Twenty-six years ago I gave birth to the young man on the right after 26 hours of labor! Seth and Kaycee are very lucky they are here after that is all I can say! My birthday boy called me this morning on his way down to his grandparents and we had a wonderful hour long talk and then another one on his way back to his place. He had taken the day off and was sure Granna would have him something for his birthday, but Granna and Papa were not home! That's why you should call your grandparents before you head their way if you want special treats even on your birthday! Colby I know you will read this sooner or later as I am sure KC will call you to say, Mom blogged about you! Wish we could spend the day with you, but glad you have so many friends to spend it with.
Colby had been his Papa's co-pilot since he was just a baby and had a love for flying + an opportunity to fly when ever he wanted thanks to his Papa. He started taking lessons at 13 and did his solo on his 16th birthday and then his solo cross-country at 17. My daddy owned the aviation service and he or one of the instructors would fly down to our house and Colby would fly them back almost every weekend. It was not unusual for Colby to bring one of the planes back to Crossett for a few days. Colby has moved on from flying planes to fast cars, for his own transportation and prefers to fly first class now!
In the picture above is Colby at 17 and Mr. Jeff. We met Jeff and Lisa right after we moved to Crossett, Lisa cut our hair for 17 yrs and our kids went to school and played baseball together. Jeff had never flown before and wanted Colbyto take him up one day and 9 years ago Colby took Mr. Jeff on his first flight. They looked like kids standing in front of that plane that day. I don't know which was more excited, Jeff getting to go up for the first time or Colby being the one to take him.
Jeff we know you have been through some trying times and as you start your 4th round of chemo our thoughts and prayers are with you, Lisa and the kids.
Happy Birthday Colby! You are one of three reasons why being a Mom makes everyday special.