Thursday, 9 November 2017


I'm finding it a little hard to believe that the card I made for my eldest son has a 17 on it! I have of course made a card for him every year since his 1st birthday, and started blogging about them when he was 8. (One day, when I get round to it, I intend to line them all up and photograph them together.) Back then he was into football, playing chess and, without the risk of embarrassing him too much, "Sock-puppety" the homemade sock puppet. These days his interests are somewhat different!
My son is serious about keeping fit. He will be going into the Israeli army when he is 18 (conscription exists in Israel for all Israeli citizens over the age of 18 who are Jewish, Druze or Circassian; Arab citizens of Israel are not conscripted) and he wants to be ready! He's a busy young man with plenty of things going on in his life that keep him occupied, but when he has the time, he likes to go and train in the local park. Honestly I don't know what he does, but Dad assured me that press-ups are part of his routine, so that's what I have shown him doing on his card.
Of course, his passion for Arsenal Football Club remains. In fact he is rather obsessed about football in general. I added the Arsenal crest  and a traditional black and white football to his card. He is still learning to drive (they sure do have to take a lot of expensive lessons here in Israel!), so I included an Israeli L-plate as well. The plate shares the general design of Israeli information signs in its square form and blue background. On the blue background is a white triangle pointing upwards, with the black Hebrew letter "ל" in it, from the Hebrew למידה‎ - "Learning".
He's good at maths too (I'm going to brag now and tell you that he completed his maths bagrut - Israel's high school matriculation examination - two years early.) These days he is tutoring younger kids who need a little extra help with their maths, so I added a few maths symbols to the card to illustrate that.
Finally, you may be wondering about the tuna. Well, teenage boys eat a lot! He is quite happy to sit down and eat a full evening meal with us, including dessert (he loves his dessert!), but after he has been training, he insists on a can of tuna and more "for energy". We go through a LOT of tuna. The little tuna fish on his birthday card is making a quick escape before my son swallows him up too!


Tamar SB said...

Happy birthday to him!!

ps the linky is open now - now idea why it was set to later!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

You know I now start your new card post by looking at the card first and seeing what clues I can guess. age - 17, soccer player (football to you), and then I read your post. Times flies with children - baby one day, teen the next, and then father.

Cindy D. said...

Happy Birthday to your son. Wow, 17 years old. It seems like the years go by way to fast when they are growing up! That is so sweet that you have been making him cards and you customize them for him.

- Natalie A.

Villrose said...

Congratulations on the 17-year-old!
(I have a 27-years old. Still harder to believe!)

Debbie said...

Hi Lisa, they do grow up fast, but how special that he has a card created by you for every birthday! It must be like cards through the ages. I hope your son had a good birthday!

Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


Jibberjabberuk said...

I love the little details in your cards. The tuna fish is just so funny.

Anonymous said...

You're a mom, so you are supposed to brag about your kids:):) It's a great advantage to be good in Math, because the foundations are used in research, so if he later on wants to further his education, he'll meet again (they should have told me that in high school!) Congrats to your son, many thanks for showing the card to All Seasons, and hope he'll love the army!

NCSue said...

You have a fine looking young man there. Happy birthday to him!
Thank you for sharing at

handmade by amalia said...

Happy Birthday to your handsome son. I like the way you've captured all his interests, you are documenting his life through the cards. Time flies, doesn't it?

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Happy Birthday to your son! Love both cards, the tuna made me laugh.