Thursday, June 12, 2008

First Birthday

When I was packing to come to Los Angeles, I left behind the magical chord that lets me transfer photos and videos from the camera to the computer. Until I track down another one, the chances are high that Abe's birthday pics won't be posted for a while.

Yes, our boy is turning the big 0-1 tomorrow. This milestone fills me with all kinds of emotions, which I have been feeling all day. The deep well of emotion that is motherhood has blindsided me. I think I had some vague idea of it, what with all the Hallmark cards I've seen in my life and the way my own mom has teared up at graduations and weddings and what-not. But now, I look at the face of my son as he interrupts his evening bottle to say "keeee?!" (kitty) for the thousandth time today and I choke back tears with the thought that this rapidly growing creature in our care is nearly a year old. One Year Old.

I know I've been posting a lot of random-ish youtube videos lately but I can't resist adding another today, as this song has contributed to the tears this evening. Our friend Carolee is close friends with Roby Duke, a fellow Mississippian. He performed this song on December 23, 2007 and passed away unexpectedly three days later. Carolee went to the funeral in the Mississippi Delta and said the experience was incredibly uplifting. How could it not be, knowing what Roby just sang?
As I go of the way of all the earth,
As I step through the door, there where time is no more
I shall see God.


Anonymous said...

Oh Happy First Birthday Abe. We'll have to do something fun when you get back to Portland.
Love, Linda and Mike

neola said...

I second that motion. See you when you get back to Portland!

Happy birthday to that beautiful boy! :)

coffeemom said...

Happy Happy Bday Abe!! Being one rocks! Make your mom give you some yummy cake and squeeze her and your dad tight! God bless you and your folks on your bday.

Julie said...

Lori, I love your blog. This is a beautiful song. Thank you. I wait with baited breath for more pics of your darling Abe! Happy Birthday to him!

graceling said...

Happy Birthday Abe!

Gretchen said...

Happy, happy birthday dear sweet baby Abe! Enjoy the cake- and your mom's tears (it's just because she loves you so very much!).

Thanks for sharing the lovely song- although I have to admit it ain't no Stevie Nicks. ;-)

Jana said...

i know this song! it used to play on christian radio when i was growing up.....i love it.

happy b-day little baby!

Jim and Debbie said...

Happy first birthday, Abe!!!
What an adorable little man you are. We enjoyed meeting you in Ethiopia and Kuri still talks about you.

Carol said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Abe! Good wishes coming your way from Texas!
Carol and crew

Jocelyn said...

Abe, have a wonderful first birthday and tell your Mommy to stop crying:-)

Jocelyn and Pacey

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Abe, and in the Dutch tradition Happy Birthday Lori and Ted!


Pattie VZ

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, i can't believe he's one! i thought his bday was in july!

hurry home, we miss you all!

mama becca said...

I love that song- made me cry.
You'd better go buy another camera-cord thing... we'll all go through withdrawals!
Happy Birthday Abe! I can't believe he's ONE already... wow...

The Redman's said...

Happy Birthday cute little Abe!!! You have a wonderful birth date (we share the same birthday!!) :)

Can't wait to see b-day pics.


Anonymous said...

Heart Strings never shrink and regenerate if ever cut... Happy Birthday to all of you - love the "Dutch tradition"!