Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Happy Birthday to Our Baby!

"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother.
A child is a child.
They get bigger, older, but grown?
What's that supposed to mean?
In my heart it don't mean a thing."
Toni Morrison


Happy Birthday to our 4th child, our baby!


Happy Birthday, Defee! (Wasn't he darling?)


You have been a joy from the very first!


I know that we tried to keep you our little boy, but the day did come when you had
to tear down your bed-in-the-wall,
as your feet were hanging out the window on the end.


Your senior year came.


Next came graduation from college and your engagement to the sweetest, prettiest girl at school.


Next came marriage, but we'll save that picture for the anniversary coming up soon.
You and Wallace started your home, your jobs--
which sometimes took you to strange places....


But you played hard too...


As well as working hard.


And then the happy day came when we visited you in your home to welcome 
our first granddaughter...


So, Happy Birthday to our baby...


AND, Happy Birthday to our baby's baby, little Miss Nora!


And remember, Defee and Wallace, "Grown don't mean nothing to a mother." 
Or to a father! 


33 comments:

  1. What a handsome boy and Nora...well she is an absolute doll! I love the Toni Morrison quote. You have a great family.

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    1. Thank you, Peggy! And they'll understand in time the Toni Morrison quote, won't they?

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  2. What a wonderful tribute to your #4 child. I loved seeing the pictures of him from tiny to grown up with that darling baby at the end. It was fun meandering down memory lane with you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michele! It was sweet of you to "meander down that lane" with us!

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  3. Hi Dewena,

    My gosh! Your family is made up of such sweet faces! Happy birthday to your lovely son and his darling baby girl! All the best in health and happiness to them! And, I couldn't agree with you (and Toni Morrison) more, they may be independent and have started families of their own, but they will always be our babies! I guess it's a way of keeping ourselves young!;)

    xo
    Poppy

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    1. Thank you so much, Poppy! I know they'll appreciate your birthday wishes to them.

      Now we understand why our parents sill though of us as children even when we grew up, right?

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  4. What a happy birthday and beautiful family! Is his little girl's birthday the same as his? I love your sweet tribute and all the wonderful growing up pictures- xo Diana

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    1. Just a few days apart, Diana, so we celebrated both birthdays this weekend with a weekend visit to them. I'm sure it was his happiest birthday, sharing it with their little daughter. His little family was his best gift!

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  5. Happy Birthday little bro!! Really nice post mom!!

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  6. Hi Sis, your posts on events of celebrations in your family are always so enjoyable. Love the pictures, great memories you are sharing.
    Love u, Deb

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    1. Thank you, little Sis! There is nothing else more important, is there?
      Love you too!

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  7. oh dewena.
    i was falling in love. with just the one boy. then he met his girl. and now he has his two beautiful girls. and i'm in love with all of them!
    i loved this post.
    family is so important. and yours is wonderful. i'm a 'picture lover'. LOL.
    seriously. i could sit sharing a cup of coffee or lunch and never tire of looking at another families pictures! thank you for sharing here.
    happy birthday to darling defee and precious moment. all the more precious since knowing her start in life!!! and yes. her momma is gorgeous!!! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, dear friend! I love family pictures too and am so glad you enjoyed these. I know the three of them will appreciate your birthday wishes to their little family!

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  8. Thanks Mom for the thoughtful post for my birthday! I have had a great birthday and have loved sharing it with my beautiful wife and daughter. I love you! Goodnight.

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    1. You're welcome, Defee, and I'm so happy you had a great birthday. And thank you for putting up with letting me call you our baby--just a little longer!
      We love you so much,
      Mom & Dad

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  9. Oh I love that your baby left a comment too. Happy birthday to you Baby.. My baby's birthday was on the 16th also. Only my baby is my husband , Teddy Bear. I loved all your cute pictutes. Time drags for our kids but flys for us. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Well, Happy Birthday to your husband, too! And thank you for looking at these family pictures. You are so right, Susie, the time does fly for us.

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  10. I feel the same way. You look at your children and they are fully grown. But in your heart, they are still your children. And underneath your wings.
    Brenda

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    1. Yes, even though you are proud of them for flying away! You wouldn't want it any other way!

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  11. What a sweet post -- and you are so right. It doesn't matter how old they get, they are still our baby.

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    1. Thank you! And yes, that's just the way mothers are.

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  12. Happy Happy Birthday to your son and to wee little Nora!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. I'll speak for them and send a big thank you back!

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  13. Happy Birthday to Nora and her daddy! We have four family birthdays this week!!!

    xo,
    RJ

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  14. I just saw that Mr.Art@Home had a birthday too! And saw his yummy cake!

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    1. Oops, this was supposed to have been under Ricki Jill's comment!

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  15. Oh what a cute little boy he was and what a handsome young man. I love that first photo in the oversized hat. Nora is a beauty - even with cake all over her face. Happy Birthday to both of them. How are Connie and Rachel. They are still in my prayers. laurie

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  16. Such a sweet post. It made me smile. I love the one of him all grown up sitting on his bed. He sure DID grow up! How true....grown don't mean nothing!

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  17. Happy belated birthday little bro. Sorry I was late.Cool pics as always mom!

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  18. Beautiful tribute, Dewena. Happy Birthday to 4th Child!

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