David was born in February of 1987, which made us a little family of three – and the joy he brought to our lives was the best gift that we could have ever asked for.
David captured our love and attention from the very moment he was born – and instantly became the love of our lives and the best thing that ever happened to us.
When we first moved to Sacramento, we rented an older house closer to downtown that wasn’t right for us; so we bought a house right away – and David greeted us every morning standing in his crib full of enthusiasm for the new day.
David was a very special boy right from the beginning, with a big smile and a great disposition; and we always put plenty of little “friends” in his crib with him to focus his attention on when we weren’t there.
After a long day of going full speed, our son David conked out with his friend “Mickey” in his arms – and it is in quiet moments like this when parents feel specially blessed.
David always had the biggest belly laugh when he was little and was full of fun and spirit; and when he first called me “Mark” instead of “Daddy” that was fine with me – and we’ve been best buddies ever since.
When David was little, the rocking chair was a good way to measure his progress while growing up – every day he seemed to be bigger than the day before.
David and I at Christmas time in front of our fireplace with the nativity scene set up on the mantel – being parents was the best Christmas gift ever.
This was the best Christmas ever for me, I had a beautiful wife and son – and the gift of parenthood was the best present that we could have ever received.
I collected porcelain Nao nativity figurines during my many trips to Spain while stationed in Germany, and this nativity scene was just right for our fireplace mantel.
Our nativity scene would become a family tradition for us, adding a piece here and there over the years; and traditions are important for a young family to establish – to have something they can call their own.
Here’s our German light pyramid and nutcracker – all in natural wood finishes – which also became a family tradition for us; this original light pyramid was given to a friend to enjoy many years later.
For David’s first Christmas, Santa brought a lot a packages for him to enjoy opening; and the gift wrapping held his interest more than the presents did.
Here’s our Christmas tree in 1987 with the original ornaments that my wife and I bought together in Germany – photographed from the top of our staircase.
This first Christmas with David was very special for us, and helped establish family traditions for us that have continued on year after year for 24 years now – with many more to look forward to!