Thursday, April 2, 2009

MEET PARKER


Parker and his baby brother.
Can you feel the love?


Parker and his "Cuz" Austin



Parker fishing..one of my favorite pictures



Parker at Disney

PARKER
Along came a boy...not just any boy, but a little boy that would totally rock our world. You will have to read the post about "My Girl" to first meet Parker. From that May day in 1999 until today, when we are a month away from him being 10, everyday has been special. Parker and his Mom lived with us the first six years of his life. He has always been his Pop's best little buddy and "the best thing that ever happened to me"! That is something I tell him everyday of his life.

We have had the great privilege to be able to travel with him....We call them Grandparent trips...We have taken him to Disneyland, Disney World seven times, spent a week in New York City with him, have even done a week in Las Vegas with the our little man. We have traveled to Sante Fe, Gatlinburg, and many other places. ...Grandparents will travel!
And they will buy you anything you "just look at" and act like you want! The best part of Parker's story is, somehow we have still have a sensitive, caring, non bratty, appreciative, super FUN little boy.



Parker has had the opportunity to travel with his Pop on many
athletic trips. He has met some great athletes, college and professional football players, even got to spend some private time with Shaq a few years ago. We are firm believers that travel is the best education! But he is also an excellent student, so we do not have to worry about him missing school.
He is a master at video games, Wii, and somehow has accumulated all of the different gaming systems. Wonder how? This is a blessed and loved little guy. He is the Best Big brother to Jack and Austin (his Cuz) is his very best friend. They have cousins camp often.

I never dreamed on the day Amanda told us she was pregnant, that one little baby would change our world in such a big way. I could write a book on our 10 year adventure, but will save some details for other posts. So meet Parker, ONE AWESOME BOY!



REMEMBER TO LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS....all comments from the month of April will go in the April "Card Box" drawing at the end of the month.

107 comments:

wife.mom.nurse said...

What a sweet boy and such a blessing to you ")

wife.mom.nurse said...

I want to add that your story about Parkers beginnings brought tears to my eyes.

The unconditional love that you showed your precious daughter was touching.

You inspire me.

Tracy said...

What a special young man he is and what a wonderful relationship you have with him. After reading about your son and daughter, it was great to get to know more about Parker, too!

Blessings,
Tracy = )

Love Being a Nonny said...

We don't get to always choose the circumstances in our lives, but we CAN choose how we react to them....and you have chosen well! I can tell how easy it is for both of you to love Parker. Isn't it a blessing how our Lord works?! He is precious....not that you didn't already know that! My parents did the trip thing with my three too(and all the other grands). They took the boy cousins one summer, the girls the next and then repeated every summer. The last trip was all together and they took a Disney Cruise. My adult children are so very close to their grandparents as adults!!! You are indeed making memories. I want to make them with mine too! Thanks for sharing.

One Mom said...

We have 8 grandkids and each one is special, but I have to admit that the first one (who came along unexpectedly but was still surrounded by love) was the sweetest gift of all and holds a special place in our hearts.

There is nothing quite like the bond between a grandparent and grandchild!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

You sound like such involved, incredible grandparents. Parker will look back in the years to come and appreciate this time with you guys. I enjoyed getting to know your family a little better!

Xandra

Kathryn said...

Thank you for sharing this story.

How wonderful that your family is so close.

Christina said...

Awww... He's so cute and has such a nice smile! Kids are awesome!

Amydeanne said...

this made me smile!

Bacardi Mama said...

Such beautiful blessings you have in your life.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

The foundation and love that has been laid for Parker will come back to you in many, many ways. He seems to be a wonderful boy who has been raised in the best way possible...filled with love!

Different Dog said...

Hey Teresa, don't know if you got my message, but you won the decoupaged egg basket and I need your info! I can mail it out tomorrow in time for Easter!
Congratulations!

Sarah @ Different Dog

kimmcl said...

