Blast From The Past

Yesterday my son Gage turned 5! I still can’t believe it. It literally seems like just yesterday we were headed to the hospital to give birth to our middle son who is anything but average.

Last night after we celebrated his birthday with pizza and milkshakes we got the video of Gage’s birth out. We were all in tears watching it so I thought I would share it with you.

Thanks Matt for catching this day on video 5 years ago. While I know it was for a message illustration it’s turned out to be a family favorite for us!

I also thought I would ask you. If there is one family moment you wish you had on video so your family could watch it over and over what would it be?

82 Responses to “Blast From The Past”

  1. Michael says:

    Happy B-day big man. My daughter turned 3 on Easter and my son was born on Good Friday.
    I wish we had our wedding on video so our kids could watch it and see how skinny daddy used to be.

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  2. Incredibly cool, dude.

  3. Tony York says:

    Our first daughter was born 4 months early weighing 1 pound 8 ounces and was delivered by emergency c-section.

    I was allowed to sit by my wife’s head as the two teams of doctors worked feverishly to save my daughter’s life. It was a gruesome and amazing experience. I watched them cut my wife open and move different parts of her anatomy out of the way in order to get to her uterus. The most vivid memory I have of that experience is when the doctor reached into my wife and lifted my daughter out of the womb. The first thing that came out was her little hand with all five fingers outstretched as if she was reaching to grasp heaven.

    She couldn’t breathe on her own so they had to whisk her away for specialized care. Part of that preparation was stabilizing her enough to be transported to a Childrens hospital to have her first operation. Before they took her, they gave my wife and I our first moment to say ‘hi’ to our firstborn. I can remember how my wife, who was so groggy from the surgery that she could barely keep her eyes open, reached into the incubator and so gently stroked Lauren’s skin with her delicate fingers. I looked down at my own hands and noticed the calluses and cuts from working in the construction field and wondered how I could touch my daughter without breaking her. She was so tiny and fragile. Eventually, I reached my hand into the incubator and placed the tip of my pinky into the palm of her hand, that hand that had reached to grasp heaven, and her five fingers wrapped around just the tip of my finger and squeezed so tight that the little tendons in her arm stood out. I fell in love with her in that moment. She was and is a fighter.

    I wish I had either of those moments on video.

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  4. Steven says:

    That was awesome.

    Happy Birthday Gage!

  5. Candy says:

    Beautiful video – I cried, too! We have an entire closet full of videos from our kids growing up – never missed a moment. But as far as the births…sadly, nothing. My husband sat in a closet praying during the first one (it was a different era), passed out for the second one, and the third…he barely got his clothes changed before he got there! I hope you keep a copy of all of these precious videos in your lock box. You don’t ever want to lose them!

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  6. Ladybird says:

    Now I am all teary-eyed. That is too sweet! I love your smile Pete! I rememer seeing that ‘proud’ smile on my husband’s face when we were having our little guy. Happy Birthday Gage! Five is an awesome year!

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  7. Dana says:

    How wonderful that video was. Thank You for sharing! I love having those moments on videos. We get out our family videos and watch them alot. I don’t record as much as I used too now that they are older but I need too – they grow up WAAYYY to fast!

  8. Carrie says:

    That video is great! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sailor Scott says:

    Beautiful. It is sad to me that we had our babies before cameras were on phones and before we could afford them anyway. But the moments still play out in my mind like an old grainy Wonder Years video. Three little girls frolicking around…

    Some days we still capture those moments.

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  10. sherri says:

    Baby Gage made me cry- 5 year old Gage cracks me up!

    What a precious creation.

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  11. Pete Wilson says:

    @Sherri, I totally agree.

  12. britt says:

    Just beautiful. So glad you have that footage.

    It would be amazing to be able to see a video of my parent’s wedding. I’d like to see what they were like before they were my parents.

    I have some photos but I think I could entertain people with a video of when I used to walk my Dad to the bus stop with my pet rooster on a leash.

