The Love of a Child


From the moment they are placed in your arms on their very first day of life, you have that sense of closeness. It’s not something you can really explain, but somehow, even in their ignorance, you feel their need for safety, to feel you close by. In a small way, it is how they are saying “I love you” before they are every really able to. But as the days roll into months and then years and their vocabulary goes through the roof, that first time they utter those three beautiful words, your heart will melt all over again. 

I am not ashamed to say that hearing my daughter tell me, “I love you daddy” brought a very hazy, wet glaze to my eyes. You love them so much, unconditionally, from the very first moments, but to hear the reciprocation, makes you want to love them all the more. 

Rollin In Style!!!

Yesterday I posted a letter to Harvie about her Attention to Detail and I shared a photo of her trip to the grocery store in her cute outfit. Since then I have discovered even more photos and videos that my wife had that I was unaware of. So for your enjoyment, here they are.  

  This drink was not as good as she made it out to be.

  

 This grocery cart was actually Harvie’s first Christmas gift this past year from her future uncle JonBoy. He gave it to her early because he was shipped out for Marine Boot Camp at the beginning of December. If you are the praying type, keep him in your prayers.

 
 She was really strutting her stuff that day. I can’t believe how big she is getting!

 

Attention To The Details

 
Dear Harvie Sue,

Here lately you have developed something I never saw coming. Hopefully it’s not Daddy’s OCD lol. You have started to become very particular about things. Even to the point of having attitude. For example, you can not stand crumbs. You probably don’t like how they feel, particularly because you also don’t like wearing clothes. This would also explain why you have started pointed out when your diaper is wet. Well potty training is just around the bend. I’m already so proud of you. You’ve already peed in your potty chair several times now. It won’t be too much longer before you are going all on your own!

This is just scratching the surface though. Baby dolls have to sit a certain way in the chair; toys have to be a little row, and today when we took you to the grocery store with your little cart, you wouldn’t push it if there was stuff in it. Everything has to be just so. I suppose that is a good thing. It means you won’t miss any of the little details in life. It’s a trait that was passed from my dad, who was a architectural draftsman, to me as a graphic designer, and now you. I can’t wait to see how you will use this gift.

Love, Dad

Love is Strong but Life is Hard

Love Dear Harvie,

I know this statement seems rather pessimistic in nature, but there is a point I am trying to make. Recently I was confronted with the issue of when is a good time to tie the knot. Now, I will say, I’m no expert in this area, but one thing I have learned is this. Although love is very strong, and can endure many things, its strength differs for each individual. You have to have experienced enough of life, and the hardships it brings, in order to truly know if the love you have, can stand the trials that life throws your way. So don’t rush when it comes to marriage. Experience life. The more difficult challenges you face, especially if its together, the deeper your love will grow for each other.

Love, Dad

Daddy & Harvie Photo Op

I love spending time with my little angel, and from the looks of it she enjoys spending time with me as well. These were so cute, I just had to share! If you would like to make your own photo collage like this one, with special effects, head on over to PicMonkey. It is a great site!

Daddy's Little Angel

Laughter: The Best Kind of Magic

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22

Dear Harvie Sue,

I don’t think there is a sound that is more pleasant, than hearing you laugh. There are lots of videos out there on Youtube and elsewhere on the web, of babies laughing hysterically, and they always bring a smile to my face. Mostly because I dreamed of the days when I would get to enjoy this with my kids.

As you go through life, try to surround yourself with people that can make you laugh. Set a personal goal of at least making one other person laugh each day. Laughter is medicine for the spirit. It will lift you up during the hardest of times. Finding ways to make you smile, and even laugh, is something I strive everyday to do with you, and it boosts me up every time. If magic truly exists in this world, then it would have to exist in the laughter of a child.

They said it gets easier.. They Lied

Dear Harvie,

This statement is so true. Mother’s are wonderful beings. Full of patience, compassion, endurance, and most of all love!

Sweet Baby & Mama

I don’t think it gets easier. I think that we just adapt. We adapt to the sleepless nights, the nonexistence of silence, we adapt to our messy lifestyles and our loss of freedom. I do love my sweet baby and i love being a mother. But i know it wont get easier. Even though she takes all my time, money and existence. She is the best thing that ever happened to me. day by day i fall in love with this little creature!

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Growing Up So Fast

Dear Harvie Sue,

It’s hard watching you grow, baby girl. Things are happening at a rate which daddy can’t keep track of. One day you are holding daddy’s finger and I get ecstatic over that. The next day, you are smiling at me for the first time. Then shortly after you are sitting up on your own. And now here you are eating solid foods for the very first time.

For weeks now, you have been trying to get a hold of the food that mommy and daddy have been eating. To which I would simply remind you that your time would come soon enough. Well that time was yesterday.

Mommy decided to give you pumpkin baby food, and I have to say you ate it LIKE A BOSS. It was like you had always known what to do with it. I suppose you have had lots of practice while chewing on daddy’s phone. And also you are your mothers baby girl. She always did love a good bite to eat.

From the way you are moving about, you will soon be crawling all over creation. I guess it’s time to start baby proofing the house.

Love Dad

Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup

Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 30 oz bag of frozen diced hash browns (wasn’t quite enough, so I added a couple extra handfuls.)
  • 1 32 oz box of chicken broth
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup (10 oz)
  • 1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)
  • 3 oz bacon bits
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • (1 cup of green onions)*

Directions:

  1. Put the potatoes in the crockpot. Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits.
  2. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.
  4. An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes. Place the cubes in the crock pot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.
  5. Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in (this is where I added in my green onions)*, it’s ready to serve.
  6. Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.

*This is my own alterations


I have always loved potato soup but, having an easy recipe to cook it in the Crock Pot, makes it even better. I saw this recipe on Facebook and wanted to give it a try, so I thought I would share it with you.

I have to say it was the best potato soup I have ever had. And it was so easy, especially for being a dad who works from home. For once, I wanted to be able to fix my family dinner. And this only took minutes to put together, in the morning, and was ready to eat for supper when I got off work.

I would make some alterations though. For one I didn’t think that 30oz was quite enough hash browns so we added a little bit more (we like ours a little bit thicker). I also had some green onions lying around and thought I would add about a cup to add some color and flavor. Also I am thinking about dicing up some celery for it next time. Perhaps even swapping out the cream of chicken soup for a cream of celery.

If any of you try this out or make your own alterations, please let us know in the comments. I’m excited to see what others think!

Late Nights

Another late night with the baby. She never seems to want to go to sleep. I have to fight tooth and nail to get her down, and even then I have to constantly have white noise, music, and a rocking motion in order to maintain that slumber.

I guess I should enjoy these nights, because one day in the not so far future I will be up all night again. Only this time, alone and wondering where the heck she is, who she is with, and when she will be home.

What am I saying? My beautiful angel would never do that to me. Well good night all. Time for some much needed shut eye.