"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Heeere's JOHNNY!

This is a belated birthday post for my sweet Johnny. He is a big 12 years old and has been a delight from the moment he was born. He is smart, organized, dedicated, and extremely athletic. He is the kind of person that others love to be around and he sets a great example for everyone that knows him.

Johnny is working on level 8 skills in gymnastics. As soon as football season ends, he plans on increasing his gym workouts from 15 to 20 hours a week, that's 3 1/2 hours/day Mon.-Sat. Except he will leave a little early on Tuesday night so that he can go to Scouts. He does his reading in the car as we drive and his homework every morning and still manages to have a clean room and practically perfect grades in school.

Johnny's motto is:
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you are right" Henry Ford

This is a difficult lifestyle and I sometimes have dreams of being "normal". But Johnny has set his goals high and as long as he is willing to work this hard to accomplish those goals we are behind him 100%.

We love you son and all that you stand for. How lucky we are to have you in our lives.


Grammy Staffy said...

My dearest Johnny,
Your mom is right...you have been a joy to us since the moment you were born....Your grampy was speechless when your mommy called and said "Our Johnny is here" Up until then your mommy had kept it a secret that they were naming you John. Grampy has always been so happy and proud to have you as his name sake.

We love you so much dear. We are sad that we missed coming up for your ordination... I hope that we can come to Utah soon and give you great big hugs.

This is a beautiful post Lynell...you are a wonderful mom.

Much love to you all, Grammy/mom

My Goodness said...

Aw, happy birthday to your handsome young man...what a proud mama you are! :)

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Tricia said...

Johnny Boy! I want you to be 1 1/2 again so you'll want to sit in my lap and have me tickle your arms and back! Sniff, sniff!

I can't believe you have the priesthood and are passing sacrament, where does the time go??

We love you SOOOO much! Thanks for letting Amanda get baptized on your birthday, it's a great day for celebrations!!


Kelsi said...

What an awesome kid and future STAR! He is not only talented but also so handsom! Happy Birthday to him!

Marla said...

Johnny is one special kid, that is for sure. He had my heart from my first meeting him when he was 2 1/2 and he's had it since! Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your Johnny! A great age for what I see is one amazing kid (as he has one amazing mom!)!!

Chris said...

Happy Birthday Johnny!

Marie said...

Happy Birthday Johnny. You have such a lovely family Lynell. It's very clear that you and your husband have done a wonderful job with your children, as they all are special people. You are so blessed. I thank you for sharing some of your blessings with us. (((hugs)))

Jill said...

Johnny is 12!!! WOW!!! I am really looking forward to watching him in the Olympics one day. Love the photo of him with the Jazz girls. Cute!!

Cecily R said...

Happy birthday Johnny!!

He sounds like such a great kid, Lynell!!

Susan said...

We are looking forward to cheering for him someday as we watch him on the tube! You go Johnny. We think you are awesome!

allredclan said...

Susan stole my comment!!! I was totally going to say that we look forward to watching him in the Olympics one day! Or at least competing for his University. It's fun to see him and Lonica on their bikes at the school.

Erin said...

Happy Birthday Johnny Boy!

What a great kid! I'm so glad we could be up there for his special Priesthood day! What a tender spirit we felt!

Love you guys!

Susan said...

We just LOVE johnny. It was so fun for Alex to take shots of him the other day. His face in the favorite one is beyond words . . just so "johnny"

We love having him, and ALL of your family, as our good friends!