firsts and lasts



ever since our children were wee i have displayed works of art by shirley lloyd-davies of dundee designs as colourful and cheerful reminders of the joys and privilege of parenting ...


and sixteen years ago i began taking 'first day of school' pictures ...


and four years later, the tradition continued ...


the race for the ride on the big yellow bus ...


this and other inspiring pieces of shirley's sit just by the boys' basket and backpack area in the kitchen ... also reminding me of the day that all the watering and tending would be so they would grow and grow ...


and confidently take flight to a dream career (right after some toast with mom's jelly!) ...


and boldly take on the 'last' first day of school (driving their own car ~ no racing to the bus this morning!) ...


one of my favourite joys of parenting was reading books to the boys ...
i couldn't help myself recently and bought this one ... you're all my favorites ~ a beautiful story by sam mcbratney and sweetly illustrated by anita jeram ~ simply to have and hold and read as it reminds me of our three little bears and how individual they are ... do you suppose they will let me read this to them tonight? wink.
guess how much i love you by sam mcbratney is one of my all time favourites ...


their dad and i are so blessed ... so proud ...

a time to embrace the many more 'firsts' to come!

i wish and pray for children everywhere to receive education and more importantly ... love ...

19 comments:

Deidra said...

Such a sweet post you've written today. I love everything about it. Absolutely everything!

orange sugar home said...

what a wonderful post!! I love that last image of the two bears snuggling with their little bears. That is exactly how I feel about our children. just blessed.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

What a tender, wise, eloquent and loving post. I hope your children get to read it one day to see just how caring their mother was - although I'm sure they already know.

Beautiful, lucky boys!

Gigi said...

Just beautiful, prairiegirl! That photo of your kids running to catch the school bus is pure magic. I was very moved by this post.

I wanted to add that I've treasured your comments on my blog. You have a way of making me think and feel and laugh that is truly a gift.

xoxo Gigi

John K said...

Beauty post mom, really good! Could have said racing the car to school, seeing as how we were a little late. Twas a nice thing to read before going to bed.

My name is PJ. said...

That was heartfelt, PG! Thanks for sharing it with us. Moms everywhere understand how it is!

Mel said...

Lovely post! Your children are blessed with a wise and loving mother as yourself.
-M

Prairie Girl Studio said...

deidra ~ i was so happy that you loved this, especially today with all you were doing for so many with your post ... thank you for your prayers! xo
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osh ~ thank you! and yes, anita jeram's gift of illustrating surely captures the bliss of being blessed ~ just blessed as you say ... xo
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bonnie ~ thank you for your kind, kind words ... i told the boys that they ought to check my blog out today and of course they raised their eyebrows ... "oh, ya?" ... but nothing touched me more than finding one of their comments here this morning ... all misty all over again ... it's the 'john k' comment ... sigh ... xo
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gigi ~ ditto ditto ditto to you my friend ~ i am always moved by your postings and comments and get this little jump for joy inside when i see 'gigi' pop up! xo
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john k ~ ahhhh, you little 'tall' dickens you ... you got me all blubbering all over again today! my heart leapt BIGtime when i saw that you commented ~ how cool of you to do that! thanks honey for your most loving words ... i hope knowing how proud dad and i are of you helped you have a really nice sleep ... and uh, next time leave earlier when you take the car ... ahem! xo
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pj ~ it is so true that everywhere moms and dads have their heartstrings tugged continuously in this journey of parenting ~ hopefully sharing these thoughts will help a parent along the way ... xo
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mel ~ thank you so much! there are days and then there are days being a parent, but more than anything i am fully grateful for the gifts of motherhood and our children ... xo

Slices of Beauty... said...

Beautiful!
Nothing beats mummy's cooking.

Kim Klassen said...

gosh darnit... johnk made me cry. i'm blubbering here!!! seriously blubbering.
and that prairie girl is why i just love your boy! boys actually...they are both so amazing!

what a gift.

your post is beautiful...as always!!

talk soon, Kim

Prairie Girl Studio said...

slices of beauty ~ many thanks for coming by! funny how we make that transition from child loving her mother's cooking to being the mummy cooking for her kids!
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kim ~ sorry to make you blubber, but i kinda thought you would ... and you know i love your boys to pieces! we are lucky fish, we are ... xo

GUGAW said...

aww cute, all grown up :)

Debra said...

What a beautiful post. What a wonderful Mom you are. I remember those back-to-school days with such fondness-it almost makes me teary. They grow so very fast. It does take a village to love and teach~ it's lovely here.

Prairie Girl Studio said...

gugaw ~ aww thanks ... they really are and have been so much fun!
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debra ~ so lovely to have you visit ... especially as you embark on celebrating your child's wedding this weekend! you are so right ... so very fast ... gotta try so hard to live in the moment ... xo

Joyce said...

I volunteer with CASA (court apointed special advocate for abuse and neglected children) I wish all children would have a loving and carrying home.

I love this book. It is funny I tell all my nieces and nephews they are my favorite someday when they reflect- I'm sure they are going to have a smile on their face. xoxo

Prairie Girl Studio said...

oh my joyce ~ what a most gracious thing you do in volunteering for these children ... it must be heartbreaking at times, but hopefully very much rewarding in others ... bless you! xo
(and yes, they will be smiling a most loving smile!)

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Time goes by so fast-mine-15,21,25(sniff) ...We all love "Guess How Much I Love You". So sweet what your son wrote on your blog-mine wrote once and it made my day! Beautiful post...
~Nancy

Carols Time Again Treasures said...

what a wonderful "tribute" to your 3 boys. You are truly a loving and caring Mom and have done a great job of raising them. One day they will be on their own with families but the love of Mom and home will always draw them back.

xxxooo Carol

Prairie Girl Studio said...

hi nancy and welcome! time does zip ~ we just have to embrace each moment ... sigh ... thanks for coming by for a visit!
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hello dear carol! thanks so much for your lovely words and ditto right back to you about raising your wonderful son! guess we are pretty lucky gals, aren't we! i am pretty grateful to still have them at home cuz i am not sure what i will do when they all fly the nest ... pg xo