God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You

07/19/18

 

“I never thought that love could feel like this

And you've changed my world with just one kiss

How can it be that right here with me

There's an angel?

It's a miracle”

-N’SYNC

Whenever I don’t know what to say, music has always been right there to cover me.

My daughter turns two today, and I’m filled with emotions; mostly happiness. Happy because we got through a year without any major surgeries; refer to 2016 & 2017. Happy because she’s shown me what unconditional love can do to someone’s spirit. Happy because she has been one of the best teachers I could’ve asked for. Happy most of all because of how she makes her Mama feel. Whit made a statement prior to us getting married, “I just want to be a good mom.” I don’t know why she thought she would be anything but great? She absolutely is crushing #momlife. So, before I continue about Parker being the big 0-2, I just wanted to say thank you for being everything Parker and I could pray for in a Mother and Wife!

Now, back to the Birthday Girl! 730 days of fierceness. 730 days of navigating a world that will continuously change for her. She loves to swing, ride around in her selection of vehicles (convertible, hardtop, motorcycle, and Frozen Jeep Wrangler), “help” vacuum, wrestle with Bella, and ride Lucy like a horse. She can sing like her Daddy (awesome) and dance like her Mommy (terrible). Fruit snacks seem to be her breakfast of choice, and if I’m being honest, I’m not even mad at that! I don’t know how so much energy can be put into one thing, but it seems like she’s got it all. She “draws” her parents on the chalkboard, she looks to be a right handed, and will show you her “serious face” in a heartbeat. I love everything about her. I’ve loved everything about her from the moment we locked eyes. I guess she captured me in the same way her mom captured me. She makes me feel cool about looking dumb. I love the way she makes me appreciate the moments we have. The parks, the store, wherever. If music plays and we want to dance… dang it, Parker and Daddy will stop and dance right there! That’s my baby, and I love that she loves me like she does. I might fill today with quotes from artists that I love, because here’s another one:

“I never knew a luh, luh-luh, a love like this

Gotta be something for me to write this…..

There are times, when you'll need someone

I will be by your side

There is a light, that shines

Special for you, and me”

-Common

My wife made a post on Facebook earlier about P’s birthday, and immediately the well wishes started. I said it before, and I’ll say it again, Parker is loved! I pray the effect she has on people doesn’t change. I pray she continues to be a light to someone when they’re in a dark place. Not in some Parker, help me through this time in my life by doing something special, but just a memory that helps them remember that the world isn’t all negative. Maybe that’s too much of a burden for her? Stick to topic Miles, how do we flip this? Don’t get me wrong, this is still about celebrating one amazing child. It’s also my way of dealing with how I feel about her growing up too fast. Rosanna, why do you have to remind me that the last two years just blew by? Why did I just get misty-eyed at my desk? What was I talking about? Oh yeah, celebrating life!

Parker has friends at school that she bosses around all day. We sent her to school with cupcakes today, hopefully that makes up for the past year. It also may cause her teachers to hate us; there's going to be a “Sugarnadoe” happening in that room. Good luck with nap time today! Her teachers are sad that she’s moving to a new class and I’m nervous about it, but she’s also sitting at the dinner table calling herself a “big girl.” It's obvious that the writing is on the wall. It’s time to boss up on these….I can’t finish that sentence lol. 

I was going to make this all about my emotions, but as I kept typing, nothing but cool thoughts were popping into my head. I’m proud to be her dad! We’ve got a kid who survived the last 730 days without any major injuries. I think she only fell down the steps once? She only actually needed a band-aid like twice, and trips to the Doctor’s office went down significantly. I can’t think of a better way to go into year two? I’m going to end it with this. Every birthday is going to be special. We’ll always be reminded that she’s growing up too fast, but that’s just the reality. Here’s to Parker turning two, and starting her new job at McDonald’s tomorrow!

“Then I look at you

And the world's alright with me

Just one look at you

And I know it's gonna be

A lovely day

A lovely day”

-Bill Withers