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  1. mamadestroy
    October 19, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    My boys are only 2 and 4, so it is a little bittersweet to imagine them as they evolve into teenagers and then adults. I hope that I will be as proud of them as you are of Logan.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 19, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

      I’m sure you will be. Now to just get through my daughters teen years. LOL

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  2. Rhonda Hopkins
    October 19, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to your son! It’s so good to see your children turn out the way you had hoped and be all that they are capable of. Happy birthday, Logan!

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  3. Patricia Yager Delagrange
    October 19, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Oh…my…goodness, Alica. I have only seen this type of stuff in movies and that’s all fake. Has he ever thought of going in the stunt trade in the movies? I bet it brings in a ton of money! I cannot believe how buffed Logan is and what great shape he’s in. I honestly have never watched a human being do Spiderman stunts like jumping from one wall to another and climbing upward. WOW!
    And that you stood by and watched? Kudos to you for letting him go with his passion.
    Patti

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 19, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

      It is awesome but that’s not Logan- it could be some day- that guy is Damien Walters and he does do stunt work. I think my son would freak if he ever got to meet him. I stood by a watched a lot- or didn’t watch, and he certainly practices moves like those- the smaller ones for right now, but someday he’ll be jumping off of buildings and I’ll be the cliched alcoholic writer LOL!

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  4. Coleen Patrick
    October 19, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    Happy birthday to your son. I know the feeling, my daughter turned 17 two weeks ago (and my son is not far behind!). It’s amazing how they can take our breath away with pride and fear all at once, right?

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 19, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

      It’s crazy- I want to stop him and give him room to grow all at once. My daughter is almost 12- so I have a while before I have to do this again.

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  5. Bill Jones, Jr.
    October 19, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    I think you nailed poignant and funny, darlin’.

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  6. SJ Driscoll
    October 19, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    Letting him grow into himself is the greatest thing you’ve done. Congratulations, Alica, and happy birthday to Logan.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 19, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

      Thank you! I think it’s the best thing I’ve done too. And if I was in good enough shape I would be doing parkour too!

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  7. SJ Driscoll
    October 19, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    BTW, parkour is great! Such audacity, joy and strength! If I were a 14-year-old boy, I’d do it!

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  8. Brandy
    October 19, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    I still think that letting him grow so damn tall was a mistake.

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  9. Myndi Shafer...one stray sock away from insanity.
    October 19, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    17 years! Oh my goodness…It’s so hard to think about my boys reaching that age, but I’m sure it feel like it happened overnight. It sounds like you’ve been a fabulous parent, and will continue to be. Kenya? Oh my gosh, I’m choking up a little just thinking about it. That’s so great…and scary!

    The hubster and I also made the decision for me to stay home with the offspring, and we’re homeschooling, too. It’s such hard work, and there are so many sacrifices, but it’s totally worth it. Especially when you see the kind of fruit you’re seeing in your son.

    *hugs*

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 19, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

      *squishes* Thank you it is totally worth it, and being with them as they grow is worth the sacrifice. Kenya scares me- it’s with a group from school and the teacher does this every year so I now that part is fine, but he’ll be so far away! I’m sure I’ll blog more about it as the time gets closer and I’m freaking out more.

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  10. Shiraz Akhtar
    October 19, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    First of all Happy Birthday to him. It is easily felt that you are an incredible parent. It is very difficult for parents to let their children go and find their own freedom. I can relate to this post remembering the good days I have had with my parents. They are the most wonderful people in the world. Enjoyed reading immensely. Thanks.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 19, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

      Thank you. I’m so glad my post brought up good memories for you 🙂

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  11. Joelle Wilson
    October 19, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    Wonderful post about motherhood. I think it’s great that you allowed your son to be who he chose to be. Thanks for sharing part of your world. And Happy Birthday to Logan!

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  12. elainecharton
    October 19, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    First Happy Birthday to Logan! You are a fantastic mother but you certainly do not look old enough to have a 17yr old son. This is such an awesome tribute. I know he’s a great guy, how could he not be with you as his mom?

