Before my youngest son began Pre-K, he would ride along on the van I drove for a local daycare. He made friends quickly and blended in with the other, much older kids I took to school and picked up after school.
I would often hear him singing at the back of the van and just wrote it off as a preschool rambling. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck the day I heard the actual song on television! He was singing a line from the theme song of ToddWorld, a cartoon.
I ran into his room in sheer bewilderment when I heard Smokey Robinson singing the show theme. It was a real thing...WOW! The lesson didn't require much thought, but it was a lesson I'll never forget.
Your children will tell you what they’re listening to, are you listening to them? After taking notice of the ToddWorld theme song, I joined him in humming the theme song to "Timothy Goes to School", occasionally. It's really catch and we bond over the songs, I even played them on the organ after rehearsal.
Parents, I encourage you pay attention to your children, what they say and even what they sing! Check out these two them songs and see if you can keep them out of your head!
When we got married, we started out on a whirlwind adventure. Rhonda and I were clueless about what all the future would hold. It didn't take long for us to get an idea. We were expecting our first child only months into our marriage. Joshua, our first child was born in August, two months before our first wedding anniversary!
Life with a preemie brings about its own challenges but we were making it...all the way to the hospital with baby number two less than two years later!
Life shifted us and we faced our first round of difficulty. As we tried our level best to get back on our feet and move forward, we got a boost of sorts...Jailen! We were in our new place and expecting our third child! Where's some family planning when you need it?
Over the course of 54 months, we added three children to our family. Let's do the math, here: Each child is exactly 18 months apart. We couldn't have planned it like that if we tried and to be honest, had we planned, there would have been much more space in between.
Beyond the realization of the year and a half difference, all the males in our house have August birthdays and the females have February birthdays. Again, another facet we couldn't have planned! Rhonda and Joi's birthdays are four days apart. My birthday and Joshua's birthday are three days apart and Joshua and Jailen's birthdays are exactly two weeks (14 days) apart.
What this has done is made birthday celebrations all the more interesting around our house! Since all three of the children are under 10, we try and squeeze an all kid birthday party in one month, but it seldom works. Joi now wants her own party so we'll have to make that happen this year!
I don't know how it got past me, but one day the realization just dropped out of nowhere on me. Rhonda and I are also 18 months apart. She was born in February of '81 and I was born in August of '82. Isn't that something?!? All the people in our house are separated by 18 months! That's some kind of math...my kind of math!
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My three children are my pride and joy. I love them with everything in me! Two boys and a girl, what more could I ever ask for?!? Allow me to introduce you to my tribe, Joshua, Joi and Jailen. I often refer to them as "Children of the Cornbread" when they are acting out, but mainly I refer to them as the "Hebro Children" because their middle names are Hebrew names from the bible. Mix some Hebrew with our heritage and what do you get? The Hebro Children! Meet Joshua, our oldest! His journey began at 29 weeks as a premature baby. Through much prayer and perseverance, Joshua pulled through and is now a vibrant eight year old. He loves music, sports and like almost every young boy, video games. "Chubs" aspires to become a police officer when he grows up.
Joi is our middle child. She is bright and full of life and wisdom. She is often the one keeping the boys in line when they're just a little too much for us! Joi is our Super Bowl Baby, or "SuperBaby" as they are called. She was born on Super Bowl Sunday 2011, a game that was played in Arlington at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. She was born minutes before midnight and came into the world showcasing her amazing vocals. Joi also loves music and is our resident singer. She has recently added ukulele to her list of talents and aspires to become an artist and singer when she grows up.
Jailen is our youngest son. He is the life of every party and a ball of energy! He is the cap on the Willis progeny, there will be none after him! He is the king of fashion statements with shirts and shoes and the wrong side or feet. He takes after his big brother, but is often Joi's partner in crime musically. His exuberant laugh fills the house and is often followed by the gust of wind left in his trail as he's running through the house. Jailen has the most nicknames in the house and his latest happens to be: "Hammerhead"...no further explanation, necessary!
Jailen is growing by leaps and bounds and is our favorite youngest child. He is our most musical and though his gift is natural, he has yet to intimate what his future plans are!
Here you'll meet my family and experience me in my many roles as a family man.