Eighteen years ago I wasn’t really sure I wanted kids. Children seemed like so much work, and if anyone could “screw up” at raising kids, it would be me.

I remember that night with Lea at the hospital well. I kept feeling sick and trying to pass-out because I was so scared. I wasn’t sure I was ready for this, but it was happening. It was a “ready or not here I come” moment. I’d never seen or experienced anything like child birth. Then when my first, Taylor, was born God did a miracle in my heart. I remember what felt like an instant sense of love that came over me that I had never experienced before. The second that boy appeared in this world, I would have given my life for him.

It was a special day. I remember crying right there in front of everyone, and I didn’t care who saw me. The nurse wrapped that tiny baby up in a blanket and said, “Do you you want to hold him?” I remember shaking my head “no” and thinking, “He might break.” She gave him to me anyway. He was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Then I made a fatal mistake … I blinked … and he turned 18 last Friday. Soon I’ll blink again, and he’ll be graduating from high school and heading to AIM.

The years, months, days and minutes are SO important with each child. We don’t have them very long – value and cherish them while you can.

Happy Birthday, Taylor.

We love you and are very proud of you. ~ Mom & Dad

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. john dobbs says:

    Awesome post! My son will turn 18 in 23 days. The years do pass by quickly. God’s blessings to you and your family.

  2. Greg says:

    Great words from a father’s heart! We waited seven years to have our first child because I didn’t want him or her to be the rebellious teenager I had been. But God blessed us beyond imagination with our two children, neither of whom were rebellious at all. (I was a horrible teen to my parents … to the point of leaving home after 9th grade.) That love is just as amazing when you first lay eyes on a grandchild … and the tears flow and you don’t care who sees them!

  3. AncientWanderer says:

    Happy Birthday Taylor.

    My “Taylor” turned 19 this year.

  4. Brooke says:

    Wow, it’s official. I am old…he’s not supposed to be 18 already :(

  5. NB says:

    Happy Birthday Taylor!

  6. Liss and MOMMY says:

    Is this the same Taylor that tried to flush a whole roll of tp? Flooded the bathroom and then came to see if I could help him with the ‘small water problem.’
    Happy Birthday Taylor! You show me there is hope for my boys to turn out to be great Christian young men.

  7. Shannon says:

    I’ve just 10 more years until my oldest is 18…seems like a long time but the first 8 have left me wondering; where have the gone?

    Happy B-day Taylor.

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    Thanks for the well-wishes and the memories. Taylor enjoyed reading them.


  9. Anonymous says:

    Trey – I warned you about blinking! Jason will be 21 when his birthday rolls around in May..and he’s my baby! No, I’m not “that” old!!

    BTW – Happy (late) Birthday, Taylor!! From Ford Man’s Wife!!

  10. TiffanyBlevins says:

    I can still remember when Taylor (or it could have been Parker) who fell off the top Derrick’s bunk bed. Seem’s like yesterday we were all so little. I am turning 22 Friday and that doesn’t seem right.

    You were actually in dream last night. It was the last day of classes for me (which I am graduating in December) and I came over to you and was bawling and needed a hug. And of course you told me “You always will be a crier.” (I’ve accepted it, so it’s ok!)

  11. TREY MORGAN says:

    Tiff – You are the coolest girl in California I know. It was Taylor who fell off the bed. I remember having to take him to the emergency room to get his head stitched up. Boy, that was a long time ago. And, no, 22 is not old.

    As for the dream … I can see it clear as day. Your dad always told me you were the crier in the family. He was right. Just know this, I’ll always be here to hug your neck when you need a shoulder to cry on. Always!

    Love ya girl …

  12. Anonymous says:

    Mom gave me the link to your blog back when it started and I stop by often for your inspiration!!! You continually remind me of where I came from and how blessed Childress, TX is by you and your wonderful family!!!

    I cannont believe that Taylor is 18!!! I can remember babysitting him when I was younger!!! Man it makes me feel old 😉 Please wish him a Happy Belated B-Day from me!!

    Keep up the great blogging!!!


  13. TREY MORGAN says:

    Kelly … you’re a sweetie and a great babysitter. Hope you’re doing good. Miss you much (hugs).


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