Friday, June 27, 2008

PhotoStory Friday: What I wish for you

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


Nearly every morning J and I head out to the park. He usually falls asleep in the car or in the stroller while we walk. It is a quiet and peaceful time . . . a time when I usually do a lot of thinking.

Just this morning I was about to take J out of the car seat and put him in the stroller when I glanced back and saw this . . .



My baby boy. He's going to be a year old in August. August 10th. To say that day was a life changer is an understatement.


I started thinking . . . wondering . . . and making silent wishes. While J lay peacefully in his seat, I started a list (yes, along with my camera, I usually have books and a notepad that accompany me everywhere).


This list is what I wish for him . . . to be . . . to do . . . to have.

* Respect--give it and earn it.
* Love humanity.
* Know that it isn't all about you and that's OK.
* Know what matters and what doesn't.
* Travel, see the world, soak it in (I take great inspiration from their adventures)
* Appreciate cultures, relish in differences, learn of the world around you.
* Believe in who you are, who you can be, and what you can do.
* Be a gracious loser and a humble winner.
* Respect your body (and her body, too). And if you get her pregnant, you are BOTH pregnant. Just so you know . . .
* Don't be too concerned about doing it the RIGHT WAY, be more concerned about doing WHAT IS RIGHT.
* Failure is only your first try.
* Laugh, smile, laugh some more.
* Have fun. Soak in each and every moment. Time is fleeting . . .
* Eat your fruits and veggies.
* Move every day--appreciate what your body can do.
* Hard work is the foundation for good character (if it is worth it, you'll work for it).
* Mistakes are the building blocks of life. Learn, grow, move on.
* Read. A lot.
* Video games are awesome. But outside is an awesome adventure. The air. The sun. The imagination.
* What you do reflects who you are.
* Be kind. Be generous. Be honest. Be real.
* Popularity is an illusion. Don't fall for it.
* Embrace your inner klutz (you are my son after all).
* Share your gifts and thank others for sharing their gifts.
* Teach, be a mentor, give.
* Appreciate our planet.
* Be thankful for all He has given you.
* External beauty is temporary. Internal beauty is eternal.
* Stick to your word.
* Don't be afraid to admit when you are wrong and say you are sorry.
* Know that this is the only life you get--live it.

and finally . . .

* Love with every part of who you are.

*and don't forget, your momma is always right :)

* * *

54 comments:

Lori said...

That is a beautiful list!! You must have some purse to carry all that stuff around! LOL!

Lori said...

you should save that and give it to him as a graduation gift

Tracey said...

Awwww.... Very sweet. It's amazing how fast the years go by. The first one is the biggest shocker, but every one after is still a jolt to my system.

Kori said...

That is amazing; I love the one about it not being all about him and that being okay. I am really struggling with my 9 year old about that one, and it is tough love at it's hardest. You are such a great woman, and he is lucky!

Stacie said...

that is beautiful, happy friday!

tommie said...

That is a great list.....and more importantly an adorable shot.

I love those quiet times when they are sleeping. It makes those annoying-screaming-fit times more managable!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful post.

Not to mention what beautiful pictures go with it.

Kristi said...

I love the first picture through the rear view mirror. How precious. Greta list that I believe I will print out. Thanks for sharing.

Elaine A. said...

Gorgeous list for a gorgeous boy (or anyone for that matter!)

Pam said...

that is a great list- you are going to be so glad you posted it and can have it to share with him forever!

Chris Osborne said...

Oooh, double reflection. Sweet.

http://anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

How much does he weigh? You know you can turn him around at 20 pounds, right? For us? That was about this age.

I LOVE the list. Esp. the klutz part...you and I are so alike sometimes.

Cathy said...

I love this list it wonderful - He is a lucky little man to have been blessed with a Mom like you.

Reminds me of a post by Kristy at the link below - Post Positive Tuesday about her son Zak - it too is a touching post...
http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com/WP02/?p=318

Cheers
Cathy - www.wheresmydamnanswer.com

MamaGeek said...

WOW, this might just be my favorite post of yours of all time. That shot alone made me smile Laski - talk about sweetness. Times like that, all is right in the world for a brief moment. Thank you so much for playing PSF, this was excellent.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

That is a VERY perfect list. You rock!

Danielle said...

That is awesome. He looks so sweet. I love my quiet peaceful walks with Eliza. It is my favorite time of day.

Jonny's Mommy said...

That is awesome. I agree with Lori...what a great graduation gift that would be. I carry a lot of that stuff around too. A small compact camera and my journal. Always taking photos and always writing.

It is the way to go for us who like to keep our memories.

Jaysi said...

Great list...and I love the photo in the mirror. I have tried unsuccessfully to capture that same shot. You have inspired me to try again.

Working mum said...

Why was the last bit in smaller font? :)

Lovely photos and I agree, keep that list for the future.

Marmarbug said...

Such a wonderful list. I love the one about being outside. So many kids just don't leave the house anymore.
And of course momma is always right. :)

Kathryn said...

