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Friday, December 28, 2007

Parker's First Christmas

We had a wonderful time in NY with the Riese family! Here are the photos that captured some of of time there! Parker was a great traveler and I had a fun time in the back seat, while Abbey bonded with Mike up front! We hope you all had a wonderful time this Christmas too!
May God bless you all in the New Year!
Jenn, Mike& Parker
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Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Letter -2007

WOW! Here we are again! It is amazing how fast the year flew by! Of course, this time last year-we had just found out the exciting news that we were expecting! The wonder of whom this "first" baby would be, would it be a healthy pregnancy and would he/she be with us for Christmas 2007?! Well, God answered our prayers and gave us Parker on August 27th and we rejoice for his healthy birth! At this time of year,we are reminded of the most precious baby given to us all, Jesus! He is the joy and the reason for the season! We are so grateful to God for ALL that he has done this year for us and we look forward to so many "firsts" in the next year with Parker.
Here is a reflection of the year for us:
Mike consumed more hours then he ever would have imagined with PWC and is grateful that the "distant-travel" to clients has dropped! He stayed involved with men's softball (and that is where we were most Friday nights)! Despite his crazy work schedule, he still finds time for Me, Parker (Abbey) and the good ol' X-box!
Jenn-finished out 7 years of teaching in June! We knew with the intense work schedule as a teacher,(the papers, being a leader of a team, (need I say any more) it would be so intense for me as a first time mom! God has allowed for me to stay home (financially) and do what I have dreamed of for many years- being a mom! It has been the most rewarding and challenging job! My day begins about 5:30 AM and I am ready to crash around 9PM! Yet, I have found the time and energy to continue playing "Bunco" in the neighborhood! It has been a great time for me to fellowship with the girls- and Mike to bond with Parker! ( I love the first Tuesday of the month!) I just took on a babysitting job 2 days a week! I watch a little 5 month old girl, Kailee! Her mom is a 3rd grade teacher (2 days a week) in the public school setting! I am BUSY these 2 days and yet, so thankful that God opened the door for a small job for me and some great socialization for Parker!
Mike and I have taken a year off of teaching Sunday School this year so we can focus on being "new parents!" We have been ministered to on Sunday's through the Young Marrieds Group . It has been a joy to have the prayer, support and hear their sides of being parents too!
Our letter would not be complete with out a few words about Parker and must we not forget "Miss Abbey!"
Parker will be 4 months old on Thursday! WOW! He is a blast! He has been very predictable with the sleep world- he crashes around 7 PM and he is up around 5 or 5:30! We are very grateful for the "sleepful nights" (knock on wood)! His personality is coming out more and more each day! He is grabbing for things and loves to smile when you sing to him! We can not wait for Christmas next year and see him "so into everything!"
Abbey has had a year of changes with Parker and my new schedule of being home! She has accepted Parker and has even protected him already (one night she was winning in his room, and basically told us he needed to be changed!) She LOVES having me home and being able to have time all day to chase her friends! She will always be our "girl-" but don't tell her that we love Parker more!

So here we are with Christmas just 6 days away! We will be joining Mike's family for Christmas and we are in the chaos of packing, (I am baking cookies like crazy) and wrapping gifts for my family. We would love to spend Christmas with all of you! We have really treasured the time so many of you took this year to visit and the gifts that were given as we welcomed Parker! It has been such a blessed year we have continually appreciated all the love and prayers!

May you all have a wonderful Christmas Holiday!
Love and Prayers for the new year!
Mike, Jenn, Parker and Abbey Riese

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

3 & 1/2 month old update

Parker is 3 & 1/2 months old~It is amazing how he has changed in just 3 months!
He is a drooler (big time) but a very happy ,baby boy! Mike loves to come home and have a "conversation" with him! It is really funny to watch them!
We are enjoying his new phases and looking forward to his first Christmas with Mike's family. With that said...Our biggest challenge is car rides...if he is tired he does not mind his car seat and will fall asleep quickly! However, if he is not tired-HE WANTS OUT! He does not like being confined to the car seat. So, Baby Einstein toys and some other gadgets have seemed to entertain him (from the top of his car-seat) for most of the car rides! Since this is our biggest challenge...we are planning to get most of the trip to NY done during the time he sleeps! (Looks like we will be driving during the night!) It will be an adventure!

