Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

Dear JJ,

For Mother's Day we went to Oregon to see my mom - you are her only grandchild. Her eyes aren't very clear, and her ears are a bit hard of hearing, but she loves it when you are around.

Then there is your mom - and those who knew her years ago would think that she would never be a mom - and yet she is yours. And she is an amazing mom - sometimes I check in and see her playing with you, laughing with you - and the biggest smile on her face. 

Moms- we miss Gigi this year, but don't worry son - you get to see her soon.

We are lucky to have you in our lives, son. Without a son, your mom wouldn't be a mom - she discovered a part of herself that fills her heart with joy -- just like I hope I did with my mom.



Two Great Moms - Yours and Mine.

We use to travel by putting you in a stroller - now you are insisting on rolling your own suitecase

Mom, Dad, Sparky - and the two of us- 

Finding new friends at the airport to play with

At the bookstore- insisting on reading a new book

Enjoying a day by the river in Portland with mom

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Joy of A Little Boy

Dear JJ,

I never knew how much joy you would bring into my life - but every time I think of you - every photo that your mom shares with me- every time I come home and see you - it melts my heart.

You've changed a bit since you were born -  you use to wake up at 5 am and that would be our time. Now you sleep in with your mom.

You no longer use diapers - and I never realized how freeing that is, but it is great.

We don't need the stroller - and that is great because it saves on travel. Although that stroller was a faithful companion on three continents.

But you still love mommy and daddy, and Lucky - and GiGi, Papa, Uncle Peter, Aunti Kim, Uncle Bob, and Grandma and Grandpa Simpson.  Plus a few assorted aunties and uncles that you have no idea they are not related to us- but to you they are.

Every night when I put you to bed, before you go to sleep you always say, "I love you, daddy."

Does anyone have more riches than that?



Finding the water puddles in the park