What a lucky boy to have such a mom. Wow. Beautiful!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

What a treasured list you've created. This is one of the things that makes blogging so special--you think of something great and you share it.

Kristen said...

Just love what you wrote!

Just love it!

And seriously, how cute is that little man in the back seat of your car

Thanks for the reminder of what is really important. :)

Happy weekend friend!

Karen MEG said...

You have this momma thing down just pat!!! Lucky little boy :)

Becoming Me said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and he is a doll baby!

SWC said...

Oh he is so adorable! Look at that sweet face. Wow! This is just the best post. Love the list. I feel this way lots lately since my little guy turns one next week. How did the time fly so quickly? This time last year we were big mama's, now we have big boys. And they just don't look so much like babies anymore. Oh boy...you're gonna get me going here. I've been so emotional leading up to the birthday. Your boy is such a doll. And you love him so much, it's so evident. XO Priceless.

Kami said...

Fantastic! Those are words for everyone to live by.

I especially like that last one :-)

Steph said...

Ok you know what I thought whe I saw your little boy??? I want one I want one! Too cute I could jsut eat him up!

tulipmom said...

Such a beautiful list. One I'm sure he'll enjoy reading when he gets older.

Wendi said...

Fabulous list for a fabulous little boy.
You have inspired me to make a wish list for my kids.
Great idea!

LiteralDan said...

I like that the one picture is bounced off of two mirrors and is still perfectly in focus. It's a nice touch

Cecily R said...

What a wonderful list! I'm glad you wrote it down and recorded your feelings. since I wasn't as good at that when Isaac was a baby I feel like I missed so much.

Time flies, doesn't it? He's getting so big. Doesn't he know he's not supposed to do that so quickly??

GREAT PSF! I am so glad you are playing with us!!

P.S. You my friend, have such an amazing way with words.

Pregnantly Plump said...

That's a great list! And a super cute picture.
One thing my husband and I often talk about is that we wonder if Little Elvis will ever fully know or appreciate how loved and adored he is. We both kind of feel like he won't understand until he's a dad, because that's when it hit us.

Kellan said...

Gotta love a mom that wishes for her child to move everyday - you are a good mom!!!

Have a great weekend - Kellan

Tara R. said...

Awww... that was a fabulous list. J is just too cute. With you as his mom, I bet it won't take long for him to check off everything on that list... especially the last itme - about mom always being right.

Karen said...

Those are some awesome goals. Everyone should live by those.

Eve Grey said...

That was so beautiful. I think I'll start my own list for my kids now (and borrow some from you if that's ok...)

maggie's mind said...

Aw, that was really sweet and also very good things to want him to know. Fun, serious, practical, happy - your list covered it all. Beautiful post.

Manager Mom said...

Oh...what a lovely list. But you certainly are, er, planning ahead with your advice on if he knocks his girlfriend up. :-)

Lisa said...

That made me tear up. A lovely, lovely list of wishes. I did a post similar to this last week - our hopes & dreams for them are so big & full of love, aren't they?

Hill Family said...

What a great list! He is a beautiful baby. Mine will be one at the end of August.

the mama bird diaries said...

That's beautiful. We have a list like that for my daughters. What a gift you just gave him. :)

Mamarazzi said...

this is such a beautiful list! i am sure you will add to it as the year FLY by.

what a beatiful boy and what a sweet testimony of a mother's love.

thanks for stopping by my blog, come again soon. how did you find me?

i am adding you to my reader...it seems we have more than a few bloggy friends in common!

molly_g said...

Beautiful. I hope he ticks all of your items off, "accomplished." : )

Confessions of A Mississippi Mom said...

Wonderfully written!! Awww it made me tear up

Lindsey said...

Awwww....I'm about to cry. Can I still claim hormones?????

Really this was so special. Baby J is one lucky little boy to have such a precious Mommy!

Stephanie said...

Oh that is so sweet! And we are so alike. Along with my camera, I always have a notebook with me too. I keep it to write things down that I would otherwise forget.

I love the last one "that mamma is always right". So true!

abby p said...

You just posted something new, but I have to comment on this. I absolutely love your list. That is so thoughtful and so real.

And J is growing up. I know it pains you a bit, but imagine all the adventures you have in store!

Colleen said...

what a great list...I have some similar hopes and dreams for my kids....

amanda said...

oh my goodness - what a beautiful idea!! i must go start one :)

and you're right - if things don't work out with beans and her boyfriend, j and her would make a great couple!!

secret agent mama said...

We should all have a list like that! Wow... He's a lucky little man to have a mom like you. :D

Jennifer said...

awwww Laski... I'm all teary eyed. honestly. this is a really beautiful gift. i think youshould frame this and hang it in his bedroom, or something like that. this is such a good list to live by. :) I especially love the very last one... so true!!

xoxoxo

Jennifer said...

ps... he is just beautiful. and i think it is safe to say that until he is at least 4 or something. :) lol

jakelliesmom said...

My baby boy turns 6 on 8/9. I love your words for him.

We wrote birthday letters to our kids for their first few years - this would be a great gift.

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