Parker was BORN! And I became a mom for the very FIRST time!!! Now, I am not so cute in this picture–but everything has a cost…and this one was WORTH every bit! I’ll never forget this moment…(bear with me as I have a moment down memory lane!)I remember wondering how I would feel…or what my first words would be to my son—and it’s one of those things you can’t plan. I remember my cousin Pam telling me if you could bottle up the emotions you feel in that moment and you could sell it–you’d be a millionaire. She was right. I can’t describe it. I will never forget the words I said though. My voice was QUIVERING—and I looked at him…and with a BIG LUMP in my throat, I said, “Hey Parker.” And that’s all I could muster up to say. Then I said, “It’s mommy.” And then I lost it. I still remember that—tears come as I remember. Oh sweet boy–how I love you!
that year was full of 6 months of colic…finding out when he was FIVE months old we were pregnant with Laney…and lots of sweet firsts for BOTH of us and fun! NEXT…came his BIG 1 year…(Can you believe cousin “Ellie”/Isabelle and how little P is here?!) He had a baby pool party!!!
And Aunt April is about to have Emma here in just a FEW days!!!! And of course Auntie Jett..these were the days the Dentons thought we were a phenommenon because we had kids! They weren’t parents YET…but they were expecting Jack in February and they were so supportive of us AND they were there for every moment, milestone and event…oh HOW they loved Parker!(Sorry April for that picture…but I had to post it;)
And of course more life-long friends who have been there since the beginning…(my how Luke has grown!)
And then there are momma’s two college roomies and Aunt Reid…(and did you know momma met Miss Kelly in the SEVENTH grade?! You are Luke are bound to be buds for life too!)
Regan has been there for us for EVERY SINGLE party!!! FROM day 1…Elmo started a trend in Parker’s life of THEMES…quickly after this birthday he got in COWBOY MODE (had to share this picture!)Riding Rico Bull was a nightly activity at our house…
He had a 3 year old Super Hero party at Monkey Joes…Of course ReRe and Lou-bear were there to celebrate…THIS was the year he started being particular about details;). HE wanted a HERO party with a LAWN MOWER cake! He asked for a RED TORO lawn mower cake (just like his daddy’s….FUNNY KID!) And isn’t his Nana (my momma) just beautiful?!And of course he wanted to EAT the lawn mower!He was a super hero this year ALL YEAR LONG…so Laney Loo followed close behind…AND a few days later they started preschool together! (Of course now Jack was just “one of us” and vice versa we were one of the Dentons:) They have done almost every new phase of life together…
AND TODAY…Parker…YOU ARE SIX! Happy Birthday my sweet, sweet boy!!!
Isn’t it funny how FAST time flies by?! One thing I realized as I looked through lots of pictures this morning was the different phases of life and friendships the Lord brings in our lives. There were some kids in pictures that I didn’t remember their names! Then there were the constant family and friends who might as well be family who are forever and constant…who you KNOW will be there at graduation day, weddings and traveling to see each other’s grandchildren one day. Isn’t it funny how some friendships seem to be for seasons and others are life-long. Both are sweet–both have purpose–but some are for seasons…and some just seem eternal and they withstand the test of time. How thankful I am for both of those in my son’s life and our family’s life. Today we celebrate 6 wonderful years. Thank you for those of you who have loved my Parker—some since the day he entered the world and others were brought in for a sweet time or just a simple preschool year. I am realizing today how dear both are, but how thankful I am for the long-standing friendships in both family and friends who know you front and back…who are committed and love you during the hard times and good times…who have been there for the long haul–and aren’t going any where…no matter what. It does take a village to raise our children and how thankful I am for the people the Lord has brought alongside us! Here’s to another sweet year of our baby’s life! We love you Parker Young!