|May 16, 2004. 10:17 am. An angel arrived. |
8 lb. 10 oz. 21"
Opie is a gift from God.
He is my obedient, tender-hearted child.
He wishes so badly to please others and to excel at all he does.
He is thoughtful, considerate and kind.
He is a dreamer and I love that about him.
More than anything, he is full of life. His laughter and ability to make others laugh is one of his many gifts.
He is special. I mean, special.
I think I take him for granted sometimes, since he is such an easy-going kid.
He has a bright future ahead of him.
Bright like his hair.
The hair that I still hold the first cut locks of.
This boy has been a joy to raise.
A sheer joy.
|Age 3: Greenville, SC. At the park by the zoo. He loved that playground.|
|Age 3: Visiting cousins in Atlanta, GA.|
I wish I could have made time stand still in this moment. He was giggling on the trampoline.
I remember not being able to take my eyes off of him.
|Age 3: Greenville, SC. Near Reedy River Falls. A day of perfection. Look at that innocence and joy on his face. Oh, to be a child again.|
|Age 4: Birmingham, AL. Our apartment at the Summit. I heard, "Mom! Come look!" And this is what I rounded the corner to. I grabbed my camera and laughed hysterically. What a silly boy!|
|Age 4. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. He was a ham for the camera. I remember feeling such a sense of fulfillment to see my first born growing into such a good, funny boy. |
I was enthralled by this guy. Still am.
|Age 4. Visiting friends at Margeo land. He got to shoot his Daddy's B.B. gun and go four-wheeling and camping in a cabin. He still loves this kind of stuff. ALL boy.|
|Fifth Birthday at Crossbridge Church. He had a dinosaur decorated party in the gym with a bouncy house. It was the easiest and best party he'd had so far.|
|Age 5. Gardendale, AL. Our little Alabama home. And our first snow there. It was fantastic.|
|Age 6. Finally got the little brother he'd prayed for. |
And what an amazing big brother he has been ever since.
|Age 6. New Jersey. Celebrating his favorite holiday at the time: St. Patrick''s Day. However, after finding out that leprechauns weren't real, he was devastated and the holiday has never been the same.|
|Turning 8 last year in Jersey. His Miami Heat basketball party. His favorite party of all time.|
|Age 8. Christmas 2012. Made this gingerbread house with Mommy. Love those moments with him.|
|Age 8. NYC March 2013. Visited the Intrepid while Maw-Maw was in town. He loved the planes, but he does NOT love NYC. :)|
Remember to be patient with yourself, as you have your whole life ahead of you to become the man I know you will become. Laugh more. Worry less. And never forget that God created you for a specific purpose. A purpose that you are fulfilling every day.
I love you more than life.
I love you more than life.