Number Nine

posted by Momo Fali on May 9, 2011

Tomorrow is your birthday.  It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that you’ve been in my life for less than a decade, because it feels like you’ve been around forever.  Most people say that they can’t believe how time flies, but with you things tend to move at a slower pace.

We have been through a lot together, you and I.  I won’t lie; you’re the reason I have an intimate relationship with anti-anxiety meds and sleep aides.  You are the reason I throw my hands in the air on a daily basis, look up and say, “Lord, have mercy on me.”

I had a hard time learning to love you.  I was scared to love you.  I didn’t think you were going to stick around very long and I didn’t want to get hurt.  I’m glad I let my guard down.  It was the best thing I ever did and I learned that, when in doubt, you should follow your heart.

You bring adventure to my life because I never know what you’re going to say or what you’re going to do.  Even when we’re out running errands together, I feel like I’m living on the edge.  At least I never have to worry about life being dull.

But, I don’t just love you because you keep me on my toes.  I love you because you are strong, smart, funny and so stinkin’ cute.  I love that you aren’t perfect, because it reminds me that no one is.

Happy 9th birthday, Boo.  Mommy loves you.



  • Lee Ann

    Where would we be without our less-than-perfect children ? We’d be less of a person for they have pushed and prodded us into the people we are today. Thank God for my less-than-perfect son for I am stronger, able to admit my weakness, more appreciative of each day, and glad that I was chosen to tackle life with him. Boo-yeah ! You rock kiddo !

  • Misty

    Love this letter… it’s the “putting in perspective” that’s such a great excersize…

  • meleah rebeccah

    Oh Momo! I love this letter, and your son is too adorable for words. Happy 9th Birthday!!!

  • AlisonH

    Happy Birthday!

  • Melisa


    Beautiful post, Momo. Have a great day celebrating with your little guy. xoxo

  • Laura Woods

    OMG. Tears to my eyes. He is a great kid and I can’t image the world without him. Everytime I’m around him I laugh. Love you with all my heart. Aunt Laura.

  • Tara R.

    Happy Ninth Birthday to your little man. Hope it’s a great celebration.

  • Heather

    i love him too. i hope he has an AWESOME birthday! May is a good month 😉

  • Amie

    Happy Birthday to Lil’ Duffy!

  • megan


  • mrsmouthy

    Every birthday is a big reason to celebrate, but with this kid it feels like the reason is even bigger.

  • Bean

    Happy Birthday (again) to such a sweet boy!
    I loved this, Mo.

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