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 19, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

      *blushes* Thank you so much Elaine. Hey a firefighter waved at me this morning 🙂 So I’m feeling like I’m looking good today.

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  13. Kristy K. James
    October 19, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    Happy Birthday, Logan!

    It is hard sitting back and letting your kids grow up, isn’t it? My daughter just started dating and I’ve freaked out on more than one occasion (like the night they fell asleep at his parents house and she didn’t wake up to answer her phone).

    Although you know what? I’d rather parent my daughter (and son) than the kid in the video. Gosh, can you imagine being HIS mother? I imagine she’s taking heart and blood pressure meds, along with anti-stress medication! 🙂

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 20, 2011 @ 3:55 am

      Thank you. I can’t imagine when they start dating- Logan hasn’t started yet and Tala is only 11 so she’s not allowed until she’s until she’s 30 LOL! Oh feel asleep and didn’t answer the phone I would be hysterical.
      While I want to encourage Logan I’m not looking forward to him jumping off of buildings.

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  14. Catie Rhodes
    October 19, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Wowza. Self-examination is intense, isn’t it? I don’t have children but I relate to how you feel. I often step back and look at the way I’ve handled things. Sometimes I’m proud; sometimes I am ashamed. I think you did a great job of raising a good young man. 😀

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 20, 2011 @ 3:57 am

      Thank you Catie! Self-examination is always intense. i think the hardest part of being a parent is the constant self-examination, every time your child does something you have to figure out your role both good and bad.

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  15. Lecia Cornwall
    October 20, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    My son just turned twenty, and my daughter is about to turn seventeen. I’m taking advantage of every single opportunity for field trips, volunteering and being part of her life before she graduates in June. I miss the little kid days, but I’ve come to love and admire my kids as adults, too!

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 20, 2011 @ 3:58 am

      Yes- I’m trying to soak in every moment I can- but he’s so busy I’ve got to grab them quickly!

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  16. Louise Behiel
    October 20, 2011 @ 3:33 am

    happy birthday Logan. Looks like you did a good job, Mom. my son turned 40 in June. how on earth did that happen? but he’s a good man, husband and father. and he’s a good son, too.

    i am blessed.

    louise

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 20, 2011 @ 4:00 am

      I can’t even imagine what my kid is going to be like at 40, wow what a wonderful life you have.

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  17. Kilian Metcalf
    October 20, 2011 @ 5:40 am

    Well done, Alica. You deserve all the satisfaction you’ve earned with your hard work and sacrifices.

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  18. Kim
    October 21, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    I can’t believe I missed this! Happy Birthday to Logan! I remember those light pole climbing days and I was one of the moms going “do you see what Logan is doing?!” and you putting up your hand saying “I’m not looking!” 🙂 I remember when I saw you and Logan in TJ’s a couple of months ago I couldn’t get over mature Logan looked. It wasn’t just that he’d grown into a young man, but that he looked so calm and confident and strong. He was a good kid and I’m sure he’s going to be a wonderful man.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 24, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

      Thank you so much- we’ve been through a lot watching Logan at the park. I remember when Hunter, Taran, and Isey decided to climb onto of the play equipment the first time- those were not friendly looks sent my way LOL!

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  19. Jolyse Barnett
    October 21, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    What a heartfelt post, Alica. Enjoy your children. Adult kids can be even more fun. I’ve treasured every stage.

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  20. Angela Wallace
    October 22, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    Beautiful post, Alica. Letting your son be who he is absolutely is one of the best things you could’ve done for him. I feel your pain of having to not watch–some of those stunts are crazy! I saw some guys doing that, jumping off the roof of a one-story building to the ground. Crazy but cool. 😀

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 25, 2011 @ 1:23 am

      If he ever finds time to train in parkour I don;t know what I’ll do! Thanks Angela.

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  21. August McLaughlin
    October 29, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    Hi Alica, I think you *did* write something poignant. Kudos to you for writing even when it didn’t seem to be flowing. 🙂

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 30, 2011 @ 1:27 am

      Thank you so much! I felt the need to write something, I’m so glad it was well received.

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