.
You have a unique ability,
using the powers of deduction.

You’ve gained much knowledge,
in life’s many years.
By listening closely,
with an attentive ear.

You’re a son-(in-law) a dad can be proud of,
serving the Lord and serving others.
Always ready with a helping hand,
in a family of close knit brothers.

Family bonds are covenant in God’s sight,
and we know the importance of our word.
It’s a testimony of who we are,
what we speak and what is heard.

So in all and all,
I wish you happy birthday.
And may the Lord bless you,
in His own special way.