Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A 1 year Old

So Neena and I have a 1 year old toddler!! Not a new born or even an infant...but a full-blown toddler! I hope you're as blown away as we are because we scratching our heads wondering where our 3 month old went and why he's walking, talking, and getting into EVERYTHING!

I still can't believe that Neena was ever pregnant in the first place. I remember her walking around the corner of our bedroom with a look of shock on her face. We both screamed, jumped up and down and then cried. We were afraid of the journey we were about to take...even the bad days have been great.

They say time flies when you're having fun and I guess that's why this year has been a blur. We've accepted a job, quit a job, moved, said good-bye to friends, brothers and sisters; started a new job, bought a house...turned it into a home, lauged, argued, lauged some more, watched in amazement as this little blob turned into a real person, and prayed...Oh...my word have we prayed for this little guy. It's the best part of my day: putting Brodee down and asking God to watch over him, give him sweet dreams, to whisper in his ear what Brodee should be and to guard him from evil while we rest. We also pray for us to be the mother and father that God saw in us...to be just the parents that Brodee needs in this life.

He is such an incredible boy. I've re-thought and challenged everything since he's entered my life. I love watching him and following him around as he discovers this world. I love it that he points to things with a questioning look on his face...then I explain it to him. I love it that he gets so excited over football on TV, that he dances to any song, that he cries when mommy leaves and claps when we both come home. I don't know what's in store in the coming year and beyond, but as I look back I see God, so I'll trust as we go forward that God is still very much in control.

One thing I learned about God this year is the understanding of God being a jealous God. I always thought that was out of character, for an infinitely loving God to be jealous. There's nothing Brodee could EVER do to diminish my love for him and even though, daily, I let go just a little more I will always run after him...he's my son, a part of me...where he goes, so do I. Brodee is my heart walking around outside of my body. When he chooses things over our relationship or that could damage pieces of it, I'd be jealous...but still so unbelievably in love with him and that's why I'd be jealous. So I try to live in such a way that shows my son that...that our choices do affect relationships.

This past year has been a blast and was as fast as one, too. Below are some of my favorite pictures from this past year, including several from his birthday party.


Blogger Marta said...

he is such a cutie! we were sorry to have to miss his party! looks like it was a blast! Happy birthday Brodee!

October 15, 2008 at 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great tribute to your son and to parenting! You are both incredible parents and are doing such an awesome job raising the best looking grandson in the world.
the old guy

October 15, 2008 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger D.L. White said...

What a sweet summary of the last year! Thanks for posting and keep up the good work! Thanks also for the "year-in-review" pics - that was a fun idea.

October 17, 2008 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth C. said...

Seems like just yesterday we were visiting you at the hospital and getting to hold Brodee for the first time. He's a real cutie! Hope we get to see y'all sometime soon. May God continue to shower your family with His blessings!

October 22, 2008 at 3:10 PM  

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