Friday, August 2, 2013


Boys! I love boys. Don't get me wrong, I love girls too. Especially little girls. They're so cute... but this is about B-O-Y-S. 

I was always crazy about boys when I was growing up. Of course, I had two, younger, stinky brothers, Steve and Jason, and no sisters growing up, so that might have something to do with it. But I doubt it. 

My best friend when I was little, whom I hung out with, rode bicycles with, and fought like cats and dogs with was a boy. Chris. We've been friends now for "forty-something" years and he still tells people, "She is my oldest and best long-time friend." It's pretty special to have a friend that long, who thinks that way of you. Such a blessing

Me, with MY "boy"
One of my greatest blessings though, is my best-good-friend-ever-in-this-world, who also happens to be a boy, who grew into a man! Well, after thirty years of marriage, I think it's safe to say that at times he's STILL a boy! But I love him. My husband, D.A. 

I had two little girls who were precious as they could be. 
Rachel & Katie getting to visit their new brother, Logan

And then... we had a BOY. I had no earthly idea how sweet, cuddly, and just down right lovable this little boy could be. But he was! He's now twenty-two and married, but he is still my baby BOY. And he's still sweet, cuddly, and just down right lovable! Don't let him kid you.

Logan giving his Superhero pose

Our girls grew up and married BOYS, so we also have Sons-in-law now, too. Which is okay by me. 

Our oldest girl, Rachel, with her boys, Jake and Abraham

Our middle daughter, Katie with her "boy" Brett

Logan with his "girl" Rhiannon

But even though the boys in my life have been fun, playful, irritating, mean at times, tried my patience, and got me into all kinds of trouble, none of them have compared to the boys who have come into my life in the last seven years. I'm talking about my GRAND-BOYS!

I'm sure grand-girls are precious and those of you who have girls will tell me so. But for now, until I get a grand-girl, I'm gonna brag on my grand-boys! 

First, there is Radley. He just turned seven, which means he is going to start second grade in a couple of weeks. Yikes! I do not know where the time went with him. Then again, I don't know where the time went with his mommy, either! Because I distinctly remember dressing her all up and taking her to her first day of second grade! *sigh*
Radley, my little sweetheart

Radley is my little sweetheart. He loves to stay all night with Nonney and Paw Paw, ride the tractor, which he clearly states he can now drive! He also loves to ride on Paw Paw's motorcycle and go around curves. 
Can you tell Radley loves the motorcycle?

He looks so cute with his little helmet and goggles on! I think someday he will be riding his own motorcycle. Maybe. If we can ever get him to ride on his own two wheels! Hmm... maybe a trike would be in order. Radley belongs to our Number Two daughter, Katie, and her husband Brett.

Abraham sitting on Nonney's bike. He's not too sure.
Then there is Abraham (Abe). Abe is almost two, and he is one little funny man! He is my Peep-Eye. When he was born, he looked at me with one eye opened, hence the Peep-Eye. 

Abe, stealing Nonney's chair.
Abe lives just next door to Nonney and Paw Paw, and he loves to "run away" from home every chance he gets to go "out wide." He loves Thomas the Train, but I think he also loves coming to our house just as much. Especially if he can get in my bed and lay on Paw Paw's "pibbo." But I think Abe loves his "Yaddey" even more!

Nonney's Boys

Boys. I love 'em! Whether they're big or small, I realized that I am extremely blessed with an abundance of boys. It's not an accident by any means.

I know in my heart that this is all orchestrated by God. It is His design that I am surrounded by boys. Boys who will all grow up to be men. Men who will serve God. Men who will lead their families to serve God. It's all about HIM anyway.

Boys. A great idea, I think.

My "boy" and me...and ALL our boys and girls (even the dogs)!


J'nell Ciesielski said...

You have such a beautiful happy family!

Tom Threadgill said...

Great family! I've got three grandsons and my first granddaughter will be here at the end of October. Can't wait!

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thank you! I'm pretty proud of them.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Congrats on your grand-girl! That will be a big change after all those boys, I'm sure! ;)

Joanne Sher said...

Oh, they're ALL so precious. Love my boys too! :)

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thank you, Joanne! I never knew how precious boys could be... but I had an idea. ;-]

Karla Akins said...

I raised four boys and one girl. I have five granddaughters. Boys are so precious and special. I love having boys!

Karen Wingate said...

Beautiful family pictures! What treasures.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Karla, FOUR BOYS? I'll bet your one girl didn't know what to do with herself.

Karen... thank you. They are ALL treasures. Even the girls. ;-]

Nancy K. Sullivan said...

As a grandmother of three wonderful boys/grandsons, you're talking my language! We raised two wonderful daughters and loved all the girlie things, but grandsons can rock your world like nobody else - and in a great way! Fun post and I love the wonderful pictures!

Susan Craft said...

I have one boy and one girl (they are 32 and 37 now) and I have to say the boy was the easier of the two when growing up. He played football and was so tired all the time, he didn't have the energy to get into trouble. :-) They didn't get along at first, but have been best friends for years. Loved this post, Shelley.

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