Thursday, February 11, 2010

ALL I EVER WANTED TO BE

Dear Greg,

At just about this time, late on a Monday afternoon, 30 something years ago, you made me all I ever really wanted to be

A MOM

What can I say without embarrassing you.... You were the first EVERYTHING. You were the first grandchild, the first boy in a long time.

Meme and Gramps really loved you. I had NEVER seen Daddy show any physical affection EVER until you were born. You melted his heart and I think that continued through the rest of his life. You speaking at both their funerals was only fitting and made this MOM so proud.
THIS past year I got to see you be all that you have EVER really wanted to be...A DAD! So many emotions, as I saw you meet your BOY, which was a long awaited dream come true for you. It was a day of joy and then it quickly became a day of fear. I saw your lips quiver and your eyes fill with tears as you told me they were transferring Grayson to another hospital because they had a state of the art NICU. I met the ambulance, as you made your way across town, hating to leave Dana, but knowing you had to be with your new little man. I remember a scared Daddy asking the NICU doctor details about his little ones situation. And forever I will remember our walk out to the car after midnight that night and you putting your arm around me and telling me you had listed Denny and Johnny as your pastors, in case they needed to call one. That said it all to me...you feared you might loose your baby. Thank God that did not happen and today Grayson is perfect, after just a bump in the road. And I know that you know, God answers prayer. But this Mother's heart hurt like never before for you that night.
For 10 years I had watched you be the worlds greatest UNCLE, AKA UNC to Parker. I always laughed when Parker would call your work and ask for UNC! And even funnier, the receptionist knew who he was talking about. When Amanda was a young teenage Mom, you made your Mom more than proud. You made stepping up to the plate more than words. You filled in EVERY blank, every time. What great male role models Parker has and still has. I will always remember your unbelievable generosity to Amanda. If she had a need, you met it and did it with joy. The time you invested in Amanda and Parker, never went unnoticed.
Then you became a step dad to Austin, though no one would ever know that he was not your biological child. Again you filled in the blanks in his life and fell madly in love with him. You are every little boy's dream.
Making their lives fun is your top priority. If there is any gaming device or game that Austin and Parker don't have, its because it has not been released yet. If there is a movie that's out, they have seen it. To those boys YOU ARE THE BOMB.
And now this year in your life, Grayson arrives. He is a lucky boy to have you as his Dad...and equally lucky to have his sweet and beautiful Mom. You really won the lottery when Dana entered your life.
You are more like Dad everyday and that's a GOOD THING. You are less like me and that's a good thing, though our sense of humor is a lot alike.
Happy Birthday to one of the BEST GIFTS WE ever received. Dad and I are SO PROUD OF YOU.
I love you, Mom
SOME SNAPSHOTS THAT MAKE MY HEART SMILE





20 comments:

Just Breathe said...

What a sweet post. Happy Birthday to your son. Isn't fun to be proud parents. You have been blessed.
What wonderful pictures.

Nezzy said...

Here's sending a very happy birthday to your sweet Greg. You have a right to be one proud mama!!

You have a blessed day celebrating your man child! :o)

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday!! This is a precious post. I share these same feelings about my oldest son...the first of everything.
Hugs, andrea

PS: Sitka has an award for you at All Gods Creatures.

Sandy said...

ahhh, Thank you for sharing!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Greg is blessed to have you as well. I loved the letter to him. May his birthday be willed with nothing but happiness and celebration.

Courtney said...

What a beautiful post for your son. I hope he has a wonderful birthday!

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

A very touching post - Happy Birthday....

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! What a beautiful letter to your son. It's obvious that you've been lucky to be his mom, but I think the luck goes both ways :)

My daughter also had a NICU "bump" in the road as you put it; I think I know how your son felt watching his child those first few days.

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

Jessica said...

What a great letter to your son! I loved it! It's obvious that you have a great relationship with your son.

Linda said...

What a lovely way to share your heart with your son! He sounds like a wonderful and very loving man.

The pictures were very nice.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Cousin B said...

Wow, that is a wonderful, sweet post and tribute to your son....He must be wonderful. And you are truly blessed....

Lindsey said...

That was so sweet! I have tears in my eyes!

Lesli said...

What a beautiful post! Happy Birthday to your son I Hope he has the best birthday EVER!! We can see how proud you are, I am sure it goes both ways!! Have a great weekend!

Cathy said...

Oh my...this is wonderful! You are both so lucky to have each other! Please pass on birthday greetings to your son!

The pic of the 2 boys is precious...I love seeing men kissing thir babies...don't you? Wonderful!

Happy Valentine's Day!
XOXO
Cathy

Weezer said...

What a beautiful open letter to Greg. Happy Birthday. I have a feeling that the two of you have the kind of relationship where he might blush a bit but love every bit of the attention you pour on him.....even if it is on your blog.
You have a beautiful family.

janet said...

Happy Birthday Greg!! Lovely, lovely post!

Nina Diane said...

what a wonderful tribute to your son!! I know you are proud...

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a loving and kind tribute to your son. What son wouldn't love a tribute like that from his mother! These pictures add so much to the written words...so precious and show so much warmth and pride. How blessed you are this Valentine's Day weekend.

whimzie said...

I don't guess I've ever had the opportunity to meet Greg. I wish I knew him.

You're a great mom, Teresa! I hope he had a special birthday and that God keeps bringing him blessings.

TheFancyFritter said...

Teresa! I have been catching up on your blog & I just now realized that I know your daughter in law Dana! She & my mom work together at John Harvey Toyota! What a small world! I had no idea that all those sweet pictures of the baby were her baby! How funny! :) What a small world!