Sattling it up at Texas Road House
Breakfast in Bed
Friends forever Brothers for Life. Hookem”
Happy Birthday.I hope you have a great day. I am so excited to see what you accomplish in the next year in both school and athletics. Can’t wait to beat you in everything we compete against each other before we are back together. I expect a lot from you..as you me…surround yourself with good people that have your back. I am very lucky to have you and your family in my life. Be positive and attack everything like i am yelling at you…HAHA..Let me know if you ever need anything. Love ya. Coach Hath
Happy Birthday Dude! Love ya….coach Nokes
Happy birthday day have a good one dude 🎉🎊🎈-Kody
Hey Colton it’s brakin happy birthday brotha!!!
Colton Bret & I hope you have a great Birthday. We will always remember all the good times in the truck & on the field. Hoping you are doing well. We Love You! Your team missed you last night. We won 8-0. Hopefully we will see you soon.
This is from Ben Lisk. Happy birthday Colton! You are a great baseball player and can do big things if you work hard! Love you dude!
Hey Colt hope you’re doing good buddy. Happy birthday. Miss you all the time and all the good times we had. You’re a party animal ad make it fun whenever we hang out. you are a ladie killer and the most athletic kid I know. Can’t wait for LP with you dude! Happy Birthday Buddy love ya.. Samuel
Mountain Ridge 2015 Basketball ChampionsHappy b day and I love him and keep being a great kid..Kaden Clemens
Happy Birthday Colton..Keep being a great kid. Kaden Clemens
Happy birthday bro I love you so much such a great athlete love being on your team for everything have a good one..Tom Bateman
Hey Colton Hope Everything is going well wish I could hang with U today but HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ik It hasn’t been the summer u planned but we will still have a bomb summer.. Dawson
Happy Birthday Colton!! Keep working hard towards the path you want for yourself.. Matt Bezzant
Happy Birthday Colton. it was great seeing you this weekend. I also enjoyed having at least one other player in volleyball that knew what he was doing. You should thank Ian. I would have harrassed you more if he wasn’t with us this past weekend, but he’s such an easy target. i hope you have a great day and I wish you the best for this coming year. Greg Williams
Colton Easton!!! I seriously can’t believe you’re 16! It feels like just yesterday we were in 6th grade at the park and I was kicking your butt in water fights haha😜 (oh yeah and then just last week at youth conference, I seem to recall kicking your butt again- some things never change lol😂)
I just want to thank you for always being such a good friend to me. Im always having fun & laughing when I’m with you. I hope your 16th is one to remember & that your day is as special as you are! Happy happy birthday Colton. -Tay
Colton…..Today is your birthday and we had cake, ice cream and candy. The only thing we didn,t have here was you. Make the best you can with the next few years as these are the formative years for your character, your spirit , and the preparation for school, mission friends work and all other things you will be involved inl I think you are great, I love you and want you to succeed. Learn obedience, confidence, loyalty and to love and work with your parents, brothers and sisters and the church leaders. The fish are biting. Grandpa Schlappi. Have a happy birthday. Love Grandpa Schlappi
Happy Birthday Colton……July 21, 2015….I love you so much and know you are hurting and frustrated about a few things right now. Remember, there are so many that care and want to hurry and fix very thing; but, it just can’t happen that way. I took a few wrong choices and a little time to get into this situation and now to correct and undo some wrongs its going to take patience, time, determination, and then let the system work its plan. I have some experience in this area as I’ve had my own challenges and many others do as well. It’s the same for the Savior. Others have testified that he experienced “all” and has been lower that “all”, has suffered and understands. Because of my experience I somewhat know of being patient, accepting love, forgiveness, and trusting in the Savior and His atonement. I finally acknowleged things were not right and would not live in our marriage any more. I don’t know how much you know and how much you do not know, but it really doesn’t matter, the important thing as in your situation, was “Truth” and “Honesty”. Once I made that decision my course was made. It wasn’t easy all the time, but I knew with the Lord’s help I could follow this plan.
My other great strength and necessity was my family. I needed my family and their love. I trusted my family and I knew they loved me and cared for me. I listened to them and then, of course, I had to make my own decision and move forward. There were times I felt very alone, but the Lord continued to bless me and strengthen me. He heard and answered my prayers, I felt His love. I realized their were so many good people around me, blessing my life and guiding me and giving me strength to do hard things.
Mediate and spend much time pondering upon these things, continuing to recognize the many good people around you. You are smart and will recognize their strengths. Be grateful Colton!!!!Right now things look pretty hard and difficult. But, I promise you if you will count your blessing and take one day- at- a- time you can do it!!!! That is the secret…one-day-at-a time!