Teresa, you and your hubby sound like the most wonderful grandparents. Amanda is so fortunate to have you for parents. Your grandsons are gorgeous young men! My parents have 5 granddaughters and they just love traveling with them. We are lucky to all live near eachother so they all get to see one another often. I just love your blog Teresa. SO glad to have "met" you! Kim

Beverlydru said...

You get me even MORE excited about my upcoming role as grammy. I too beleive that travel is a GREAT education. What fun. Love oozes from your descriptions of your family.

The Pifer's said...

Found your blog through another---this put a big smile on my face :) :) :)

Stafford Moments said...

That is wonderful you have such a great connection with Parker... lucky boy! Thanks for the kind comments...

valerie said...

That's great that you all have such a great relationship with your little grandson. How neat that you all get to travel together. He will never forget these special trips.
It's so nice to hear that he's so appreciative and not bratty. :)
It's also nice getting to know you and your family.

KMfamily ;-) said...

my goodness..I can feel the love from my computer screen!
When I read this I think about my kids & my parents. You sound SO much like them.
There is something special between Grandkids & their Grandparents & it is just wonderful as a parent to watch.
Bless your heart!!!

oh, & enter my into your box giveaway!! yippie!!!;)

lisasmith said...

That fishing picture is one of my favorites too and he's not my boy!!! What a sweetie. Your family is so blessed to have your love.

Hill upon Hill said...

Please don't enter me in to the giveaway. I just wanted to say that Parker is such a blessed child to have so much love. No greater gift. I love hearing about your joy in your family. That is so great.

justabeachkat said...

Hi Teresa

I'm so glad you visited me this morning. Life has been crazy lately so I haven't stopped by in awhile and your visit gently nudged me here. I'm so glad. I loved reading about Parker and then, of course, I had to go read about Amanda. Two wonderful and touching posts! I've added you to my sidebar so I'll know now when you added a post.

Yes, please enter me in your drawing!

Hugs sweet friend!
Kat

Jane said...

I love this post! We became grandparents for the first time last September. I never knew how 'grand' it was going to be!! She is the light of our lives. Since we raised two boys, having a grand daughter is especially wonderful.
I found your blog through Susan at "Learning for Lifetime". I will be back. Hope you will visit me too!

HappyascanB said...

What a great little guy you have! I had incredible grandparents who took me traveling when I was younger, and I promise you he will cherish all these special times for the rest of his life! I know I do! Such special relationships we have with our Grands!!!

Rita T. said...

Love that Donald bush, but the kids are cuter yet.

Susan said...

What a beautiful grandson you have! Your story was touching.

Susan said...

I blogged about your giveaway! Thankyou for the 10 extra chances!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Susan,

Thanks so much. what is your website?

Teresa

warmfuzzies said...

What a great blog!! I saw you on the UBP!! Please check out my blogs. I have a contest going on in one of them for April. :)

calista said...

Love the picts!! I really like the one of him with Donald...one of my fave characters. We are trying to find an enexpensive way to take our little ones to Disney this year, wish us luck!

TRUTHSHARER said...

Teresa:
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I just had my first giveaway last month on my blog. I love those giveaways so count me in. Your grandson is precious. I have 6 grandson's and another one coming in 2 weeks - plus my one lone granddaughter, Tessa Hope!

Thanks for sharing. Count me in for the drawing...

Looking UPward and Choosing JOY,
Stephanie
[In Flight]

Momma Morgan said...

Thanks for reading my blog! I am enjoying reading yours and meeting your family!

Tiffany said...

Hey Teresa! It's great to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving your sweet comment. I love meeting new bloggy friends. How did you come across me, if I may ask? -I missed out on the blog party, but it sounds like it was great fun. I look forward to reading more about your sweet family, and getting to know you a bit better. ~Blessings on your day!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Happy birthday to Parker. My sons feel much the same way about their "paps" and "granny". Lots of trips over the years. Remembrances to last a lifetime.

peace~elaine

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

What a cutie!

Mom2Valerie said...

So sweet! I can't wait to read the rest of your blog and meet more of your sweet family!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Misty Rice-Baniewicz said...

