S: Celebrated Since August 1, 1985
BC: Mothers | hold their child's hand for a moment and their hearts for a | Lifetime!
FC: Through his mothers eyes! | Matthew Hanson 2012
1: August 1 at 5:40 am...my baby boy was born, Matthew Lee Hanson. Our second son.... Such joy you bring to our lives! | So much love we have for you...
2: You captured our hearts and became a new friend to your big brother. How you look like your daddy!
3: Fun ...was imagination and some cardboard, for hours! | ... or, give you a hat & you transformed into character
4: Mommy.. say cheese! Matt.... look at mommy and smile! No, I wanna to take the picture... | Your big brother Travis always looked after you and enjoyed showing how to do things & make stuff.. My 2 superstars!
5: Christmas was always fun! I love to sit back and watch you open your gifts with such intensity | It didn't matter what age you were, Christmas was special.
6: Happy 1st birthday! CupCakes were perfect for your day! | Making creepy crawlers and playing games with daddy.. I remember!
7: I wish I knew where time has gone... I wish I could turn back the hands of time | Your smile.. your laughter and always.... asking me you read you another story!
8: Your dad had such fun with you and your brother... How he loves you boys! | Always showing you how to make things and telling you how things work... and always taking pictures.
9: You were always up for a challenge, a good hike and looking for rocks, plants.. waiting for a big discovery. | You are growing up before my eyes.. eager for adventures and....
10: And then, you found hookah! trying just about anything... I guess it was that sense of curiosity again.
11: Testing muscles & busting wood for the first time. | Dinner was great! Cooking on the BBQ, fire pit you just made for me. Thank you for your hard work and a job well done!
12: Matt and the big D! Driving.... he is driving!!!!. You have become such a fine man Matthew. Watch your speed!!
13: Got the beer and heading to the lake for tubing and a swim! | or local fishing with your bro... Got one!
14: As I write this book, every picture floods my mind, brings happy tears and brings me back to that very memory, that very day! | You are all grown up... from my baby to a man to creating your life!
15: Handsome, kind, generous and unique! You have had your struggles and with faith, and hope.. you walked through each one to emerge a better & stronger man with integrity and character.
16: Don't ever forget your very first friend, your brother, your teacher of play and early days of learning. Don't let the days pass by, keep him close.
17: Work hard, be honest and genuine. When you have a little extra... be giving to someone in need. I know some days are tough.. remember son, you have options, look at all your possibilities. | ... and remember the talks we shared.. do the walk, learn the lessons and step into your future with grace.
18: Nine years of your life I have missed and it breaks my heart. I wish I could have a do-over... and all I can say is, I am sorry for not being there for you. But I am so proud of you Matt, who you are.. your life & your successes! Remember the good things in your life, that you are here for a reason and you will know peace within. No matter where I am, I will always have your back, I am always with you!
19: Today August 1, is your day. A day I hold close to my heart... a celebration of your arrival into our lives! I have been away, but I have watched you grow and through our talks and tears to become the man you are today. Though you may not feel it, I hug you every day and embrace your life with my heart! Happy Birthday Matt! 2012 | A Whistler, a singer, a musician.. a man of many talents.
20: You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice. | Sometimes your existence gives hope to one person, your smile can brighten someone's day, Your presence can be a blessing to others, so value yourself! | Nothing is more beautiful than a real smile that has struggled through tears | I fall, I rise, I make mistakes, I live, I learn, I've been hurt but.. I'm alive, I'm human, I'm not perfect... but I'm Thankful! | When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and cannot find your way out of the darkness... remember that this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings! | People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel. | * Life unfolds perfectly..... if we let it *