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mother / son date: you've got each other

a few weeks ago, we took our first momma + parks date. a happy meal at "donald's" (with ketchup- like only he can say it.) we talked about school and his friends and colors and watched the cars and trucks pass the window. then we took a trip to the toy store, where he picked out a wood guitar, just like his uncle's (my brother's) that he loves. watching him run from spot to spot, with so much excitement, brought tears to my eyes. he was so happy; there was so much joy. he picked up and explored all of the fun things in his vintage pants, button-up shirt, and dapper tie. then we enjoyed an ice cream cone and ended the night listening to his favorite band, 'florida georgia line' in the car. he tenderly said, "momma, i loved it." and i totally melted. when we got home, we danced in the kitchen to the song, "cruise" as he played his new guitar. 

parks james- you are the sweetest. you are sunshine. and i am so glad that you are mine. 
i am not sure if i have ever felt such j o y as i did with you that evening.
some photos from our date out:
God knew what he was doing when he gave me two boys
i look at them often and tear-up
and think, thank you.
i was meant for this, i know 
my boots are from my site: shop olive june
a festive cookie to start the date- for my little pumpkin lover
as the boys get older, i am hoping to do a date each month (or every other) with them
some one-on-one time 
i felt like parks needed this time with me - since i have been taking care of nash so much
we also plan on doing a 'special' evening when they are older/school-age
parks' will be on the 15th of every month and nash's on the 12th 
(the day of the month each one of them was born)
where they can stay up late and do something solo with mom and dad
a game, a movie, etc. something they love.
his clothes are consignment and shoes: piper finn
here she is:
he loves his new guitar! 
i loved how he walked up to register and handed it to the sales clerk to purchase 
lastly, we heard the song below on the way to mcdonald's that night
it was my first time hearing it
...and it really hit me...
there is something about country music 
that teaches life lessons and truly speaks 
i feel like a lot of my personality, values and deep sensitivities 
have been formed by growing up and listening to these songs
it sounds cheesy, i know
but i think about this often.

and i hope my children always feel and know
that i am open to 
all the secrets in each one of their hearts
that love is love
and that 
i will always keep trying
and that
we've got each other
always
...


she'll take you in, feed your friends
her open arms are welcoming
she'll rub your back all night when you're crying
she'll listen to you tell your story
hold your fear and all your worries
help you find the truth when they're all lying
even when it's hopeless, she keeps trying

she's your mother, you love her
there won't be another place like her again that you call home
she stands here to help you, there's nothing she won't do
as long as she's alive, you're not alone, you've got each other
that's your mother

she fixes all the broken things
when you're in love, she's got a ring
to give to you, she hopes you'll give away
she doesn't care who you give it to
where they're from, if they pray like you
as long as they are good to you, that's enough 
first thing she taught you was love is love

when you fail her, when you're afraid
and crying in the careless mess you've made
she'll make you clean it up yourself and offer you a little help
and dry your weary eyes when you let her
but she'll look at you and know you can do better

she's your mother, you love her
there won't be another place like her again that you call home
she stands here to help you, there's nothing she won't do
as long as she's alive, you're not alone, you've got each other 
and the secrets in your heart she's always known

she's a beacon, a harbor
a lighthouse, her armor
a promise and a blanket when it's cold
you'll understand it more when you get older 
you've got each other
that's your mother
you've got each other
that's your mother

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