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6 years ago TODAY!

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;)

NEXT…came BIG 2…and Parker LOVED Elmo–SOOOOO…I MADE an ELMO COSTUME and made Richard wear it!(That’s my momma swinging him to see Elmo!)

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…

NEXT came 3 years…which was our year of being a SUPER HERO…

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…

NEXT came 4 Years…our year of being a KNIGHT!Cousin Isabelle (pictured in the first baby pool party) here of course as always! Can you tell my boy loves to role play?!

Next came 5 Years…when we really became all BOY and wanted a REPTILE party…SO NOT mommy’s style…but reptiles it was…

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!

Isabelle, Jack and Parker – He’s never known a day without these two!

April W - August 23, 2010 - 9:20 am

Happy birthday, sweet boy! You have turned into quite the little man, and I’ve seen firsthand how you take such good care of your little brothers and sister. God is doing a great work in you– and through you, for that matter! We know that from Isaac’s story!

Mandy - August 23, 2010 - 9:24 am

Happy Birthday Parker!!! One thing I always say is I am amazed at how fast my life started passing by when I became a momma! Sierra just turned 7! So crazy it seems like just last year she was a baby!

Lara - August 23, 2010 - 9:43 am

That’s so sweet. Happy Birthday to your big guy!

Kim - August 23, 2010 - 10:16 am

Happy Birthday Parker!

natali - August 23, 2010 - 10:50 am

happy bday, Parker!!

jenn - August 23, 2010 - 11:03 am

Happy birthday little man!!! I hope it is a fantastical day with lots of cake, presents, and at least one or two swords!!


Megan - August 23, 2010 - 11:29 am

Those look like some crazy fun birthdays! Happy birthday Parker!!

april - August 23, 2010 - 11:47 am

first off, let me just say that before I even read your comment about you not looking so good in the shot of you holding parker as a baby, I truly thought to myself how nice you looked and how I could see your little girls face in yours and how happy you all looked! i love the pics of parker and happy birthday little guy!

Becca Harley - August 23, 2010 - 12:47 pm

happy happy 6th birthday, Parker!!!

abby - August 23, 2010 - 2:13 pm

what a beautiful little boy, happy birthday to parker!

Elizabeth Olson - August 23, 2010 - 3:06 pm

Wow! So many fun phases for the little man, and SO many life changes in your family since those 6 SHORT years ago!!! Look how much you’ve both grown since then 🙂 Reading this made me cry thinking about just how fast life goes by! Look how many additions you’ve made to your family since then!! What fun!! Happy Birthday to Parker, and Happy Wonderful, Beautiful family to you, Super Mom!

Alison - August 23, 2010 - 3:35 pm

Happy Birthday, Parker!! Hope you have a great day!!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - August 24, 2010 - 10:55 am

Happy Birthday Parker. Hope you had a great one!

Nordstroms - August 24, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Our youngest, Erik (aka, Eddie Joe), was born on 8/16/04….so they are very close in age! Fun thinking back to 6 years ago!