  13. Joey says:

    That is beautiful, Pete. My kids turn 17, 14, and 9 this summer. I beleive that we see the love of God best through our children. They teach me more than Bible college ever did.

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  14. Mel says:

    Wow! Great video. The ones taken of my kids are not quite that caliber. 😉 Just precious!

    And look how sweet Jett is too!


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  15. Fran says:

    Ummm….I’ll have to watch it again. I’m crying so dang hard I can’t see him clearly!!! I don’t know if there is anything more beautiful than the birth of our children.

    I do wish I had more videos of vacations. These kiddos grow up and I miss ’em when they are little.

    Happy birthday Gage!!!!

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  16. katdish says:

    The feeling of holding your child for the first time is such an overwhelming, God-is-so-good experience. Even though my first labor experience was less than perfect, it did not take away from that moment. Thanks for sharing that. It was just awesome.

    Also, I think it’s funny that Brandi told you to shut up.

    katdish’s last blog post..The Peter Principle

  17. Karen Duncan says:

    I wish we had the day my husband came home from Iraq on video. I am the photographer in the family and I was so excited and nervous I could not hold the camera still. My sister in law took over the camera and got a few good pictures, but I wish it would have been on video.

  18. Wish I had a video of me playing catch or basketball with my dad when I was little

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  19. I’d pay to see the pet rooster video Pete

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  20. […] over to Pete’s blog where he has posted our birth video of sweet Gage who came in this world a whopping 8lbs 11oz, […]

  21. Joni Ruhs says:

    What a great video and what a gift to have it. It must have been an easy birth I’m sure 😉 ’cause Brandi looks fabulous! I don’t look that good on my best days!

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  22. goodness gracious, why did you let me color my hair go so blonde??? next time i make that mistake please send me back for a new color job!!!


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  23. NancyJ says:

    I wish I had a videotape that had my mother on it. So I could hear her voice everyday if I wanted to.
    I can close my eyes and remember my son’s birth (by c-section) like it was yesterday and I have a week’s worth of vacation pictures from when I met my husband.
    Definitely my mother to hear her voice.

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  24. Toby says:

    Really not nice to make a grown man cry!! God willing, we’ll have one of these videos coming in July!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  25. Robin Helton says:

    Wow! I was watching the video and taking it all in and I started tearing up when all of a sudden, the FedEx guy showed up at the door. He looked a bit stunned to see me crying. He kept asking me if I was ok and if he could do something for me. Bless his heart! I told him I was ok, and that it was just something my pastor had done that made me cry. Thinking back on that comment now and I’m not so sure that was the right thing to say! He’s probably thinking “Some great pastor that is…making a girl cry like that!” I’ll have to explain better next time I see him!

    Don’t worry Pete, I didn’t say your name or what church I go to! :)

  26. Alison says:

    Beautiful video! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. nigel says:

    That’s one of the best videos I’ve seen in a while, Pete. You’re quite the lucky guy to have a wife who’ll let you film her when she’s about to give birth.

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  28. Jenn says:

    beautiful! I love the emotion!

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  29. Pete Wilson says:

    @Robin, thanks for not telling him!

    @Nigel, you have no idea how lucky I am. :)

    Pete Wilson’s last blog post..Blast From The Past

  30. Harold says:

    It would be great if we all had a “Matt” to document those moments that we thrilled in but whose image fade with time. It also helps having a cool soundtrack too.

    Yeah, yeah, I cried too and I had seen it before. What got me as much as anything was seeing Tucker again. He was ready to play with his second boy I am sure.

    It all goes by so fast. Thanks for reminding me Peter John, thanks for reminding me.

  31. ashley says:

    Now that I can barely see to type for all the tears in my eyes…Thank you for sharing this with us! What an awesome thing to have to watch over and over again. I love the noise Gage kept making!

