Go, Grow, Glow

Go, Grow, Glow

Our kids grow up so fast. I felt like I’m chasing after time. One moment I am helping my son make his first baby steps and the next thing I know I’m gasping for air as I chase him across the soccer field.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

This week’s photo challenge is all about growth and I wish to share something that is personal to me. It’s about my son’s growth and development from infancy to toddlerhood. Today, for the first time, I get to share his adorable baby photos.

As I browsed at his old pictures, I felt like I moved back in time. I found myself misty eyed as each image reminded me of a memory. A memory with its own story to tell.

Some of these stories had heartaches and sadness in them while others were full of  joy and laughter. In all of them, I saw an outpouring of blessings. Blessings that gave me and my wife happiness and hope during our toughest battles. He was and still is our little angel sent from heaven. His smile gave us the strength to overcome anything and lit every corner of our heart.

I remember how I used to carry him in my arms or on top of my shoulder as we go around the Union Square Park in San Francisco. After our walks, we would head to Macy’s for some window shopping then eat at Cheese Cake Factory. His favorite up to this day was macaroni and cheese. Sometimes we’ll order pizza, his other favorite food.

This photo was at the Christmas section of Macy’s. It was our last Christmas in San Francisco before moving to Texas. So much beautiful memories. Every now and then, my wife and I would reminisce the fun and happy days we had in California. We remembered the good times we had with friends and our humble beginnings. Sometimes we still miss it. It’s true when they say, “I left my heart in San Francisco.”

There was this park in the Bay area where we would go late in the afternoon to play and watch the sunset. It was here that my son first learned how to slide and ride the swing. With his parents help of course.

In 2008, we spent an unforgettable vacation in the Philippines. We celebrated his second birthday with the entire family. He met his cousins for the first time. It was a beautiful sight seeing all of them play and share stories like they were long-lost best friends.

His grandma ordered a huge Safari themed birthday cake. It was a cake layered with  sweet love and adventure. The next day, we had the cake left over as our breakfast dessert. It was so delicious I ate several slices. We all had smudges of green icing on our faces.

Discovering the “gift and magic” of being around kids of his age. In this photo, my son collected rubber bugs with his cousin Cody. Both of them can no longer remember that once they played, “Who has the fastest bug” relay. They both won.

Right after the birthday party, he opened his gifts. One of them was a battery operated race car. In this photo, he was about to catch the zooming car with the help of his grandpa.

The first time my son stepped on the white sands of Boracay, he gave us a “That’s yucky” look. He thought the sand felt strange and refused to walk on them barefoot. Today, he loves the beach like it’s his second home. Just last week, at Clearwater beach he covered both his legs with sand while waiting for me to swim with him.

 The times we spent with our children is never enough. If only there is an option to slow down time. One day, our kids will all be grown up and ready to face the world on their own. They have to leave home so they can follow their dreams and build a new home of their own. A new home where they can create their new memories with their future children. For now, we all should try to make the most of whatever time we have because there is no stopping growth and all the changes it brings. The road of childhood is shorter and quicker than we think. And it gets quicker when our children starts running.

Today, I get to share with you once again a merging of my four favorite photo challenges which are the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth, Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Leading Lines ,  Jake’s Sunday Post: Road and my recent Weekly Image Of Life: A Lifetime Of Memories. Photo challenges are more that just a source of inspiration. They are a venue for us to create something “new” and amazing.  Something that we will relive and celebrate again and again.

Thank you for sharing your day with me. I hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane. Wishing you and your family a lifetime of beautiful, glowing memories.

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A devoted husband and father who tries to make a positive difference in the lives of his family and friends. A person who finds inspiration and strength on those he loves and who loved him in all aspects of his life.
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105 Responses to Go, Grow, Glow

  1. dadirri7 says:

    beautiful post, thank you for sharing those so very sweet baby pictures! he is doubly blessed to have such loving parents who appreciate the gift of his life and take such great care of him …. soon he will be a man and pass that love on to his own children :)

    • island traveler says:

      Thank you my friend. We are very fortunate to be blessed with a loving and beautiful son. God is good.

  2. I love those curls! What a beautiful baby boy you were blessed with. I’ll never forget my mother’s words to me when I first brought daughter #1 to her home. “Enjoy her now. They are only loaned to you for a little while.”

    • island traveler says:

      I agree Georgette. Childhood is a happy and magical moment that goes by quickly. We need to enjoy and cherish each moments that we have with them. Thanks.

  3. How very precious he is ….. I would have a hard time not hugging him constantly. You ARE indeed a very fortunate man to have this wonderful gift. It is his existance that will continue to bring you everything you will need for happiness in life. A gift you have a responsibilty to take care of. How fortunate he is to have you doing that for him. Your family is always a joy to see. You are a very special person to have been given this very special gift. Treasure him always …..!!!!

    • island traveler says:

      Thanks Isadora. He and his mom are my riches here on Earth. They make me believe that I can do anything. They give me reasons to smile and be happy. They are my truest blessings. They made me feel what love is.

