Monday, June 1, 2009

All Grown Up

Pic_for_Body_of_Blog3 On Metamorphosis Monday, most participants like to show how they’ve redone a room in their home or refinished a piece of furniture. However, since today is my middle son Brent’s 29th birthday, I thought I’d give you the story of his life in pictures, from birth to fatherhood and a new job. When you’ve finished here, be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more Met Monday.

When Brent decided that it was time for me to go into labor about 10:30 p.m. on May 31, 1980, LBeau and I were playing Bridge with my mother and daddy. My water broke, contractions started immediately, and LBeau and I headed to the hospital, leaving our oldest son Hunter with his Mema and Papa.

It was the weekend, and of course my doctor wasn’t on call. The doctor who was on call, however, was a guy that I had graduated from high school with. But at 12:30 a.m. on June 1, 1980, Brent wasn’t about to wait around, and it was time to forget modesty.

2scan0027Here he is all dressed up to go home from the hospital and mad about something.

scan0097 Brent always had the straightest, finest and blondest hair of our three boys. For his seventh birthday, it looks like I made his favorite cake, yellow cake with chocolate icing.

Brent hs graduation About the time Brent graduated from Briarwood Christian High School in 1998, his hair turned curly.

Brent and Grands The whole family was there for his graduation with honors from the University of Arkansas in 2002, including Papa, Mema Marion and Mema Martha.

Katie & Brent Brent met Katie while they were students at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. They were married December 30, 2005, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Brent graduated from RTS in May, 2006.

graduation 012 On May 17, 2009, Brent received his Master of Liberal Arts Degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. Here he is with Katie and Walker. Baby Lauren was born the next day. Although Brent didn’t hesitate to interrupt a Bridge game, Lauren was not about to mess up her daddy’s graduation.

I will be heading back to Annapolis later this month to help the four of them move to Savannah, where Brent will be teaching at Veritas Academy. Happy Birthday, Brent!!

34 comments:

Richella said...

What a lovely post! They grow up TOO FAST, don't they? And we're so proud of them. Thanks for sharing this!

Jadehollow said...

What a busy month Brent had.. Congrats on receiving his Masters and his lil princess.. and Happy Birthday!
Thanks for sharing.
Debbie

Lou Cinda said...

Kathy: What a beautiful post! How proud you must be of him. But all of his successes are a direct testimony to the kind of parents he had!! You did an outstanding job! I know you are excited to have them in Savannah!! Such a beautiful place.

Thank you for following my blog and for always leaving me such sweet comments!

Lou Cinda :)

xinex said...

Happy birthday to Brent! What a cute and smart boy! His baby pic is so precious and love his smock outfit!...Christine

marty39 said...

Happy Birthday to Brent. They do grow up so fast and change is always happening. I'm sure they're glad you're coming to help with the move. Hugs, Marty

nanny said...

Time flies by entirely too fast. Great pictures, Happy birthday Brent.

Keetha Broyles said...

This was way better than a redo of a stick of furniture, and much closer to the definition of the word too!!!

imjacobsmom said...

Cute idea for Met Monday! They grow up so fast - he sure turned out to be a fine young man - with the cutest little bug! ~ Robyn

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Oh Kathy! What a wonderful post! You must be so very proud of him and what a lovely family they are.

Thanks for sharing...I loved the storyline. Hugs, Barb

Shelia said...

Great post! This is the best transformation of all!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;) What a precious little family

Sares said...

Congrats to the Birthday boy! Savannah is a city I've always thought I would love to live in, lucky family! Have a terrific Monday!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

What a great post. It's amazing how fast kids grow. You must be so proud of your "little boy"! Thanks for sharing!

Chandy said...

Lovely post! And Happy Birthday to your son! What an accomplished young man!

Really Rainey said...

What a fun idea for a post... My favorite photo however is the one where he is mad about something and his toes are all spread out he is crying so hard! Too funny!

Have a happy week!
~Really Rainey~

Robin said...

Such a great trip down memory lane. Happy Birthday Brent!!

{{HUGS}}

Robin :o)

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What a wonderful post! Happy Birthday to Brent!

Candy said...

What a great family, congrats to the grad and his sweet family. Fun times along life's journey.

Enjoy!
Candy

Domestic Designer said...

What a great post! Happy Birthday to Brent! Have a great day!

Tonja said...

What a beautiful family! I know youare so proud of him and all he has accomplished. Savannah! I so love that city! So much to see and do, and so full of history!

Happy Birthday to your boy!

skyesofblue said...

Nice job proud Mama!

Happy Birthday Brent.

Carla said...

What a great tribute!! Happy birthday to you baby boy!!!

Roeshel said...

Aw...what a sweet post! I loved seeing his 'transformation'. They certainly do grow up too fast.

Thanks for sharing.
Happy Birthday Brent!

Dixie said...

What a beautiful post... and just so you know... you'll always be welcome at French Lique... the invitation is open...

hugs.. Dixie

ps... you wouldn't believe how many people do just drop by and wait for me on the porch... LOL

Dixie said...

What a beautiful post... and just so you know... you'll always be welcome at French Lique... the invitation is open...

hugs.. Dixie

ps... you wouldn't believe how many people do just drop by and wait for me on the porch... LOL

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

What a wonderful post. Happy Birthday Brent!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

What a wonderful Metamorphosis! I know you are so proud of Brent...he has achieved so much and what a beautiful family! They look soooo happy! Savannah is a wonderful place...he can say Hi to Paula Deen for me!
:-) Glad you like the new template. I'm going to try to do a post about it sometime soon...so many folks have asked about it.
:-) Happy Met Monday! Susan

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

I love reading the story about Brent. Let me first say how cute his little baby picture was with his little spread eagle toes! Love his little smocked outfit.

He is a wonderful son, I can surely tell. I know he has made you proud and that you have a wonderful family. Thanks for sharing and Happy Birthday to him!

Thanks for your visit over on 47th Street today!

darnold23 said...

Happy birthday Brent. I am wishing you and your beautiful family all good wishes. It is so nice to reconnect with your mom after our days at the UA...she is such a wonderful lady. Of course, I am certain that you know that already. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments - especially those beautiful babies.:)

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Isn't it amazing how it all goes by so fast!? Yes, we need to learn to treasure each moment because time does go by so quickly. Thank you for sharing your son with us! Stop by and visit and if you like what you see, don't forget to click the "follow" button so that we can inspire each other more often!

Lisa Ring said...

Great pictures, and a great post! Happy birthday, Brent! You were such a cute toddler, and now you have babies of your own. I am so proud to know you are doing well.

Bo said...

Hi Kathy...I've missed visiting your blog since I've been on break, but I'm so glad I made it by for this wonderful post about Brent. I also peeked down & saw the precious little outfit for Baby Lauren...adorable. See ya after Colorado...;-) Bo

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Children growing up are the ultimate metamorphosis. You son has turned into a fine man & father. You should be a proud mama (and I know you are).

Kammy said...

Such a sweet post Kathy ! You have such a lovely family...love the pictures and sure can tell you are proud !
Hugs ~ Kammy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Great looking family. Happy Birthday Brent. Good luck with the move. laurie