Monday, August 13, 2012

'twas the night before...

How well I recall this date 39 years ago.
It was a hot summer day...
and we spent the evening at my parent's farm.
We had refreshments on the sundeck...

...and this photo was taken before we left for home.

Little did I know how much my life would change in the span of a few short hours.
I became a mother the following day...
and life has never been the same!

I had a son...
to hold, to comfort, to feed...
and most of all...
to love! 

We were young...
and had no idea what parenting would involve.
"All you need is love"...right?
We often lacked wisdom...
and made many mistakes along the way.
But always...
we loved!
Those first months flew by so quickly.

Soon he was obsessed with tractors...
and begged to sit on them.

The love of motorcycles started way back then...
and that doesn't seem to have changed!

In those days I got to pick out his clothes.
I thought I did fine at the time.
He questions my choices!

On his first birthday...
we made a trip to the prairies and he took his first steps in a wheat field...
on a farm that belonged to his grandparents.
He always liked to be 'outstanding in his field'!

Mowing the lawn had great appeal to him in those days.
Not so much later on.

He liked work...
though I'm surprised to see him with dirt on his face.
He never liked dirt!

And things are dirty on a farm!
He needed to inspect the loader of the tractor before touching...
lest he pick up some germs.

Having mom cut his hair was OK back then!

Ah...the memories.

But the good thing about getting older is...
you don't lose all those other ages you have been.
That little boy is still there...

On this eve of your 39th birthday...
it's been fun to look back, Kris.

We won't be around to share your cake with you tomorrow...
but wish you a very happy birthday.

The Lord bless you and keep you;   
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;  
 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace. 
Numbers 26: 24-26



  1. Hi Judy, what great memories for you in those pictures. You LOOKED about as pregmant as I did the day before our first was born! - subsequent pregnances were different. Of course we tried to hide it by our fashions. How the years fly by. Dairymary

  2. What sweet photos... I was particularly drawn to the Osh-Kosh B'Gosh outfit. (My own son wore those and he questions my choices as well and, further, he did not allow his sons to wear them. What? I was shocked.)

    A very happy birthday to your son. Hope that he has a great 39th year.

  3. Great memories! I was wearing a checkered smock top the day before my first child was born, too!

  4. sure didn't look ready to deliver the day before. I loved all the photos and can't help but think how little boys all enjoy the same things. My boys also had OshKosh's....and I thought they were so cute.
    Wishing your son a happy birthday today!

  5. What a loving tribute to your son - Happy Birthday to him! I loved seeing the Oshkosh b'gosh overalls, all three of my oldest kids wore them when they were little!

  6. What a sweet tribute to your boy! Josh had the same overalls and plain blue, too. Love that last photo of you and Elmer and Kris. So so young!! Look at those kitchen cabinets in the background. Classic!!

  7. What a wonderful photo journey of your loved son!! Made me smile all the way through!

  8. Ah.. so young you were.. but you loved and you still do. It is plain to see.

  9. Adorable pictures...sweet post! Hope he enjoys his birthday and that you are enjoying your reunion!

  10. Aww, Happy Birthday to your son! Gee, you didn't even look preggers in that photo! LOL!!! What a beautiful baby and little boy he was, I'm sure he's now a wonderful young man!!!

  11. Those great years....they go by so fast. Memories along with great pictures...precious! A post filled with love from a mom....about he much loved son. Happy Birthday to your now grown up son. I hope he gets a kick out of these photos you posted.

  12. Judy, I smiled the entire way through this well written post. I smiled because I was right there with you, and because the pictures were so cute! Being a mother at that young age, we did the best we could, however they may roll their eyes at what we did:) What goes around, comes around, and someday their children will be doing the same.

    Happy Birthday to your son! You shared the sweetest tribute to him. It must have made his birthday a special one. I must admit, you do not look like you have a 39 year old son.

  13. What a great way to celebrate your son's birthday by remembering his first year. You all look so young!

  14. Okay but seriously, there is no way I could have not looked pregnant the day before I delivered. No matter WHAT I wore. Clearly you did not pass your "barely show when your pregnant" gene onto me.

    Thanks a lot.

  15. What a heartwarming story. In today's world, it is so good to see families who love being together. Your dad looks great! The cake is so clever!


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