Our very special son, Chris "Bubba", celebrates his 42nd birthday today. He is our third born son and was born on a sunny day in Orlando, Florida. From his very first appearance into this world, he has been a "special treasure". We called him our little love bug. He had a very shining love for everyone he met. He was fairly quiet when he was younger (he always had two older brothers to talk for him). He loved people and people loved him. He still has a real gift for "never meeting a stranger". Even now, he is soooo good to and with people--always a friend, loyal and true.
Today, he has grown into a fantastic young man, who loves his wife, Jenny and two children, Kayleigh and Jacob. He has always been a hard worker--he has worked since he was a pre-teen. When both Kayleigh and Jacob played sports, baseball, basketball and volleyball, he was always there, a lot of times coaching but always cheering them on. Chris enjoys cooking and grilling-out and often he cooks dinner for his family. He loves to make french toast for breakfast on Saturdays--a real family man!!
He is active in the church and for many years, played the role of Jesus in our Easter musicals. No one could play the role like him. I remember one particular Easter and it was at the part where the nailed him to the cross--I heard the sound of the hammer with those nails going in his hands and feet and the sword piercing his side (symbolically) and I just wept and wept. Then all the lights were out in the church except for the one shining on the cross, Chris' (as Jesus) eyes began to gaze at the people from one side of the church to the other--at one point his eyes were fixed on me--and I almost felt like Mary must have felt, seeing her Son on that cruel cross. That moment actually took my breath away. Such compassion, such love, such mercy, such grace and such humility. That's our Chris.