Blessings to you all,

Thanksgiving photos and time in TN

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Trey & Parker

Well I just got back from TN!
Parker and I went up for 3 days to spend time with, David, Joy and his new "cousin" Trey!
Their first real visit together was ;sleeping and eating!
It was a memorable time for Joy and me. I will post more photos on a slide show and share more memories later!
I am off to bed and need some rest before Parker wakes up!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Parker's Baby Dedication

"Like Father-Like Son!"
(The program from the bulletin)

"Aunt Yvette feeding Parker during Lunch today!"

Today we had Parker's Baby dedication! It was a special way to end this Thanksgiving Holiday. Parker is our special gift this year that we are so thankful for him! It was a special day that we will remember. We were so thankful for special friends,"Uncle Kendall & Aunt Samantha & Aunt Yvette" who came to be a part of this service today. We had a special reception time with 8 other couples before the service and even got a professional photo as well! It will be neat to see which of the boys become some of Parker's buddies.(We got a kick out of Parker's name today; one of the boys has the name" Parker" as his middle name and 2 girls have "Reese" as their middle names!) We never knew how popular "Parker" and "Reese" would be!

Mike and I are recognizing the vast responsibility of parenthood! It is our deepest prayer for Parker to one day come to know the Lord as his personal Savior!A special thank you to our parents, who have been so influential in our lives! You have helped mold us to be who we are today! We pray we will be encouraging and godly parents to Parker, like you were to us! We know that the 4 of you (Big Poppy & Grandma Riese & PaPa& Grammy Clark) wanted to be here, but the video camera was there today to record this milestone for us all!

Parker, we love you!
We are praying for you to be a godly man!
(II Timothy 2:15)
Mommy & Daddy

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

3 Months old!

We took Parker to an Atlanta Hawks Game (Tuesday night) so here are a few photos from the event! Mike got us tickets in the PWC box so it was great to have that space for the sake of Parker! Mike is happily kissing Parker's belly (as I was trying to put his pj's on!) The last photo is our good friends, Kendall & Samantha who joined us for the game last night!
As of 11/20 Parker is 3 months old! He is so happy and LOVES to make "loud screams of joy, and usually kicking his feet!" (I think he takes after his dad!) We are looking forward to celebrating Parker's first Thanksgiving on Thursday!

We have 6 guests coming to celebrate with us. Mike's friend Chris Bray (his parents and Brother) and Mike's other 2 friends, Chris Fox & Erin will all be joining us! Today I am preparing my mom's homemade rolls (they have taken me 5 years to succeed at) and I am making 2 other casserole dishes! I keep hearing about this thing called "Turducken" (it is a turkey, with a duck and chicken inside of it) and I am really curious if any of you are going to attempt to make one or eat one this holiday?

We hope you all have a Wonderful Thanksgiving and reflect on all that God has given to you!
We are very grateful to God for our little Parker and look forward to his first Thanksgiving Celebration!
Blessings to you all,
Jenn, Mike and Parker

Saturday, November 17, 2007

He's Engaged!

Here is the next Mr. & Mrs. Riese... officially in May 2008!

