A Thousand Years

Ethan ready for sledding

You know how sometimes you look at a picture of your child and your heart does that thing where it tries to burst out of your chest? This photo does that for me.

I’m not sure what it is—maybe it’s that he looks like a Gerber baby in this photo or perhaps because he was so willing to let us put him in his new sled without knowing quite what it was all about—but I look at this photo and I think, “My god I love this kid.”

This morning Ethan sat with me while I had a late breakfast (three cheers for weekend sleep-ins) and we sang.

“I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more”

I often sang this song to him while we danced around the living room when he was really small because I like it and it made him smile. I had forgotten about it until I heard it in a mall yesterday and I thought it was time we listened to it again.

“And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more”

I looked at him while we sang and thought, How could I have ever thought you’d never come to me? I’m just still so very grateful for him – my small, blond Gerber baby with the big laugh. I’ve loved him for so long.

(And PS: He loved the sled.)


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  1. He is pretty darn adorable. No wonder your heart is bursting. And I never thought of that song in relation to motherhood, but actually it’s perfect. You are very blessed. I’m glad he enjoyed the sled!

  2. There is SO much behind those big, blue eyes. Every time I see a picture of him, I kind of gasp a little, honestly. He’s so precious. I have a special song that I sing to my Boo Boo, only pausing to gnaw on his cheeks a little. :) I bet you do that a lot, too.

  3. I pretty much feel the same way about Scrumplet. Some pictures of him are just….. so him.

    Ethan is so adorable!

  4. I know that feeling exactly – and I can totally understand how that picture does it for you. It’s perfect.

    P.S. That’s one of my husband’s favorite songs, which always makes me giggle a little :)

  5. LOOK at those eyes. My goodness. And yes, I know this feeling. My oldest is 13 in 11 days. I look at her (nearly at eye level. Wench.) and wonder how this happened, why I can’t immediately call to mind her as a five year old.

  6. I love it.. the picture, the song, the memories…. :)

  7. I know that feeling so well, that loving them to bursting feeling. It is the greatest. Such an adorable photo – so glad he liked the sled. :)

  8. I’m a sucker for an Ethan! He’s so cute. He has wise eyes!

  9. That picture is adorable and I love that song.

  10. That picture is adorable (and I can’t believe you already have snow – I’m so not ready for winter yet, but all around Merritt is snow on the mountains…).
    Also – yay for relaxed weekend breakfasts!

  11. So incredibly sweet!

  12. Please excuse me while I clean up the puddle of melted heart on the floor.

  13. What a precious picture!

    And yes. That song is a great one. Even better that it brings you sweet memeories :)

  14. That picture is absolutely precious!

    And that song is so lovely… “I loved you for a thousand years…” WOW.