Just stopping by to say hello. Adorable blog by the way. I mean your blog is cute and all too, but those precious little faces make it all the better. LOL

Ill post winners tomorrow for my giveaways.


Have a blessed day.

K Storm said...

He is adorable and I know that he is such a blessing to you!

The Pifer's said...

Thank you for your sweet comment, it made my day :)

Natalie said...

What a wonderful testimony you have shared! We are blessed with two grandchildren and another due in June. What a blessing they have been. They just expand the love in our hearts, don't they?!

Following Him said...

What a wonderful post! Parker must be one special grandson :)
~Elyse~

Kyle and Crystal said...

I can feel the love you have for your family! :) The little nen are so handsome :)

Prpldy said...

You and Parker are so lucky to have each other. The relationship between a Grandmother and her Grandson is so very special. I know, I have the same relationship with my oldest Grandson who is now 14 yrs old. I am so happy for you.

BrendaLea

Mom of 3 and bride-to-be! said...

I could hear my mother as I read your words.
I have blessed my mother, with 3 boys also. Though her and I were never close, seeing her with my son's warms my heart. I'm glad they are getting what I missed out on. Their happiness is all that matters to me, and my mother is an AWESOME Nana to my boys :)

Thank you for sharing that beautiful story :)

Chantal

mbduke said...

Parker sounds like a great kid. Grandparents are the greatest treasure to a child because they don't have to raise him, just love him.

sarah in the woods said...

Such nice pictures, especially like the first one.

grammy said...

Nice to meet Parker and hear his story. I came over from One Moms blog. I will be back (o:

Lisha said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for sharing your family with us.

Anonymous said...

You are doing great, I have been blogging for much longer and I am going good to get 2 comments. How did you do it?
I would also like to know how I can
join the give away. Is it collective or do you do it yourself? and if I do it how would I get people to know about it.

June
Junewren@aol.com

Lois Lane II said...

Hi, Teresa, nice to meet you! =D Parker sounds like one very special boy -- and a lucky one to have such a great fam, too!

Tanya said...

What a sweet boy and he is blessed to have you in his life!

ROSIDAH said...

Hi Teresa, Parker is a lovely boy :)! You have an amazing blog here. There is so much love shown in your posts. I love it. Thank you for the kind words on my blog. Have a great week :)

septembermom said...

What a wonderful young man! That is a loving tribute to him. Thank you for dropping by my blog today. You have a lovely blog here. I will visit again soon :) Nice pictures of Parker too! Handsome.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Teresa, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am enjoying reading yours and meeting your wonderful family.

We too are Fox News people--and I love football (Titans and the UT Vols). I am a Grammy to my grands (5 of them), and I too love coffee.. But my cold drink is Diet Mtn. Dew!!!! ha

I cannot believe that you are such a new blogger and already have such a following. I've only been on Blogger since Jan.1st---but have blogged (on another site) since June of 2006.

My blog is a mish-mash of what all is going on in our lives... Hope you return...

Hugs,
Betsy

Shellmo said...

You sound like wonderful grandparents!! Your grandson will have many great memories!

Tina said...

What a wonderful post..and what a lucky grandson to have such great grandparents!
Enjoyed looking at your blog..welcome aboard to the world of blogging..it does become addictive!!! ;-)

The Retired One said...

Hi,
I saw your request for more readers on Shellmo's blog and hopped on over to check it out!
Cute blog! I have two grandkids and have been married 37+ years too.
Stop by my blog, called The Retirement Chronicles and if you like it, please join on as a follower!
I joined on to your blog as a Follower just now!
The Retirement Chronicles

Barb said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Count me in the for the contest! I have enjoyed reading about your family and was really touched by your unconditional love for your daughter and the support you gave her!

Nina Diane said...

thanks for stopping by my blog....such a sweet story about your family.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi Teresa..Thank you for stopping and commenting on my blog. How did you find me? What a wonderful little boy. :-) I have 4 grandchildren .2 boys 2 girls..ages 5years to 4 months. I don't blog about them, unless their parents let me. Great that you have got into the blogging world.

