To All Parents

Jetton Park, NC It’s hard to believe how quickly time passes. My baby is turning into a little girl who understands me, talks to me, and listens to me. My baby is turning into my best friend who I share everything with on a different level. She has taught me that the world is our playground and to see beauty in everyday life. When I look into her eyes and see me looking back, I know that my life will never feel empty. I love her more than all of my greatest accomplishments combined.

To all other parents out there, we are blessed. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite family moment this year?

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81 thoughts on “To All Parents

  1. Cute. Our next door neighbor had a baby girl last June. Cute cute cute. The other day she was looking at me and smiled. I said if the first thing she learns is to smile she is off to a good start.

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  2. One of my best family memories this year was just the other day. After two complete knee replacements over the span on one year, I accompanied my 75 year old mother on a nature walk. It was so amazing to me to see her finally free of arthritic pain and to be mobile. Watching her take pictures and enjoying herself along the way was priceless to me. πŸ™‚

    We are blessed to be parents and we are blessed to have them.

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    • Beautiful! You just brought tears to my eyes. My grandfather had a knee replacement too and it has changed his life. He also had heart surgery this year and he’s like a young man again. I’m over-overwhelmingly joyful every time I speak to him. I have my grandfather back again. It is amazing!

      Enjoy the time with your family. I like you more and more every time we “chat”. Please stay in touch. πŸ™‚

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    • Lesley-a beautiful photo! Last week we took our ‘kids’ out for dinner to celebrate their 29th and 26th birthdays. With their spouses the six of us laughed and shared stories. At one point I sat back and looked at the happy group and said ” When you were little I dreamed of such a moment as this…that as adults you would be happy, healthy …and wanting to hang out with your parents” πŸ™‚ A dream come true πŸ™‚ Keep sharing the adventures Lesley. Love your blog.

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      • Thank you and thank you for what is hopefully a glimpse into my future. I think we all want that – to see our kids happy and healthy πŸ™‚ I bet you’re a wonderful parent. Congratulations!

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        • Thanks Lesley for your kind words. Parenting is the hardest and most rewarding work of my life. Thanks so much for following my blog. I am delighted to have you along on my journey and I look forward to hearing more about yours! πŸ™‚

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  3. I completely agree with you. My daughter is my whole world. She just turned two last month and not only decided to enlighten me with counting to twenty she knows her ABC’s and all the songs on nick jr. haha. It’s such a blessing to watch her learn and grow every day. My favorite family moment is hard to decide. I love every moment. Recently though, I have made amends with my husband and we are working through our problems. Thanks to God, I have found forgiveness and strength and patience I didn’t know I possesed. =)

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  4. You bring back so many wonderful memories for me! My girl was my first child, and I know so well that feeling of falling head over heels in love with your little one. My three are all grown up now, but the love hasn’t dimmed a bit. Enjoy every moment; cherish the little things! She is absolutely beautiful!

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    • I don’t know how it happens. One minute she was a newborn in my arms and then the next minute she was running along the beach saying, “swim in the ocean.” I’m still in shock. πŸ™‚

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  5. Lesley your baby is so adorable! Thank you for sharing pics with us! It’s fun to watch her grow so fast! I feel my age when I see my best friends kids having kids of their own! Have a wonderful day. Hugz Lisa and Bear

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  6. Your baby girl isn’t quite a baby anymore. She’s so DARN cute and growing so fast.
    I only had one child, my daughter, and thought I could never love anymore more. Now my granddaughters have stolen my heart. They are six and almost ten but fill me with wonder and adoration (yes I mean adoration–I can’t help myself) as they develop and grow.

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  7. Been following you for sometime. Just want to say this is a beautiful post, and I wish the three of you a wonderful life together. Your little girl is angelic, but with lots of mischief in her lovely blue eyes πŸ™‚ I often wish my kids could’ve remained two years old forever…

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  8. Lovely post and photo. Our daughter is 24 and having graduated from college (debt free, fortunately!) is in San Francisco (our favorite city) pursuing her dreams and passions. We talk on the phone frequently and get together each summer to sail and fish and eat great food and catch up. Two is a fun age… but it gets better and better!

