Earlier this month we celebrated the birth of Parklen.......(I am WAY behind on posts and photos)
His birthday is always very emotional for me, as is the case with each child's birthday that we celebrate....but a little more so with Parklen than the rest. I believe that the extreme cases of health and crisis that have followed this boy are what makes each May 5th something so emotional.
Every year I vividly recall his first hospital visit.....every year I perfectly vision each illness, surgery and procedure he has had. Every time I voice the words, "Happy Birthday Parklen." the tears well up. I have said it many times before......but it is important that I never forget.....there was a time when we were unsure of the duration this young mans life would have. There were moments when we were nearly convinced that he would not be with us for long......
So, when Parklen turns five.....its a big deal.....in so many many ways.
This year was the first time he wasn't the baby........he is now a five year old BIG brother.....a job that he takes very seriously, and loves very much.
It was crazy around the time of his birthday.....I had just given birth to his sister.....and we were preparing for a trip down to Denver for treatments.....I could have easily forgone the party....but come one, I would never do such a thing.
It was the least amount of effort I have ever put into a party for the boys....I was tired, really really tired.....that's life. But, he still felt special and him and his friends still had a ton of fun!
And with that.....we have a five year old Parklen........where does the time go?!?!?!?!?
A fifth birthday is the perfect oppurtunity to be thankful for his medical treatment....for his doctors, nurses, medicine......the perfect oppurtunity to remember that he is nothing more than an incredible gift from God!!! A perfect chance to say Thank you for our special miracle who has defied odds, beaten expectations and warmed so many hearts......
Heres to you, our stubborn, amazing, strong, brave, handsome, funny, loud, crazy and special boy.
We love you always Parky!