Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R. Swindoll
Today, February 27, 2017, I must share musings with you from this mother’s heart as our son, our second-born, celebrates his 25th birthday over 550 miles away, where he lives with his bride, Jessica, in St. Louis, MO.
That’s a lot closer than heaven, though, as I easily recall two precious ones, my sis, Laura Lea, and my dear friend, Kelly whose sons have passed in the last decade of life.
Memory...is the diary that we all carry about with us. Oscar Wilde
Life Is Precious…no doubt about it and that is why we call today: “The Present”.
Donald Walker Page made his début early on a Thursday. Thankfully, we had made plans with our long-time friends, The Pinto Family, to take care of Leah, our three-year-old, no matter what time the contractions started. Sleepily meeting us at their front door, Ron and Brenda took our girl in the middle of the night for an impromptu sleepover with Leah’s best buddy, Amanda. Within less than three hours, our son arrived. Like my delivery with Leah, my sister, Mary Ann was by my side, coaching me the entire way. Though a full-term baby, Walker weighed in at 6 pounds and 6 ounces. The lactation nurse asked me if I had smoked during my pregnancy. I abruptly told her, “NO!” It was determined that the umbilical cord was partially tied around his tiny neck during the final days of gestation, and this may have contributed to his lack of nutrition near the end. No matter how you look at it, every newborn is a miracle!
As famous author, Carl Sandburg often quoted, “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” I agree, both then and now, twenty-five years after the birth of our second and final child.
It is honestly hard to believe that 25 years have passed since that Thursday morning when we became parents to two.
Young Moms, when we tell you “Don’t Blink!!”, we really mean it.
You truly do have the most important job in the whole wide world, and though it is seriously exhausting, keep on keeping’ on!
Here are 25 memories from this Mama’s heart:
1-a tiny son in a hand-made cradle
2-a big sis, Leah, age 3.5 holding her new brother, wanting to pass him back, quick for fear of breaking him
3-Walker riding in his big sister’s baby doll umbrella stroller
4-messy high chair trays and a messy floor below
5-sleepless nights and lullabies, like “Love Me Tender” and “Sleep Sound In Jesus”
6-my favorite guy with his brand new son
7-beach fun, snow angels, and lake time
8-date time with his favorite girl, starting on Jessica’s 16th birthday, April 27, 2001
9-a handsome high-schooler on the tennis court
10-eternal love of grandparents
11-puppy love with Gracie, our yellow lab
12-college campus visits to Clemson, Samford, Baylor, UGa, and finally picking Wheaton College to spend the next 4 years
13-pictures plastered on the side of the frig for another birthday celebration
14-proud kindergartener, gaining independence, day-by-day
15-Sunday morning Danish sweet rolls before church
16-prom dates, homecoming floats, projects, and field trips
17-vacations with the “core four” before two 2014 weddings
18-a disappointed 3rd grade camper leaving camp early with a painful, broken collarbone
19-inviting Gracie, our yellow lab, to join him in his senior photo shoot
20-being pen pals with Walker while he was in college
21-weekly Facetimes with Jess and Walker as they both continue their education in Missouri
22-loving notes on Mother’s Day and at Christmas
23-the phrase our son always includes in his prayer at mealtime: “Help us to love You more.”
24-the best friend relationship that has evolved between brother and sister
25-unconditional love Walker exhibits to his friends and family
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