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  9. Athena is beautiful! And wow, isn’t she growing fast? It doesn’t seem long since I read your blog post announcing her arrival to the world.

    I’m not a parent but my family have had some lovely moments together this year. I nearly lost my mother last year; she was seriously ill and had a liver transplant just before Christmas. This year I have made sure that I count my blessings and enjoy the time I spend with her. After seeing her so thin, ill and weak, it is amazing to see her regain strength.

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    • Thank you! I have no idea where the time went but I’m loving every minute I have with her.

      I had a similar situation with my grandfather and heart surgery. I remind myself daily of how blessed I am to have such wonderful, loving people in my life and I cherish every moment I have with them.

      I hope you have many years of happy memories to come with your mother. Congratulations on maintaining a loving relationship with her. πŸ™‚

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  10. So we have a family bedroom. Bunk beds, a queen. And I often say to my kids “I love you with my whole heart and soul” — especially at night. One night, we laid there in darkness for three full minutes before my 10-yo spoke into the darkness: “Mom? I love you with my whole heart and soul/” I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Thank you for asking me and prompting me to remember. And thank you for sharing Atena with us. she is stunning, joyful, inspirational! x angela

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  11. OMG, you made me cry! They do grow up too fast. I look back on the years when my daughters were growing and I wish I could go back and slow down time. Now I’m experiencing it with my grandkids. The oldest is seventeen and will be graduating high school in the spring. Your Athena is beautiful and every milestone a blessing, so don’t blink or you might miss it.

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  12. One of my recent happy moments was when I got a call from my daughters school telling me she won a coloring contest she entered. My husband and I were so thrilled becuase she worked so hard on it but most of all we couldnt wait to give her the news and see her beautiful face light up with joy. I love being her mom.

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  13. My favorite moment with my family is when we’re present to each other-whether we’re talking, laughing, whatever. I get to go on a girls’ getaway with my oldest daughter in a couple of weeks. Nothing is more worthwhile than being a mom and heartwarming than when your children want to spend time with you. Enjoy the time you have.

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  14. Well said! It’s such an amazing journey, my baby girl is nearly 7 months old and every day she teaches me something new about myself or the world. I have been blogging daily since she was born so that I can capture as many special and precious moments as I can. Please feel free to come and check it out http://an-Ayla-a-day.com
    Give ur girl a kiss for me x

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  15. For me the most interesting thing is to see how my two children, both brought into the world by the same people, can grow and have such different personalities and styles. My son is analytical and deliberate, always thinking before doing. My daughter is a dare devil, full of life, but very intelligent. She is picking up thinks so fast. They are only 3 1/2 and 1 1/2, but still awe me every day. I expect it will continue to happen for a long, long time.

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  16. Gorgeous! I too have four gorgeous girls but I am at such a different stage in life as my eldest has just emigrated – yes indeed, how time goes by so quickly. Children certainly are a treasure and a blessing – that I am reminded of every day!

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  17. You brought tears to my eyes. I have two teenagers and what I have found is that I mourn the stages they are leaving yet celebrate the phase they are entering. It is an amazing adventure and I never knew I could love so deeply!! Have fun with your sweet little one!!!

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  18. Every day! Just now In Amsterdam, a big storm is getting ready outside, my 3 kids are playing in the bath

    Yesterday on our way to Amsterdam our 2 nd daughter 6 years old started saying load country and continent names comparing places languages etc I was amazed and happy our traveling around style was loved by them and that they start learning more and more during every trip, short long far or close by.

    Our philosophy continue traveling as much as we can with kids, and in my blog I try to share with all places we enjoy or give a glimpse of the athmosphere
    You daughter is lovely
    In a sens you show her the example as you also enjoy and play

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  19. Your post reminded me of the song I used to always sing to my son when he was a little boy “I got you babe!”… lyrics seemed so appropriate for the delight you feel – “I got you to walk with me, I got you to talk with me, I got you to hold my hand, I got you to understand!” So wonderful… challenging sometimes, but joyful too! Enjoy every minute!

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