Thursday, May 26, 2011


Twelve years ago tonight I did not sleep. I knew that the  next day the “Best thing that EVER happened to me” was making his arrival.
Amanda had already done the castor oil trick that seems to work in our I knew May 27 was going to bring us a baby.  And it did…as in we barely made it to the hospital.  We have babies easy and quick. 

I must have told Parker that HE IS the BEST thing that EVER happened to me at least 1000 times in the last 12 years. No probably more than  that. That’s one line he knows well. And one thing he knows well, is that he is LOVED….

This boy made me a GRAMMY and that is hands down my favorite job in the world.  And I was lucky enough to get HIM

Tomorrow he graduates with some amazing honors from the 5th grade.  How can we have a middle school student?

Next Sunday we put him on a plane to fly (alone) to Washington D.C. to attend a young leadership conference.

We have traveled with him for 12 years so he is a seasoned traveler.
This is a boy that has boy that has traveled from sea to shining sea, traveled with his Pop, which enabled him to spend time with Shaq, sit in the front seat of the bus with Drew Brees. 

He has dined with the Mouse more times than most people do in a lifetime.  We have traveled the streets of New York City and seen Broadway shows. He has seen the  mountains of Colorado and had a blast at the beach.  This boy has never met a stranger. 

I cannot even put into words how much I love this boy.  He is outgrowing me, but I get that..or at least I thought he was.

Today I was having hi-lights put in his hair and he said Grammy, why don’t me, you and Pop go on a cruise again?”…Wow I was honored to think he still wanted us as his travel buddies.

Parker Benjamin Powell….your Grammy is as madly in love with you as the first day I laid eyes on you. 

Now for the winners of the books. SORRY its taken me so long.
The Pioneer Woman’s Book….an awesome read goes to Vicki@  My Life 365

 Lazy Days and Beach Blankets goes to Hannah @Life Happens

And if this did make you smile, I am thinking you need some medicine…My favorite song,  my two favorite singers of the entire AMERICAN IDOL SEASON….If only Tim was better looking.  
Congratulations to Scotty. I loved you from the beginning and loved you more every week.
I am officially in  withdrawal…



Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Happy Birthday Parker! I feel like I have watched you grow up through your Grammy's eyes of love!

Have a great time in Washington and hope another cruise is on it's way.

Kristens Creations said...

Happy Birthday to Parker! I still think they would be good friends if they lived close. Chase will be 12 in July. I still cannot believe it!!! Congrats on him going to! That's awesome! It's good to have smart kids...I'm glad Chase does well in school too. My friend and I talk alot and she has two boys who really struggle. It makes things hard...

I hope you take that cruise with Parker while he still wants to be seen with you! lol...I'm just kidding! Kristen

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I had to go back and make a little addition to this post....

SarahMerritt said...

Oh Happy birthday Parker!
He will always need you and love you more than you know! My nannie and poppa are so special to me and I love them so much! It made me cry a little reading this. You are one proud Grammy!

Christy said...

Ah Happy Birthday to the boy who made you a Granny!!! Sounds like his parents have done a fabulous job with him and he obviously knows how loved he is from all sides of his life.

mississippi artist said...

I can tell you are very proud of this boy! Happy Birthday to him. I am glad your blog is back. I lost all my followers too-are you sick of bloggers problems-I am.

Sally said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet, sweet Parker. He's amazing with accomplishments, and in due part to your great love for him!

I didn't watch AI from the beginning, but my most favorite moment was Scotty and Tim! That was truly awesome and gave me goose bumpst. LOL

Have a blessed day!!

Vicki said...

The love you have for your grandkids brings tears to my eyes! I'm right there with you in the love I have for mine. I'm excited that I won the Pioneer Woman book, thank you. Let me know if you need my address.

Joyce said...

Happy Birthday to your grandson...fye-boys never outgrow their grandmas!

The Tim McGraw/Scotty duet was my favorite part of the whole show.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy Birthday Parker. I will keep his travels in my prayers.

I posted about Scotty yesterday. I am not into country but I am sold on Scotty. Can't get enough of him and I am thrilled that he won. I even got goosebumps typing that!
Have a wonderful weekend.

MarvelousMOM said...

Awe Happy Birthday! He is lucky to have such a wonderful grammy!

Shawna said...

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Jeanette said...

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Coleene said...

Parker is a very lucky boy indeed.

Sonja said...

Happy Birthday Parker! What an AWESOME grammy you've got! Do you think maybe she loves you?? :)

and YAY for Scotty!!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday to him! What a gorgeous post. Can't wait to hear about his trip to DC! He'll love it here :D

Channa, Life as a Coaches Wife said...

Awe, i hope he had a great birthday!! The first grandchild always holds a different place in grandparents hearts. (I was the first on both sides)

I hope y'all had a great weekend!!

PEA said...

Happy Birthday to Parker!! Awwww, he will never outgrow you, I'm sure of it, he will always need you in his life. I wish him the very best life has to offer and it's no wonder you're so proud of him, he really is wonderful person, inside and out. After all, he takes after his grammy:-) xoxo

Chris H said...

Parker is indeed a very loved boy.
Castor oil! I tried it once... it didn't work.... I was glad cos it made me really ill!
I loved Scotty too.... but was sad for Lauren.

Karen said...

Great Post.. I love being a Grandma.. Dam'ma as my grand daughter says.. it is a great , great job...Have a great evening..
God Bless

Mel said...

What a sweet post about your grandson! He's so lucky to have grandparents that are so totally in love with him but also actively involved in his life and doing stuff with him!

Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

Sue said...

Hope your Parker had a fabulous birthday, Teresa, and a wonderful trip to DC. {We almost share our BD, as mine is the 26th.}
I know you are blessed to have him in your life, and he is blessed to have you and Jack!