I love the story about your daughter..I was not married when I had my first son, he is now 34 and then I had another age 26. It was so great that you gave her support, they need it, no matter how scary they think it is to tell their parents, not nice, I have been there.

Happy Blogging..great to meet you.

The Retired One said...

I saw that you did join my blog as a Follower..thanks SO much. It will be such fun reading each other's blogs.

The Retirement Chronicles

Alana said...

Wanted to stop by and say "thanks" for your comment on my blog. What a sweet post!

Melinda said...

So sweet! Adorable little (or not-so-little!) guy - I know you're proud! And your seven times to Disney makes me see why we hit it off so well...I LOVE me some Disneyworld! :o)

Hugs to you,
Melinda

Hollie said...

awww, so very sweet! That Parker is a cutie!!

Jessatsea said...

What a beautiful family you have. Thank you for visiting my blog and I look forward to "getting to know you". :)

I can't wait to see and hear about your Disney trip.

Alyson said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! Your have such an adorable family!!! What day is your little boy due?..... My littlest boy was born on June 6th :0)

Blessings,

Alyson

http://wellensfamily.blogspot.com

Tim said...

So nice to meet you Parker. Cant wait to learn more about ya.

Love and Prayers,

Tim

Kelley said...

What a sweet post about your grandson! I am so glad you found my blog. Yours is great. I like the colors of it. I hope you have a happy Easter with your family!

Mom2Valerie said...

Congrats on being featured today! You're family is so sweet!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Teresa,
I am so happy to meet you, and to meet your family. I have read all your posts and am so inspired by all that I have read. You truly are blessed to have such a beautiful and close knit family. I am looking forward to getting to know you.

I love to decorate Christmas trees but they are usually mine, I try to put one in every room, and that takes so much time.
Isn't being a grandparent the most fun!!! If I knew it was going to be this much fun, I would of had them first!!! LOL
Wishing you and your sweet family a most blessed and happy Easter.
Sue

Lynnette Kraft said...
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Lynnette Kraft said...

Hi Teresa! I hope you enjoy being featured and meet a lot of new friends today!

Your giveaway is awesome and I'm sure people will be excited to be entered. :)

I went and read your post that had random things about you - you're a very interesting lady! Sounds like you are a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Have a great day.
Lynnette
PS Oops, in my comment that I deleted I copied and pasted another message into it - duh! ha
Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground

Jen and Jared said...

Hi there. I just found your blog through Baby B's blog. I skimmed a few of your posts and what touching stories they are! I'm so glad I found your blog and I will come back during my girls' naptime to read more!

Jen Averitt

Janet said...

Your grandson is blessed! What precious memories.

I found your blog through "Getting to Know You." It's darling!

Have a blessed Easter weekend.

WhiteStone said...

I hopped over here from Dancing Barefoot and very much enjoyed reading. Yep, being a Grammy is the best job ever!

Amber Schmidt said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! We have a Parker also! Well... Owen Parker... but its close!

I am excited to get to know you and continue reading your adventures!

~ shi ~ said...

It is nice to meet you! I am here from the the Getting to Know You, that Lynnette is doing...I can not wait to read more about your family. Blessing shi~

Raye Ann said...

Parker sounds like he is just a great little man. Thank you for stopping by my site.

Blessings

Tanya said...

Congrats for being featured today on Lynnette's blog!! :)

Lissete said...

Sweet! Since I no longer have "babies", (although they will always be my babies) I am so looking foward to grandchildren! And grandparent trips will just add to the fun!

Aunt Ruthie said...

Hi sweetie, thank you for stopping by sugar pie farmhouse! I can see you are a Disney girl like me! Your family is precious and I can see why you love them so much! What blessings they are! God bless you!
Aunt Ruthie

Kristin said...

What a precious post. I could feel the love you have for him!

Have a wonderful Easter!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

What a sweet boy! I just wanted to pop over and congratulate you on being featured on Lynette's Getting to Know You!

Love your blog!

"Lolli" said...