Baby Phil (as Mike and his brother Brian call him) is officially engaged!
Last Saturday, Phil proposed to Miracle at Camp BaYouCa (where they met-just like Mike and me) and she happily said "Yes!"
This is a big year for Mom & Dad Riese as they have many milestones to cherish; Grandma Parker's homegoing (Feb.),Phil's College graduation (May), first grandchild-Parker(Aug), Brian's wedding (October), and Phil's engagement (November)! This will be a very memorable year for all of us Riese's!
The Lord has really blessed us all this year. It is a true blessing for me to be a part of such a wonderful in-law family! I feel very blessed.
Phil and Miracle, may God bless you two in your future marriage!
Mike, Jenn & Parker

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Training for the 4th of July

I have a new goal that I am aiming to reach on the 4th of July;
Mike and I are planning to run "The Peachtree" Race in downtown Atlanta on the 4th of July! It is 5 mile race! I am running on the treadmill 3-4 times a week and do 1 & 1/2 miles in 20 minutes! So hopefully, come early spring I will be close to the goal! I have never run a race before, and really look forward to it! We will be joining our good friends Samantha and Kendall! I know Samantha is looking forward to running it for the 3rd year in a row! Also, she will have just had their first baby 2 months it is her goal to be in it following birth! Being a "stay at home mom", I am now able to do some things for myself now that I never did when I was teaching! The most challenging part about training is just trying to figure out how long Parker will actually sleep and getting the running in~ I will keep you posted on this goal. We have to sign up for the race immediately when it comes out in the paper because so many people apply each year! If you don't do it right away, you won't get a number! Fingers crossed and aiming high!
Parker's update:
He is 12 weeks old!

Here is a picture I love...Abbey protecting Parker while he was taking a little nap on Sunday afternoon! Abbey has really accepted Parker, but she is still trying to figure out what great "food" item is caught in his mouth at times! (Translated, she found a pacifier on the floor one night, and she brought it up to Mike! We were laughing so hard! She really wanted to know what to do with it!)

Blessings to you all,

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Parker's First ...and Mommy's first!

Parker (11 Weeks old) & Trey Ashworth (1 week old)!

The Proud Parents:
My best friend Joy, her husband David and their new bundle of "joy":
Thomas David Ashworth III (Trey)
Born: 10/30/07
Weight/ Height: 6 lbs. 14oz & 19 inches long

Parker's newest playmate- Trey
Parker is 11 weeks old and ok "we will admit it~ 'perfect in our eyes!" We adore him more and more each day! Not a day goes by where we do not thank the Lord for him! He is getting more aware of his surroundings each day and has discovered Abbey the dog! He doesn't mind her licks at all. His "coo's" and "caw's" are music to our ears right now! He has got to be close to 15 pounds by now! He is growing like a weed and from what I am told - he has inherited the "Parker family -baby phase- chubby legs!"
Yesterday, Parker and I went for "his first" time to TN! We went to meet his new "cousin" Trey Ashworth! It was "my first" time to ever leave the house for a daily adventure, with NO WALLET! Thank goodness that God protected me and after 2 and 1/2 hours I made it with out running out of gas! I did not realize that I had "no wallet" until we had gone out to lunch! Joy and David filled me up with gas before I returned home! What are great friends for?!! I am so glad we made that decision to take Trey out for the first time and have lunch! (I could have been stuck on the side of the road some where if we had never gone out to lunch!) I drove home carefully, so no cops would notice me at all!
Parker seemed so "BIG" compared to "Tiny, Teriffic, Trey!" It is special to Joy and me to have had our first babies just 2 and 1/2 months apart! We feel extra blessed that they are so laid back, great nursing boys, and each have great temperments (thus far!) We hope it lasts a long time! It was a special treat to see her mom too who is visiting till next Tuesday. Parker and I will go back up next Wed and stay for a few days to keep Joy company and get to know Trey better!

Blessings to you all,
Jenn, Mike and Parker

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Trick or Treat!

Parker is 10 weeks old and got dressed up for the Fall Festival at our Church!
Now all he wanted to do was sleep...(it was from 6-8 PM) but he was a great trooper ! He had so many cooing all over him! Especially the 8th grade girls that Mike and I used to teach in Jr. High Sunday School!
It was fun to have him here and be a Pumpkin this year!
Happy Fall to ya'll!
Jenn, Mike and Parker :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We are back!

