June 30, 2010

today is Michael's birthday

My first child, and only son,

Michael is very special to me.

. . . . . mothers have unique connections to their sons.

first birthday / kindergarden

I was very lucky to be blessed with a first child like Michael;
I think it actually made parenting easier.
Brittany and Chrissy just watched obedient, good natured Michael,
and followed suit. Anyway, that's how I remember it.

Mike is smart and funny,

and has great friends

Michael, Heber, Joshua (these guys hung around our house a lot, I love 'em)

Mike shares a love of fishing with cousin, Spencer


a good athlete


avid Oakland A's fan


musician / singer / songwriter


Eagle Scout



Dominican Republic 1998

A few years later, our family was lucky enough to visit the Dominican Republic

BYU graduation day, with his sweet wife, Marci


Michael is a wonderful husband and father


One of Mike's outstanding traits is his competitiveness.

This side of his nature was never more apparent than when he ran track;

watching him race brought some of the most thrilling moments in my life.

This track meet, in particular, was my favorite:

It was June 30, 1996, his 18th birthday. When he was randomly assigned the number 18 to wear on his jersey, I knew it was a good omen. We had driven 5 hours to watch Mike run in an important track meet in Reno, Nevada. At the stadium entrance, a permanent sign proudly held the names, times and events of all the stadium record holders, daring the anxious athletes to be good enough, fast enough, to garner a spot on the board and earn a place in history.

Mike's event, the 400 meter hurdles, is a grueling race (full speed around the track, while jumping hurdles). Considered a college/Olympic event, Mike, a recent high school graduate, had little experience with it. Mike's goal that day was to beat his personal best, which, if accomplished, could break the stadium record.

The gun went off; as always, my heart pounded out of my chest. I slipped into a zone where I heard none of the screaming bystanders and saw nothing but Michael's position in the race. Though the hurdles were staggered on the curves, I had taught myself to see all the lanes and Mike's relative position, at the same time. He cleared the first hurdle perfectly. At that point, his arduous training became crucial to maintaining his stride, timing, and stamina. Throughout the race, he maintained good position

. . . . . and then, turning for the home stretch,

I saw that he and another runner were tied for first place.

It was like watching slow motion and real time, both at once;

two determined athletes, in unison, straining toward the finish line.

I couldn't get my breath. Tears welled up in my eyes.

Go Mike Go!!!!!!

it was a photo finish !

both runners had a record breaking time,

but only one of them could
earn a spot on the stadium record board.

We waited an eternity (20-30 minutes) for the results.

Finally, the answer came:

HE WON !!!

Thank you, Michael, for one of the most exciting days of my life!

a page from his track scrapbook


Happy Birthday Michael

I love you!


Steve said...

Happy Birthday Michael.
I agree with what Mom says in her blog, You've been alright.
Enjoy the day.
I love you son.

The Chrissy Herself said...

I love you Mikey! Happy Birthday! And yes, thanks for all the track memories. I doubt we'd have any of 'em if it weren't for you!

Brittany said...

Happy Birthday Miguel! I love you. Several comments on his post:

Yes we followed suit of his obedient nature, too bad we didn't emulate his organization and impeccable cleanliness as girls (still not as organized as I'd like to be).

I love all of Mike's hair styles, the fact that he always in an A's hat and his outfits (it's a toss up of which is best between his piano recital sweater or his acid wash jeans with Spencer)

Track was sooo much fun to watch, especially when you're brother was usually the one in the lead. Reading that written story of the Reno race had my adrenaline going even though I knew the outcome!

Zach O. said...

be golfin today if we lived a lil closer. (and if alex would cooperate) have a happy b-day.

Cheryl Joy said...

YAY Mike! Happy Birthday!

I loved the acid wash jeans too. :)

Jennifer Gibbs Kambourian said...

Happy Birthday Michael! You were the first of my many nieces and nephews and I have so many special memories of you as a baby, and growing up. I'm so impressed with how you have always chosen to live your life--you are a very special person. Love, Jenny

KelleyAnne said...

We sure love that guy! Thanks for raising such an amazing son. He is the perfect and husband to Marci and father to the cuties.


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I married my high school sweetheart 34 years ago in the LDS Temple. I have 4 children (3 married, and a 14 year old) and 6 grandchildren. I lived my entire life in California, until 6 years ago. I now reside in San Antonio, Texas. The most important thing to me is my family; I have invested the most in them and it has paid great dividends. I love doing anything creative that beautifies my surroundings and I love nature. I minored in Art and majored in Interior Design at BYU, yet, my profession is a Tax Preparer.

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