  4. adinparadise says:

    Your post is really beautiful, and your son is adorable. You’re so right when you say that we cannot spend too much time with our children. They grow up so fast, and we don’t want to miss a moment of their fun and share in their wonder of being a child. That Safari themed birthday cake is awesome. What a lovely grandma to think of it. :)

    • Yes, they grow up so quickly. His grandmas from both sides are all generous. His grandma from my wife’s side just gave him a big Lego star wars of his dreams and he was so overjoyed. It’s like having an advance Birthday present. Thanks for sharing.

  5. bulldogsturf says:

    What a lovely blog.. what you sow so shall ye reap… loving parents create lovely children that grow up to be loving parents… I love it…

  6. Lisaman says:

    He is just too gorgeous…wonderful!!

  7. mimijk says:

    Magnificent little boy who is magnificently loved.!!

    • A post filled with love and generosity. You have a beautiful and wonderful family that is always there for each other no matter what. These are inspiring, ““This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It’s knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.” Thanks. Best wishes…

  8. misswhiplash says:

    you are one very proud Father and what a lot you have to be proud of..He is such a sweet, adorable child. I bet he is just like his Dad, with a sprinkle of his Mother’s beauty.
    Thank you IT for the privilege of finally meeting your son……

    • island traveler says:

      He does look more like my wife but with my personality, mostly. Including my mood swings. ha, ha, ha. One day, when he is all grown, this blog will be my gift to him. It’s his way to back and relive his childhood all over again. Thanks for sharing.

  9. These pictures bring tears to MY eyes. Go figure that one out! Your son is absolutely beyond precious. Thank you for sharing the stories and these beautiful photos, IT.

  10. Loved it! I marvel everyday how quick my children are growing. Out of my five, my third oldest is a high school senior and preparing to leave the nest. I never could have imagined this far into the future – but now it is my present. Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos. My children always love to see the photos of them when they were younger. Your children will thank you for capturing these moments.

  11. sutira says:

    What a beautiful boy! He looks so adorable and HAPPY!

    • island traveler says:

      Thank you. He is a happy kid except when he is sleepy and hungry. He’s like me. Ha, ha, ha.

  12. suellen1234 says:

    Your son is blessed to have a father like you. And, he is adorable!!

  13. You are truly blessed to have such a beautiful son.

  14. Thanks for sharing the photos and memories of your son’s growth – - family is such a blessing:)

  15. Northern Narratives says:

    A wonderful post filled with love. Thanks for bringing smiles to my face :)

  16. shoes says:

    “The times we spent with our children is never enough.” – such truth in these words. I beautiful post with beautiful pictures of a beautiful baby boy. I also get misty eyed when I look back on the baby pictures, the toddler pictures, for now they are little boys quickly approaching adulthood as I try to hold on.

  17. To precious for words. You have a beautidul and blessed little family.

  18. lifeofministermom says:

    He is adorable!!! Many blessings to you and your family.


  19. scrapydo says:

    This is awesome! You could kiss him and hold him forever! Thanks for sharing all these beautiful photos

    • island traveler says:

      When I looked at the pictures, I suddenly remembered how he was when he was smaller. It made my eyes teared up a bit. Beautiful memories. Thanks .

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  21. Great photos, especially the one of him running toward you.

  22. fgassette says:

    What a beautiful little boy you have. They grow fast but the love grows deeper. Thank you for sharing your precious one with us.


    • island traveler says:

      Thanks Francine. They do grow fast. I’m trying to celebrate his youth for as long as I can.

  23. amira says:

    May you have a lovely time following the growth of your son.
    They sure do grow up fast and we go througha lovely journey marvelling at the cutest things they do, the naughtiest stuff they do … the journey of growth is simpley wonderful.
    hugs to your son :)

  24. thirdeyemom says:

    Such a beautiful precious post! I know exactly how you feel as I watch my children grow. Enjoy and embrace every minute of the time you share with your child.

    • island traveler says:

      Thank you. Yes, the times we spent with them is never enough. I wish I can work less and spend more time with him but then in the real world, out time is not totally ours. Have a safe trip my friend.

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  26. Connie T says:

    Those are cute photos. I made a photo book of some of my son’s pictures. You can have them printed into a book. My son does not care, but he might like them when he gets older.

    • island traveler says:

      Thanks Connie. Yes, one day, your son will hug and kiss you for creating a beautiful album that celebrates his wonderful childhood.

  27. Absolutely adorable! You are truly blessed. I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. I feel like I get a glimpse into paradise every time you post.

  28. ailsapm says:

    Beautiful post, Mr B – you’re a great dad, and have a beautiful son. xxx Ailsa

  29. Lisa at fLVE says:

    Very cute kid. :) I recognize Union Square.

    • Thank you. One of my regrets was not fully enjoying the many beautiful sceneries of California before relocating. Perhaps one day, I get to bring my son and show him the things and places that made me smile while I was still there.

  30. Cheryl says:

    Spectacular array of photos and memories, Mr. B. My son is 43 and your interpretation of this week’s challenge sent me to look at old photo albums in storage. Thank you!

    • Oh, wow. Your son is 43. That’s 43 years of beautiful memories. You are truly blessed my friend. I hope you get to share those old photos…I bet there are filled with happy memories!