We are back from Uncle Brian and Aunt Courtney's wedding! I do not know where to begin!
Looking back, there was so much that happened ! It was the most elegant wedding Mike and I have ever been a part of. (As every couple would say~ "our wedding was the best" and we feel that way about ours!) But, It was a weekend full of celebrations and we felt catered to and enjoyed the time with the family!
Parker and I woke up at 4:30 AM Thursday to get to the airport. Mike took us in and escorted me to security. It pays to have a stroller! I got to go to the front of the line! Parker was so good~ he slept on the planes and made my stress a really light load!
Thursday, when we arrived my in- laws picked us up. They happily watched Parker and I went to dinner with all the girls in the wedding party.
Friday morning we had a Bridal Brunch and Courtney presented our gifts to us! It was a real special treat to be catered to in that way! Mike arrived Friday afternoon and went to pick his tux up! Later we discovered that he got Brian's and there was no tux order for Mike, Courtney's Dad and her brother! In the end, the store had a tux for all 3 of them by Saturday AM. They all ended up getting their tuxes for free! (You are probably laughing if you know how frugal my dear Mike is~for him to have this happen was wonderful! He loved every minute of it! )
Mom and Dad Riese had a wonderful Rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and family at (a french restaurant in DC)! It was precious to get to know Courtney's family and hear some special stories about the 2 of them! One funny side note about the dinner: Dad Riese wanted to hold Parker after dinner! I happily told Dad Riese he could hold him (knowing he'd been working on a diaper) and when he picked him up the diaper had exploded through his clothes and it was all over Dad Riese's hands! Of course it went all over Parker's cute outfit too! Thank goodness I had his pajamas with me! We all just laughed and laughed! Dad Riese was much more reluctant to just pick him up after that!
Saturday~ All of us girls were at the salon that morning and Mike was so supportive and hung out with us! He actually was there to watch Parker and took him so I could go with the girls to the church!
The reception was our favorite! The wedding started at 6:00 and we did not end until 1:00AM! Like I said, it was a memorable time but we were zombies flying home on Sunday! The Family loved seeing Parker and we were so glad to be a part of this celebration! We are so happy to finally have Courtney a part of the Riese family! I am thrilled to finally have another girl in the family!
CONGRATULATIONS to Brian and Courtney!
May God Richly bless your marriage!
Blessings to you all,
Jenn, Mike and Parker

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Growing like a weed!

Parker had his 2 month old Checkup today and he is 13.7 lbs& 24 in.
He is in the 90th percentile for his weight and in the 75th percentile for his height! Overall he is where a 3 and 1/2 month old should be! So glad that the breastfeeding is working! We are now into a great eating/sleeping routine ; he eats every 3 &1.2 to 4 hours and on October 12 he started sleeping longer then 7 hours! We put him to bed around 9:00 and he is up between 5 and 5:30! We are so thankful for his health thus far!

He did get his shots today too and that was so hard for mommy to hear that whaling cry! However, we want him to be healthy so we have to get those vaccines! I am so thankful for a healthy and happy baby boy! He has been such a joy in our lives! Mike loves to come home and bond with him! The latest has been his loud coos and the smiles~which has taken our breath away!
I am in the middle of preparing for the big event and have so much to do before early Thursday AM arrives!
We will post the photos from the wedding once we return!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

2 months old!

October 20th, Parker turned 2 months old!
He is now smiling and really happy to see our familiar faces. He was alert and interactive at times when his cousins were here! I was so spoiled having my sisters here! It was a real blessing! The house is so quiet now, and we miss the sounds of Josh yelling "Sam" and Sam yelling "Jah!" The cousins sure got close! (Bitting, sharing paci's, food, blankets and all~ What are cousins for?!) Josh was completely in awe of Baby Parker and he loved to come up and kiss him! We have so many photos from the week and I will try to put up a slide show soon!
This is the big week we have been planning for...Mike's brother,Brian is getting married on Saturday in Washington DC! Parker will be taking his first plane ride with me on Thursday. Mike will fly in Friday! Please Pray for me~I have never traveled on a plane with my baby! (I at least realized 2 weeks ago, that I needed his birth certificate to travel; so I went to the health department and got it! Then, 3 days later his social security card arrived! It is so unpredictable when all the legal documents will arrive by mail! I am so glad that I have both now!) So he can travel! But ~ thinking of all that this wedding will take to prepare and get us there is what makes me tired and not sleep well! My sister Jolyn is the "travel mom expert" and she has really convinced me to just check the stroller and car-seat through and use the baby Bjorn! I think it will make my travel easier.I will be so happy to finally be there and celebrate the time with the family. I am so grateful for a happy and content baby that hopefully will make the trip as smooth as can be for me the first time mom. We are so happy for Brian and Courtney and can't wait to have her officially apart of the the Riese Family on Saturday!
Blessings, Jenn, Mike and Parker