You have a wonderful wonderful Mom and Dad…Have you recognized their love and support? I am amazed as your grandma how many good people spend hours of caring and efforts for your welfare. This is their choice and they choose to be their for you. Heavenly Father has given us families here on Earth. Remember the primary songs you learned in primary..”I have a family here on Earth, they are do good to me, I want to be with my own family throughout all eternity. I think you know how much you are needed and loved in your own family. Ridge, Makale, Danny, Gage, Jaggard, and all your cousins etc. love you. Remember, draw upon all the good and precious memories you have shared with your family. When we are home, like many of us, we not appreciate each other, but when we are separated its the little things that used to bug us that we miss. Colton, in all humility I strongly suggest you let your Mom and Dad know how much you appreciate and love them as they are giving their best to help and support you at this difficult time. Sorry, we didn’t see you on your actual birthday as I fixed a big bunch of balloons for birthday wishes. You would have loved Corrie’s singing concert, she was amazing. I am so happy and proud to be called your “Grandma Schlappi”. May you always let me share your life with you and we can count our many blessings together! Happy, Happy Birthday…….Grandma Pat
Happy Birthday Colton. We love you Colton and hope you have a wonderful birthday. 🎉📦 Fowlers..
NOTE FROM MOM
Sometimes life doesn’t seem fair. Do you know why? Because it isn’t.But here’s a little something I’ve learned in my 42 years on this earth… life always gives you exactly what you need in order to learn the next lesson.
That’s what it’s all about here — stretching, growing, becoming who we are meant to be. Some learn more quickly than others. Some need many teachers and extra review tests. Some get it on the first try, but not many. We grow most from our challenges and roadblocks. Embrace them. Lean in.
I understand there are things in this life that you want, things that can only be purchased with money we may or may not have at the moment. I know you see other kids doing things you’d like to do — traveling extensively, attending expensive sports camps, buying top-of-the-line sports equipment. I know what it feels like to want what others have. Believe me, I get it. From the top of my head to the tips of my toes, I understand. I’ve lived it. I grew up surrounded by many who had “more” than I did, who had the privilege of seeing places I would only experience through my beloved books, to purchase things that were not even long-shot considerations in our very limited household budget.
Wanting more than you have is a tough gig. It always leaves you feeling unfulfilled, gypped, less than.
But you are none of those things. You’re vibrant, smart, witty, handsome, larger-than-life, full of untapped potential.
It’s all in how you choose to share that stunning smile you own.
This life is not about keeping score. It’s not about he-got-to-go-to-camp-but-I-didn’t or he-got-a-phone-when-he-was-eleven-and-I-had-to-wait-till-I-was-fourteen. Keeping score that way is exhausting and fruitless. You see, my boy, life changes, circumstances evolve, nothing stays the same. What happened to you when you were fourteen is not what will happen to your brother when he’s fourteen.
You are not him. He is not you. You are both uniquely blessed individuals traversing your own paths to happiness and success. Separately, but side-by-side.
Do you see that path? The one with the light and the promise and the possibility? Take that one.
Take the one in which your vision allows you to see what you do have instead of what you wished you had. Leave that other path unexplored. Don’t give it one more second of your precious time or energy. Don’t look over your shoulder with a wistful glance. Forge on, son. Forward motion.
Sure, you’re going to trip and fall occasionally. You’ll skin your knees and twist your ankles and stub your toes. Perhaps your internal compass will malfunction and you’ll lose your way. Get back up, get on the path, dust yourself off, and go. You’ve got places to be, things to do, lives to touch, miracles to make.
If you really want something that only money can buy, go get a job and pay for it. You have a car. You have the means. You have a million opportunities that so many others don’t. Think about that reality for a second. You can work. You have a strong, healthy body and a fully-functioning brain. Go work. Everything feels better, tastes better, works better, fits better when you’ve earned it with your own two capable hands.
And when you’re done with your after-school shift, go volunteer in a soup kitchen. Pour some sustenance into the bowl of another man, one whose life circumstances have not been as kind and forgiving as yours. Offer an apple to a child with dirty fingernails and unwashed clothes. Tuck a $20 bill — one you just earned — into the hand of a Mama whose clingy brood is crying and hungry and tired and in need of a small kindness.
Then look at your life again.
I promise you’ll see things differently. Everything will be brighter, better, full of options that you hadn’t noticed before.
We’re not millionaires. We might never be. Or we might. Life is funny that way. Money, however, won’t change who we are or how we choose to live. Things don’t change us. Not if we’re running at full tilt and without regret. Things never really matter in the long run, anyway. They wear out, get broken, need to be replaced and repainted. But love? Accomplishment? Bravery? Fortitude? That’s what matters, that’s what sustains.
This family is blessed beyond comprehension. We know warmth in the winter and cool air in the heavy heat.(JUST KIDDING) We’ve dug our toes into sandy beaches(we need more of this) and hiked through mountains. We sing and dance in the kitchen before we eat the food that more than adequately fills our bellies. We have tried and true friends who offer us their pillows and their hearts and their unconditional support. And laughter. Oh, laughter. We love each other in this little circle of goodness. That doesn’t mean we always like each other, but there is love, always. More love than you can even begin to wrap your overachieving 16-year-old brain around.
Life is tough. Life is unfair. Some will have what you want. Others will get what you think you deserve.
Life is also beautiful and fruitful and unlimited. Look at that life, see those possibilities. Live there. Grow and flourish in that space.
The choice, always, is up to you. Choose wisely, my brave, kind, brilliant, unstoppable son.
Choose half-full, where there is always room for more.
I love you with all my heart because all of my heart expands for those who want in. You don’t get a quarter or a half or a third. You get it all. So does your dad. So do your brothers. So does your sister. Love is funny that way. It multiplies exponentially.
Just like the blessings you choose to embrace.