Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Whole Year? Really?

Today is Ezra's first birthday. Man, a lot has changed this year! Ezra has entertained us, marveled us, and at times even annoyed us (I know..right?) The most significant thing that he has done though has made me realize just how much God loves us. Every night Rachel and I put Ezra to bed at 8pm. We put him in his crib, put his favorite blanket over him, place a hand on him, and one of us prays for him. It is usually in this moment that I realize just how much responsibility God has given us. That He trusts us to raise this person as HE sees fit.

The fact that Ezra is God's child and that we've been given the responsibility to raise him hits like a freight train. That thought alone gives us such pleasure when we see him develop. Some of the things that he has done this year are...well, it'd be better in picture form. Enjoy!

8 comments:

Jeff Brame said...

Hes a cute kiddo. Kids are such a blessing, my son just turned 14 four days ago so it goes by fast, its like one minute your changing diapers and the next your looking at cars with them. Enjoy every moment Derrick, each minute of everyday is a blessing.

Kyle P. said...

WOW! I'm in shock! I remember walking into the hospital room just like it was yesterday. Sheesh, before you know it that kid's gonna be asking to mow my yard! I know this fer sure - he's got great parents!

Derrick Henslee said...

Jeff - I think because we started parenting a little later (I'm 31) we really haven't wanted to rush anything. We're trying hard to enjoy every day with Ezra!

Kyle - Yeah, good thing he's got a great Aunt and Uncle Panter too! Since neither Rach nor I have siblings....we've adopted you guys!

steve said...

Awesome! Cherish the times! because as Jeff said they seem to go oh so quickly! Happy Birthday Ezra!

The Beckley's said...

Happy Birthday Ezra! You guys are wonderful parents. Congratulations on the first year of parenthood! We love you,
The Beckley's

Aaron said...

awesome pics!

Jody May said...

Dude, it seems like yesterday you were down here in sunny Wellington talking about your new born baby. I hope God blesses you with many more!

Derrick Henslee said...

Man, I appreciate all the comments. I probably talk too much about the kiddo. I always said I wouldn't be one of THOSE people....but looks like I'm a dang bragger!