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sisterly Surprise!

Another big surprise arrived last night! My older sister Jodi and 19 month old nephew, Josh arrived last night at 10:30! The funny thing is that Mike and I were babysitting for Jolyn and Eric so they could go out to dinner! Little did we know that "their shopping after dinner in Atlanta" was a special trip to the airport to get them! Jodi really tricked me well and was talking to me on her cell phone when they were pulling in the driveway. She continued to talk as she entered the house and really got me good!!! She really surprised me and has made this a very memorable birthday. (One of the fun ways to have family members live away and find fun ways to surprise them!) *I think they really came to see the most important person in our house, Parker! I am so glad to have them here and we look forward to the outlet shopping, eating out, cooking together and being sisters! I miss my sister Julie and hopefully next year we can all be together for the CSR (Clark Sister Reunion!)
We will post some photos soon of the cousins and us sisters!

Monday, October 15, 2007

He got me good!

Mike calls me "J-Lo" so they wrote "Jay-Lo" on the plate at Cbeesecake Factory! (LOL)

Celebrating my 30th with "goofy" Mike, my sister Jolyn and brother-in-law, Eric!
So the big 30th was yesterday for me, and Mike fooled me!
I had the whole day planned (so I thought!) Little did I know that almost 20 guests would be awaiting our return from eating out at the Cheesecake Factory! Mike threw a big Surprise Party for me! Our good friend and baby-sitter "Aunt Yvette" (who I had all set up to babysit) was informed 3 days prior that she was not just our sitter, but also to greet all our guests while we were away! I am still amazed how he made all these random calls on my cell phone and pulled it all off with out me knowing! Thanks to Samantha and Kendall for getting all the food, cake and goodies and playing dumb all day with me!
" Mike, you did a great job and I am so appreciative for a wonderful birthday celebration you had for me!"
I love you!

Jolyn has photos and a video from the night! I will post them soon!
Thanks again to all of you who were in on the celebration.
Jenn : )

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Good bye 20's! Hello 30's!!

Photo to left: Parker poses with Mommy as she gets ready to go out to eat!
Photo below: Parker attended his first wedding on 10/13 and poses with Dad in his spiffy outfit!

Yup, today is officially the big "30!"

The last 7 birthday's were spent "BIG" with my students and this birthday is a special one! I am no longer spending it with a class full of children, but I am thrilled to be spending it with our little boy Parker (and extra special to have my sister Jolyn, Eric and Sam here too!) It is so precious to finally have Parker here for my 30th birthday (even though he has no clue!)
It is amazing to look back on my life the last 10 years and see how I was just getting established and finding out who I was, and what I wanted to do! Well, here we are in the beginning of the 30's and life is established and it is rewarding to find so much joy and purpose in being Michael's wife and now Parker's mom! I hope that in the next 10 years I will look back on my 30's and see so many more exciting things that happened and count for God's glory!
Thank you to so many of you for the cards and gifts! I am looking forward to a great year and can't believe all that has happened in the last 10 years! I feel very blessed to be a child of God, a loved and encouraged daughter by my godly parents and in-laws, a sister to 3 great sisters and the best.... a wife to a wonderful husband who is letting me stay home and be Parker's mommy!
So I will say it one more time....
"good bye 20's...hello 30!"
Feeling blessed,
Jenn :)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Here we are!

