Happy Birthday, Gray!

I grew up in a family of boys. There were three of us and I was the oldest. So when it came time for Joy and me to have children, we were shooting for a boy. But I missed.

Gray was born on May 8, 2005, and our life hasn’t been the same since. And then just a few short months ago we added little Campbell, making Graycen a big sister.

So at this point I’m 0 for 2 when it comes to having boys. And you know what, THAT’S FINE! I love shopping for the girls, taking Gray to gymnastics and her ball games, obliging her to do ‘photoshoots’, and doing all the other things that girls’ daddies do. (note: check back when she’s a teenager and we’ll see how I feel).

Last night I spent the night with Gray. While she was downstairs before bedtime, I snuck upstairs and built a little fort and made a bed with all of her favorite blankets, and her princess picture book that we made last year at Disney.

When she walked into her bedroom and saw her ‘castle bed’, she said, “It’s BEAUTIFUL!!! Daddy, where did you find a castle bed? Do I get to sleep in there?”

Then Joy told her that I was sleeping in there with her. “Ooooo-kayyyy, so you’re going to be the prince,” she said matter-of-factly.

We read Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, while she held the flashlight. Then we sang Jesus Loves Me and Happy Birthday.

Finally we turned off the flashlight and lamp and laid our heads on the pillow. We listened to her favorite Taylor Swift songs on my iPhone, and as I laid on my side looking over at her, her eyes were closed and her face was covered in the biggest smile I’ve ever seen.

I closed my eyes, with a similar smile, and just seconds later, I felt her hand on my shoulder as she pulled herself close. Ahhhhh, sweet dreams.

Happy birthday, Gray! I hope today is just as magical.


Sublime Studios said...

This post is adorable. I hope she has a fabulous birthday... you guys are great parents!


Katie and Chris said...

OH, my. Too sweet! I love that you made that sweet memory for her. I cannot believe she is four! Garrett, you've adjusted to the world of girls like a pro. You are a great example as a father and we are happy for all of you on this great day!


Katie and Chris

Brandy J Rammel said...

Happy Birthday to the most stylish Princess we know! What a gift it is to watch you grow into such a unique little individual. We hope that you have an absolutely fantastic day!

We Love You Gray!

Aunt Brand and Uncle Sticky

PS What a cool thing to do re. the tent G! You are both such wonderful parents!

Amanda said...

Tears in my eyes.

Hearing about sweetness with all of our own babies always brings me to tears and reminds me to relish in the age mine are RIGHT NOW because it only moves on too fast. You guys are both such great parents!

Mel McLellan said...

SO SWEET! Happy Birthday Gray!!! :)

Mel McLellan said...

SO SWEET! Happy Birthday Gray!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy 4th birthday, Graycen. We love you little princess. Can't wait for our birthday tea party this afternoon. Grandma

K.C. said...

Priceless, simply priceless.

Frank DiMeo said...

This is what true love is all about.
That is awesome Garrett.

Happy Birthday Gray!

Contemporary Captures said...

So Sweet! what a fantastic memory... Where did you get that beautiful bed? As the mother of 4 boys who finally has a little princess, I have been looking forever for the perfect bed for my daughter and that bed is wonderful!

Regis said...

Happy Birthday Lil G!

Nice side-burn Big G!

Joy Nudd said...

We got the bed from Pottery Barn Kids when they had their big winter sale. Thanks everyone and Happy Mothers Day!

jane cato said...

So sweet! Girls born in May are extra special. :)

Wu said...

Garrett-thank you so much for sharing that story. It really drives home the point that our children don't need extravagant expensive presents...they just need our time and attention. You and Joy are fabulous parents and Graycen and Campbell are extremely blessed to have the both of you. I so look forward to a moment like this with Kaiya when she turns four!

Best wishes,

Brent said...

Awwww, what a great dad! Hey Garrett, 3rd time is the charm ;) I wanted a boy and when my first was a girl I couldn't imagine having anything but a girl...so we had a second girl and I was in 'Daddy's little girls' heaven. But we decided it would be nice to have a boy so one more try, and my son was born. I'm happy it was this third try that brought him along because I sometimes think how many times would we have continued to try, and I could just see myself with 6 or 7 girls in the house and myself the only male! Talk about a long wait to get in the bathroom ;)

Adrian Hitt said...

Wow, what a sweet story!

coreymatthews said...

Now this is so cool especially in todays times it puts a smile on your face.