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  32. Indira says:

    Hi, You are blessed with an adorable child. They grow so fast, then only memories are left. You reminded me of my children. Loved all the photos.

    • Thank you. Now I know what my parents felt when they raised 6 children and how it caused them sadness when one by one, we had to live to raise a family of our own.

  33. Sunshine says:

    A beautiful set of curls your son has, oh, so cute…I see a handsome fellow down the road, dad, and a line of wanna be girl friends. Haha…:)
    Awesome, Island T.

    • island traveler says:

      Thanks Sunshine. Hmm…
      I just hope he will treat all the girls he will meet with love and respect. True beauty is in the heart and the values he will keep.

  34. As always, I love all your pictures, but two in particular stands out:
    (1) That cake–holy moly, would my younger self have enjoyed that to pieces . . . OK, well, crumbs!
    (2) The one of your son in his green and yellow polo shirt. My son has (and often wears!) that exact same shirt, so it just feels so . . . fortuitous somehow, and sweet, to see it here. :)

    • Thanks Deborah. Wow, what a coincidence. Same shirt for the joys of our lives. When I look at your son’s pictures, they remind me of my son when he was that age. Enjoy each second with him. Younger years fly by quickly. Stay blessed my friend.

  35. Valentina says:

    Cute boy, your love for him is so palpable. God bless him.

  36. angrygaijin says:

    ‘Adorable’ is an understatement! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCUTE! :D

    • island traveler says:

      Thank you. Looking at his baby pictures made me wish that I have another baby. Oops!

  37. misswhiplash says:

    Nothing at all to do with your blog…but i see great distress in the Phillipines with flooding etc… i do hope that if you are there that you are ok and if some of your family is still there I hope that they are safe

    • island traveler says:

      Thank you for sharing your concern and prayers. I’m now back in Texas but a part of me still lives in the Philippines. It is a sad tragedy. I hope and pray for the victims and their families.

  38. Aww so cute! I can’t believe that time will soon make this little angel a grown up man!

    • He kept saying lately, “I’m a big boy now!” I smile every time with a bit of ache in my heart knowing he is growing fast…and one day he will have to follow his own dreams…the dreams of a young man full of possibilities. Thanks.

  39. Wonderful post and your son is adorable! Your love for your son just pours out in this post :)

    Have a great day!!

  40. Karen Wan says:

    So true about children growing up so quickly! I’m always amazed how fast my boys are growing up and do my best to appreciate them. Your son is so cute, thanks for sharing these photos!

  41. Fergiemoto says:

    Precious photos and memories!

    • island traveler says:

      Thank you. Pictures are a way for us to go back and remember. It took me a while to choose the pictures because I ended up reminiscing the past.

  42. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Island Traveler, I missed this Post before and so I missed seeing your beautiful son, I have wanted so much to see him, I’m so thankful I found it. How very blessed you are and how very blessed he is to have you as Parents, I can’t say anymore, I’m in tears, not of sadness, Joy for you, how very blessed you all are.

    Christian Love Anne

    • island traveler says:

      Anne, I truly appreciate the beautiful and loving sharing every time. You and Ron shared to us Christian love and brotherhood in the most generous way. Seeing my son;s old pictures made me misty eyed. How time flies. Thank you my friend.

  43. dearrosie says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos/moments/memories with us. You are blessed. It’s good you already know to enjoy each day because the years fly by and before you know it your cute little boy will be an adult sitting next to you on the beach chair. I think the speed with which my kids grew is what took me by surprise. They’re both adults now…

    • island traveler says:

      Thank you for sharing these and more, ” I think the speed with which my kids grew is what took me by surprise. They’re both adults now…” I’ve seen how heart broken my parents were when we had to go and follow our own destiny and also to see them so happy whenever we visit them. I know one day, I will be in my parents shoes. I just wish I am strong as them.

  44. cuhome says:

    Yes, each moment is a blessed one, we just have to look, listen, smell, taste and feel in order to find that blessing–it’s already there!! Thanks for your beautiful blog, and the many, many moments of pleasure and enjoyment I’ve received while enjoying your posts!!! :)

  45. island traveler says:

    Thank you my friend for sharing a beautiful comment. Each moment is a gift and a blessing. May we never forget and may we always find it in our hearts to be thankful, and in our minds to remember.

  46. Sabina Brave says:

    He had beautiful curly hair. But he is still cute little man. :)

  47. eof737 says:

    He is such a cutie and a blessed kid. Your memories will fill his heart with joy when he is older… Keep it up ;-)

  48. The Guat says:

    I absolutely love these pictures. They are so great. I’m not a great photographer like you, but I’ll sure make it my goal to capture moments like these.

    • Thanks Guat. I simply follow the adventures of the day with my iPhone camera. The magic is in the moment and it will always show in your images. You already have the passion in your heart…the rest will follow.

  49. What a moving post. You have such a cute little guy. That last photo is a work of art! It captures so much in one instant, one happy little boy running joyfully, happily into his future as he grows up. And I know that smile on his face is because he is also happily running into his loving Daddy’s arms.

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