Happy Birthdays!!

I’m a neglectful mother. I thought about it, but I just didn’t do it. I didn’t write special birthday posts for my darling children who celebrated their special days on the 22nd and 27th. But fortunately, their creativity and love for each other provided just the material for you to catch a glimpse into our crazy family. On an ordinary day, I am the proudest mama going, but after seeing their greetings to each other, I’m not quite sure about that anymore! 


Here is the poem that Lauren wrote for her beloved brother:




yo bro

its your birfday and im here to give you a rhyme
i know it wont be long so im sure you got the time
living with you all my life has been kinda crazy
you sweat, eat a lot and sometimes you get lazy

but youre way too cool and smart and really funny
so ill never kick you out even though you like chubby bunnies
the way you sing, smile and fart 
is only just the start
youre more than a brother
youre my best friend
i just freakin love you
THE END



And his greeting to her is the following YouTube video. 
Out of necessity, I’m posting the words first! 

you wrote me a rhyme that was truly sublime
but it will not stand the test of time
because im back with a whole new swagger
my lyrics and moves are makin e’erbody stagger
i got the flow of the century and im here to let you know
it got the biggest baddest happy birthday rap fo sho

you see im singin to the the most beautiful head of curls
whose life of BEIN LOVE inspires so many girls
paper pages in her pocket are the deepest root
because the bible is the key to life’s eternal fruit
if you ask her bout the truth she is compelled to say
that jesus christ is all the love and life and the way
god has blessed her with lifesong always on her lips
lives a life of dance god’s glory moves her hips
the proclamation of salvation grips her tongue
showin love to e’erbody big and small old and young

twenty two years of her life is written on this day
to my sister
how i’ve missed her
HAPPY BIRTH-A-DAY!!

So do you wanna laugh or cry? I’m doing both! 

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  • Susan J. Reinhardt

    Hi Susan –

    LOL! How do you manage with all the writers in your family?

    Happy Birthday to both your kids.

    Blessings,
    Susan 🙂

  • Jan Cline

    Kids are the best. They make you remember what it was like to be full of life and creativity!
    Blessings to you and them.

  • Rhonda Schrock

    Brotherly (and sisterly) love is a be-u-tee-ful thing. Really.

  • Diane

    I honestly don’t have the words to respond to this…. simply precious!

    As I was finishing reading the last couple sentences, I was laughing and crying at the same time – then I read how this provoked the same emotions from you….

    So good on so many levels….

  • Lolo (Lauren)

    this makes me look like a bad person! i could totally write a sweet poem to him but i didnt think he wanted that haha

  • Donna Bolster

    Yep, I laughed and cried at the same time. And no, Lauren, it doesn't make you look like a bad person at all. I saw humor and creativity and wittiness and true love for your brother. I love you guys, both of you! Happy Birthday, Lauren and AJ. 🙂

  • Jen

    I just read it….AWESOME! You have great children. I pray to the Lord that he guides me through motherhood and gives me the patience need to be a great mommy. Good Job Susan….your a wonderful role model!

  • Maria

    very sweet and touching. you have a great creative family.

  • Cathy O

    ok then 😉 lol your son is really really REALLY crazy (so is Lauren…hahahaha) good stuff – thanks for sharin' … love you, cathyo

  • Tammy

    Oh my goodness!! God has blessed you Susan!! Your obedience to Him many years ago in the shore house has led to a legacy of faithful followers in your children….and I am sure your grandchildren to come. Enjoy the fruit!! I know it has blessed me!

  • quietspirit

    Susan:
    I find it interesting that your children are as talented as you.

  • Jill

    THE BEST!! ….crying in laughter and in joy!!