Friday, September 3, 2010


The past five years sure have flown by. It's hard to believe the baby of our family is no baby anymore. Emidio Nicholas was born five years ago today and it feels like just yesterday we were putting that tiny baby in the car and driving home from the hospital. You can tell just how thrilled he was with that whole process.

We named him after my grandfather (Papa) Emidio and they share a birthday. We're all positive that is no coincidence. My Papa passed away when I was 4 but I'm sure he's looking out for me and my family.

As is his grandfather, who his middle name is after. I'm sure those two are up there talking and trying not to laugh, watching us stumble over the difficulties of parenthood down here.

I miss those chubby cheeks.....

But then again, 5 year old freckled cheeks are still super kissable.....

A lot of people ask me about his name so here's a little bit of info:

syll. e-mi-dio, em-id-io ] The boy name Emidio has its origins in the Germanic language and it is used largely in Italian. Emidio's meaning is 'great, strong'.

Emidio is not widely used as a baby name for boys. It is not in the top 1000 names.

My family is Italian and I'm sure the name would sound neat spoken with a true Italian accent.

As my mom has always told me, it was also a ship, the S.S. Emidio.


According to this site:

On 20 December 1941, 25 miles west of Cape Mendocino, the Imperial Japanese Navy's I-17 shells and then fires two torpedoes at the 6, 912-ton Socony-Vacuum oil company tanker EMIDIO returning empty from Seattle to San Francisco. A patrolling PBY "Catalina" flying boat of Patrol Squadron (VP) 44 spots the EMIDIO dead in the water with people going over the sides and getting into lifeboats.

Despite the torpedo hit, Emidio did not sink. Several days later, in fact, she ran aground on a pile of rocks off Crescent City, Calif., an amazing 85 miles north of where she had been torpedoed. The 31 survivors of the stricken ship rowed their lifeboats for 16 hours and 20 miles through a driving rainstorm until they were picked up by a Coast Guard lightship a few miles off Humbolt Bay.

I think it's neat that his name has not only a strong family connection but a history to it as well.

Today we're having some of his little friends over for a birthday party. He's requested Spiderman and Wolverine for his party. Whatever the birthday boy wants, the birthday boy gets.....

Forever Young

May the good Lord be with you

Down every road you roam

And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you're far from home

And may you grow to be proud

Dignified and true

And do unto others

As you'd have done to you

Be courageous and be brave

And in my heart you'll always stay

Forever Young, Forever Young Forever Young, Forever Young

May good fortune be with you

May your guiding light be strong

Build a stairway to heaven with a prince or a vagabond

And may you never love in vain and in my heart you will remain

Forever Young, Forever Young Forever Young, Forever Young Forever Young Forever Young

And when you finally fly away I'll be hoping that I served you well

For all the wisdom of a lifetime

No one can ever tell

But whatever road you choose I'm right behind you, win or lose

Forever Young, Forever Young Forever Young ,Forever Young Forever Young, Forever Young For, Forever Young, Forever Young

~Rod Stewart


Anonymous said...

He's two plates high now!

I love the story of his name - he'll be proud to know everything about it says strength.

Have fun with the party - lots of little kids running you think they'll notice how pretty your new dining room is? :)

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

What a cutie! Happy Birthday, 5 is a big one!

My kiddos are 20 months and 5 months, and I know they're going to be 5 in a flash. I think the best time of your life is when your kids a little

Red Gate Farm said...

My daughter was born on her great-grandmother's birthday. I wish we'd thought to use her name, Isabelle. What a great way to link the generations in your family.


Darlene said...

Happy Birthday Emidio! I love how you shared the family name and the history associted with his name. Also, what a GREAT song. I love Forever Young and I think we DO feel that way. Hope he has a GREAT party!!!♥

Theresa said...

What a precious 5 year old young fella! He is a doll! Happy Birthday to Emidio! I love the history of his name! My Dad was in the Navy in WWII!

Have a blessed day my friend and enjoy the Birthday Party!


beth said...

Happy Birthday Emedio!!! Have fun! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm just "bloghopping" this evening and came across your blog!! My baby celebrated his birthday also today (Sept 3) and he is named after his grandfather, my father who passed away when I was an infant. If only they shared a birthday too~that would be wonderful! The best to you and yours.(btw, my baby turned 15~how time flys)

SILVIA said...

Happy Birthday Emidio!!!!..I hope you had a wonderful day..
Loved this post and the song, one of my fave...


Lynne said...

My daughter chose "Forever Young" as her father daughter dance at her wedding last year. It was sweet!

Kristi said...

Thank you for sharing your baby boy with us and happy birthday to him! I love his name and the backround to it! I am Italian as well and thought for sure it was Italian! :)
Time DOES fly by! Enjoy these littles while you can!

Dawn said...

I had to write to tell you that this blog made me cry. Knowing and loving you guys; then reading that Emidio is now 5...WOW!!! Keep up the GREAT work Michelle. I can't wait til Emidio is old enough to appreciate all you do for your family. Send my love to everyone. =)

Dawn said...

I had to write to tell you that this blog made me cry. Knowing and loving you guys; then reading that Emidio is now 5...WOW!!! Keep up the GREAT work Michelle. I can't wait til Emidio is old enough to appreciate all you do for your family. Send my love to everyone. =)

Anonymous said...

What a neat history! I don't live too far from Crescent City either and I never knew that! Thanks for sharing :-)