Dear, Tanner

An annual birthday letter to my son on his 15th birthday

My dearest Tanner…

If this past year has proven anything to me, it’s this: the world needs strong, righteous, God-fearing, family devoted men who stand tall in all places. Now more than ever. And as I have watched you this past year I have found myself swelling with pride.

Tanner, you are no doubt growing into an incredible man. One who is strong in his convictions. One who will be the first to help someone in need and the last to back down from what is right. Don’t ever lose that strength. The world needs as much of it as it can get. And having that example in my home for my other cubs has meant so much.

Fifteen. I feel that we are going full speed towards the hardest uncharted territory with driving, and dating, and planning for your future. While I can’t slow anything down, please know that it’s that nervous excited feeling. You know… the one Owen Wilson talks about as he is getting trapped into the rocket headed for the asteroid. “I got that “excited/scared” feeling. Like 98% excited, 2% scared. Or maybe it’s more – It could be two – it could be 98% scared, 2% excited but that’s what makes it so intense, it’s so – confused.”

I am cheering you on every step of the way and wishing you the grandest things while nursing a continually breaking heart. No one prepares you for this as a mother and I already know I am not going to be perfect at this next season. 

Through it all, words could never express how in awe and proud your father and I are of you. You have made motherhood the sweetest adventure.

With all of me and more,


(Take a look back at Tanner’s 14th birthday, 13th birthday,  12th birthday,  11th birthday,  10th birthday,  9th birthday  and  8th birthday)



May 4, 2021


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