You are an incredible Grandmother, whom I admire and respect so much! Thank-you for setting an example for us grandmothers who are walking similar paths. I love you blog, and want to invite you over to mine when you have time: http://www lollipopandpearls.blogspot.com Congrats on being featured on Lynettes blog!

Blessings this Easter season!

Lolli (aka Lisa0

Karen said...

I just wanted to stop by and say Hi, I am the other featured blogger today. It has been fun with Lynette's "Getting to Know You!'

Blessings,
Karen

Vera said...

Hi! Stopping by from Lynnette's blog - it's SO nice to meet you :)

Rhonda said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment.What sweet boys.
Rhonda

Tracie Miles said...

hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog! Welcome to the blogging world! Your site is beautiful. Have a wonderful Easter!

He is risen!

In His love,

Sharon Brumfield said...

Thank you so much for stopping by...love meeting new girls. I noticed on your profile that you live in Shreveport, La. I lived just outside of New Orleans until last July when we finally made the move to the mountains of North Carolina.
Miss the seafood..and family...but LOVE the mountains and the weather here.

Welcome to this beautiful world of blogdom....I have been on a little break to spend some extra time with God. But I will be back this coming week. Look forward to getting to know you! Have a great Resurrection Sunday!

Joyce said...

Thanks for saying hi on my blog. I am new to the blog world also but am having so much fun. Parker and the rest of the crew are all adorable. I Love my two little grandsons. I can't get enough of them:) Grandkids are the ultimate! I will be back to visit your blog again to see what is up in your area of the world.
Joyce

Carrie said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. it was exciting to hear that you also collect nativities. I look forward to reading more of your blog.
Carrie

Smilingsal said...

Grandchildren are the best.

Lora said...

What a darlin' young man! And what a neat opportunity to travel with his Pop! I agree that travel is a great education.

Disney is such a fun place.

And thank you kindly for your sweet words at my blog.

Blessings to you Teresa!

Karabeth said...

As one grandmother to another I can say that I know just how you feel. I can't wait to meet our newest who is due in June!

P.S. Thanks for stopping by the other day. Loved your comment!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Teresa, :)
Thank you very much for visiting my blog and your kind words. I really appreciate them.

Parker is a really special and handsome grandson!

Have a wonderful and blessed Easter.
~Melissa :)

Sharon said...

Hi Teresa,

Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog. You are so sweet! You have a beautiful family and a beautiful heart! I look forward to visiting again soon.

Happy Easter! He is RISEN!!! Hallelujah!!!

Sharon

Love Being a Nonny said...

Happy Easter. He has blessed us so!

Rona's Home Page said...

Congratulations!
I just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog during the Ultimate Blogging Party.
Sorry it took me so long to head over to yours.
Happy Resurrection Sunday to you and yours.

Becca said...

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it and return again. I enjoyed reading your blog as well. Your family is beautiful and hopefully someday soon my husband and I will begin our family too. Happy Easter!

KamPossible said...

I just wanted to stop by and visit your blog. Amazing, amazing story. God is so good!

SKELLER said...

You have three very darling grandsons!!! And your blog space is quite darling, too :-).

Omah's Helping Hands said...

What awesome grandparents you are! You can tell Parker is a proud brother. It's awesome when they are able to take interest in their sibblings. I'm sure Parkers great behavior has something to do with grandma and grandpa being so involve in his life. ;) Our children are special gifts, then comes the grand kids who are special treasures. I just love the time with them! Love you blog by the way. :)Can't wait to read more.

Kathy said...

What a gift you are giving Parker, to know that he is so wonderfully loved! I know it will be the same for Jack. Aren't grandchildren wonderful?

shopannies said...

great picturs once again and he sounds like he is a great young man

Linda said...

I love the picture of Parker with his cousin. He looks like pure boy!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a delightful lady you are. It is going to be fun getting to know you.

The Gosfam said...

What a sweet boy, and so GREAT that he is such an important part of your life. My girls cherish their grandparents.

Wendy @RunningonMTT said...

Another great post! Parker is lucky to have you!!!