Love At First Sight

I love this face.


It makes my world go ’round.


Workin’ on mastering his name!  He’s doing great!

Parker’s name sign is the sign for ‘brave.‘  Pretty fitting, don’t you think?


We’ve been holding our breath, afraid that Parker may be getting sick.

There’s no way I could put Parker through such an intensive surgery this week if I thought that he was even kinda, maybe coming down with something.


Parker’s most favorite stuffie is this little pink nosed bunny. Which kinda makes Parker’s uber macho Daddy a wee bit nutso…..hee,hee.

It took me forever to get Reed to finally wear a pink dress shirt to school. Then at lunch time that day a little first grader came up to Reed and said, “Hey, Mr. Hodson!” “Did you know that you are wearing a GIRL shirt?” “Pink is for GIRLS!”

Thanks kid. I’ll most likely never get Reed back in that shirt again. I LOVE guys in pink. sigh.

Parker’s cardiologist called last night to discuss Thurday’s surgery.   He told me to make sure the anesthesiologist used lots of oxygen and had lots of NO2 available during the surgery.  Then he told me that when I found out who the anesthesiologist was going to be to have that anesthesiologist page him before the surgery started.

He wants to talk to them himself.

Thursday is going to be a wee bit stressful.


I’ve got a Missionary coming home on the 22nd. This means I need to have my freezer stocked full of cookies. It was a promise I made Brant two years ago.


Lots and lots and lots of cookies. Tonight will be Snickerdoodles, then those peanut butter cookies with the Hershey’s kiss on top and then gingerbread men!

Back when Brant was too little to see the top of the kitchen counters, I’d always spot this little had searching for cookies as I baked them. I always made sure I put some at the very edge of the counter…..right in Brant’s easy reach.

That teeny little guy is now almost 6’3″

And he still loves his Mama’s cookies.

Guess who came to see Parker yesterday?


It was love at first sight.

For them both.

About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. Oh man – those smiles and that joy – there is NOTHING BETTER – nope Nothin’!!!!!

  2. I love the pictures. He is soooo cute. I will be saying lots of prayers for everything to be smooth and allows Parker to come home fast from his surgery.

  3. what a gorgeous face!!! priceless!!!! my prayers are going up for thursday!

  4. Emily says:

    Such sweet pictures of your darling Parker! Good luck on all the cookie making! Hope the homecoming is fabulous!

  5. He’s coming HOME this month?! That’s so exciting!

    There will be cookies!

  6. Oh that pic of Parker and Santa is too cute. How great to get a missionary home right before Christmas. Parker will do great Thursday, I know it!

  7. Has it really been TWO YEARS?! Wow! Does Parker still remember Brandt? Exciting!

  8. Wow what a smile. He is so cute. I love the first picture and also the santa shot. He is loving santa. That is adorable. Wow your cookies look yummy. I could use one now while I am doing the night feed. Praying for parker to be 100% for Thursday. Sending wishes and prayers.

  9. Beckie says:

    That delight on Parker’s face while he visits with Santa is priceless. What an absolutely adorable kid! I have a little guy with DS and when he is excited about something it is contagious! Looks like Parker is the same way!

  10. Angie says:

    Brave Hero Parker’s sweet smile and gorgeous face always make me smile! I just love his “Oh my goodness it’s SANTA” hands over mouth face. TOO CUTE!
    Sending big hugs and positive thoughts your way!

  11. kaylene says:

    Parker is looking so grown up!!!!

    We will be thinking and praying for him this week. I pray the surgery will go smoothly and that Parker will be home for chistmas.

    I wonder if Parker will remember big brother?

  12. Lubs you, Parker and Mommy.

    Prayers, thoughts and hugs for Thursday. Our brave hero is a miracle. He’ll do great.


    P.S. LOVING that Santa moment!

  13. That last picture….made my heart swoon :)

  14. I love the picture. That’s so great that Parker loved Santa!!! You sound like you’ve got an awesome medical team there.

  15. My CollegeSon is travelling home tomorrow! Lots of prep here, too.

    Praying for Parker.

  16. beverly says:

    oh he is too sweet!

  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that picture of Parker with Santa!!!! He looks so happy and giddy, it makes me feel that way too, just looking at it! Oh Tammy, those cookies look wonderful! Your are such a good mom :) I am so happy that Brant is coming home!! I think of him often :)

  18. valmg

    Love these pictures, he is so beautiful!

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