We are into 7 weeks now as a family and Parker is adjusting so well to our lives! (Or we are adjusting well to his life and routine!) Hard to believe that he has been with us for almost 2 months! We had dinner tonight at our good friends (Rich and Julie) who just moved here this summer from Syracuse,NY! We always enjoy hanging out with them. God has truly blessed us with a content and happy baby boy! He is so good wherever we go!
We are looking forward to taking him to Washington DC in just 3 weeks for Mike's brothers' wedding. I am so thankful for my mother taking the time out to hunt down an outfit for Parker to wear. She found two! Now me "the proud mom" gets to decide which one he'll wear~ once the package arrives from Grandma Clark! THANKS MOM! :)
This will be another exciting week for Parker! We are looking forward to the visit from his Aunt Jolyn, Uncle Eric& cousin Sam, from Calgary, Alberta! We have not been together since the birth of Sam . (I went to visit them 1 year ago in August and it is hard to believe that it has been 1 year already!) It will be great to have them here for a week and a half! I can't wait to really catch up, shop, eat out, take photos and watch Sam interact with his new cousin! We will post many photos once they arrive!
Blessings to you all,
Jenn, Mike & Parker

Monday, October 01, 2007

6 Weeks old and already a model...

Parker is 6 weeks old today! WOW-we are "blinking and he is growing to fast!"
I had my 6 week check up and all is well! My OB had a special gift for Parker, he got his first silver spoon! It was great to go back to the office and finally show off the baby that all these nurses saw me carrying in my belly...! In the last tri-mester it DID feel like I lived there in the end of my pregnancy! I really got connected to many of them (and of course Dr. Pitcher who I can not brag enough about- she is a blessing and cares deeply for her patients! ) It was a pleasure to chat again in these "new shoes!" I told all of them, the company would be missed...and they said...."well, we can tell you how to be back real soon!" I said -"NO THANK YOU! We like Parker and we are very content and getting adjusted to him! We want to enjoy him for a couple of years. I will be very content to see you all in 1 year!" We all laughed! It is great to have an office of care, and love from your OB and nurses! I am very thankful to the Lord for and for my friends, Elese and Melissa Petty, for referring me! It was the best referral yet!
Parker is starting to "coo" and recognize us! It has been precious to start to see his personality come out. We only get a scream from him, if I pull him away to burp while breast-feeding! He knows what he wants and he has a mind of his own (oh boy...he is definitly a "Parker!")
We have a little model in him too! A couple in our church just started a photography business and they came over to do some photos of him! (All free on our behalf!) They have done weddings for a while and now they are ready to expand their business. They asked me if they could use Parker for practice and possibly use him for their website! He was 4 weeks old and very cooperative that day! I got free photos from the couple and I was so grateful for them! They are precious and we will treasure them! Here is the link to see his photos:
  • Make sure you widen the web page!
  • You have to look way up at the top for "client events" (click it on).
  • Then click it on Parker Riese (it is actually spelled Parker Reise) and it will open up to his page.
  • ENJOY!
We wish you all a great week! Parker and I are off to the grocery store!
Jenn, Mike and Parker :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Precious moments...

