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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