I am amazed how precious it has been to be home with Parker!
Some days are more tiring but so worth it!
I have convinced myself of the following:
  • I am grateful if I can get 3 loads of laundry done and unload the dishwasher (don't worry if I didn't succeed)
  • I have given up on trying to keep the houses spic & span (to my perfection!)
  • I praise God for a loving husband who is not expecting a meal the moment he walks in the door and all my "chores" done! I know he cares that I am attending to Parker and doing my best to keep things up when possible!
  • Staying home is worth the sacrifice to hold Parker in my arms and see the daily changes.
I was overcome with hormones and wondered what my life will be like as a stay at home mom! Then I was reminded to get involved in the community with MOPS and even a Le lache group! I am going to my first MOPS meeting on Tuesday (10/02)! I got a phone call from the director at the church! She welcomed me with open arms and told me of another new mom, that I might be able to connect with! I am a social bug (as you all know) and it will be so uplifting for me to get involved and enjoy my time "not working" with Parker in this way! Although, this new job is far above all others! It is the best, and yet most demanding! I am hopefully going to get plugged in to a Bible study come January. I missed the ones that started up this fall, so I will continue my own study for now! It is a true joy to be home and be mom to Parker. There are no words to explain how much love and joy I have (and Mike too) for him! We feel so blessed beyond measure! He was sweet today sleeping in his swing. I grieved for him, because he is fighting really bad diaper rash! I guess I was not keeping his butt moistened enough with the special cream from his Dr. It made me feel like a failure, but I reminded myself that I am not! Each day is a learning experience! He is happy as long as we stay on top of the diapers, and not let the dirty ones be on to long! I visited my friend Tiffany's blog and she posted a poem ( for her now 2 year old daughter.) This explains the joy and amazement of how fast the time really goes by being home with your precious baby:

Lord, help me remember, when I feel It's a chore,
the time will come when I'll hold him no more
asleep on my chest (the crib refused, the blanket, the pacifier, gone unused).
What better place is there to lay his head
than against my heart, my arms his bed?
For infants grow up and leave us behind
with only memories left to remind
us of midnight walking and pre-dawn rocking,
of soft, helpless babies unable to sleep.
So, Lord, make me patient and keep me awake
while I cradle Parker, and don't let me take
for granted the moments I spend in the night
with this baby boy--Your gift, my joy, my delight!

Poem by Jan Dunlap

Blessings to you all!
Proud mom to Parker- Jenn :)

Sunday, September 23, 2007


Mike is very proud of his Alma Matter~ (Syracuse University) won their football game yesterday against Louisville! Syracuse Football team is not a team to be proud of,since they are not ranked! However, Louisville is ranked 18 and that was an upset and something for him to smile about! The final score was 38 to 35!Way to go 'Cuse!So the proud dad dressed his son this morning for church while I got ready! Here is what Parker wore to church today! (Photo of Mike and Parker sleeping from today, below!) (Outfit is compliments of the proud Uncle Phil (and "Aunt Miracle!) I actually let him wear it vs. the cute "church outfits" that I have for him

Parker is 5 weeks old tomorrow and starting to be m
uch more alert! He is now only up 1 time a night to eat and that is usually at 4 AM. He tends to crash around 7 PM and I get so much done from 7-10 pm. I wake him up when I go to bed and then around the 4 AM. I will be so excited when he does sleep through the whole night!The days go by faster then I expected as a new "stay at home mom!" Here is Parker posing for mommy at 4 weeks!

Mike leaves this Thursday for the big company Softball tournament. I will keep you posted on how they do! I think the guys have high hopes to win. They have been practicing for a few months and they did come in 6th last year out of 35 teams! So I hope to bring you good news next week!

Blessings to you all,
Jenn, Mike & Parker

Monday, September 17, 2007

1 month old!

Our little Tax deduction is 1 month old!
The tree that Grandma Clark made in the nursery!

It is
amazing how fast time really does go by! We can not believe that Parker is already 1 month old! Today marks 4 weeks for him and he is 9 pounds!!! He is growing like crazy! Here are some photos of our time with Grandma & Grandpa Clark! We took Parker to the GA aquarium and he was awake for part of it. He loved looking up at the lights above us!
The time was special with my parents and we got so much done around the house. Grandma Clark took some special time and made a tree on Parker's wall to add some more character to the Mural!
If you look closely you can see a ladder with his name on steps, hanging from the tree!
The cross-stitch on the wall was made special by Grandma Riese! It is nice to finally have the nursery all put together! Not alot of time any more to work on it! Parker keeps me busy!
The time was special and I am so glad that we got to see my parents for the week and a half that they were here!
Blessings to you all! Jenn, Mike and Parker Riese :)