    Mine would probably be to have the night Jasen asked me to marry him caught on tape.

    ashley’s last blog post..Happy 7 Months!

  32. Jill says:

    I’m not a big cryer but that just brought me to tears!

    Happy Birthday Gage!

    Happy Birthday Brandi!

    You looked absolutely amazing and calm the entire time!!!

    I can’t get over how beautiful the L&D room was!

    What an awesome memory to cherish over and over again!

    Hugs and love to your family!

  33. Carrie says:

    Everything about that video is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  34. bluegoose says:

    Such a precious moment to capture! Neither of our births are on tape…it was only me and him when they came (along with the team of dr’s & nurses, of course) so I would have liked to have shared that moment with our families!
    We got our first vid camera when DD1 was 6 mo old and I wish we had more video of DD2…the camera broke before she came along and we could not afford to replace it!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Demara says:

    nice! i still wonder if that’ll ever be us someday…or if we’ll just continue to grow old together and stay as we are. Like a retired couple, who never had children!?!?


    our wedding was on video. not sure if there is any other family occasion I would have wanted on video but haven’t had…

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  36. Jessica says:

    Pete how many pieces of fruit did you eat that morning? I was cracking up that every frame in the beginning had you with some fruit in your hand! Very nice video! Jett looks the same then as he does now, just bigger. Can’t say the same about Gage!

  37. For whatever reason all the vimeo videos don’t work on my computer so the picture jumps and doesn’t match the sound…..

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  38. Kathy says:

    Thanks for sharing — that was amazing and I was crying from beginning to end.

    We didn’t buy our video camera until our oldest was 3 months old and I totally regret that we don’t have any of those months on video. But we’ve definitely made up for it since then. LOL

  39. Ashley says:

    AMAZING VIDEO!!! I wish I had my wedding on tape. My brother in law worked so hard on video taping the wedding but when we went to watch it that night there was nothing there..BLANK TAPE…I still have the tape beacuse I like to give him a hard time about it..LOL… This is a wonderful video footage you have here… And BRANDI looked AMAZING!!

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  40. Sarah says:

    My aunt, cousins, and I got in a tupperware fight a few Easters ago that I wish someone had on tape for two reasons. 1. It was funny, 2. I’d like to find out how it actually started!

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  41. Jamie says:

    Thanks for sharing!
    I would love to have video of our (first) daughter being born. My husband and I both missed it since we had to have an emergency intervention.

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  42. Jenny says:

    That was a beautiful video. Sometimes in the madness of day to day life, I forget about those moments God has given me that have COMPLETELY taken my breath away. Thanks to your video, I’m replaying many of those moments in my mind over and over today. Thanks for sharing that with us. SOOO precious!! (and, yes, Brandi did look great!)

  43. gitz says:

    good heavens to betsy, i’m crying like a baby over here, and I don’t usually cry so easily!!! that was the sweetest thing i’ve ever seen… probably because he’s the sweetest boy i’ve never met :)

    i have never been in the room when a baby was born, but when my godson Tyler was born 5 years ago (on the 20th) I was in with my friend Susie the whole time, left the room as she was about to push, and came back in 10 minutes later to hold the little man. It was the coolest thing ever! He had the hiccups in utero that you could feel on her stomach, and 10 minutes later I was holding him – and he still had the hiccups! Just blew my mind. :)

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  44. Monica Hunt says:

    So beautiful! I hope Gage had a happy birthday!

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  45. kc says:

    Wow! That was awesome!
    You are so incredibly blessed!

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  46. Jan Connair says:

    Happy birthday to Gage!

    I wish I had video footage of my husband and myself from when we were in college band together. The kids hear about it all the time, how Dad played the sax and mom was on the drill team. How Dad was in a special guys group that would sometimes run up in front of the crowd and do a funny dance routine, a la “king Tut” from the old Saturday Night Live days. I’m convinced they would see us as a whole lot more fun and be able to relate to us better if they could see us from back in our youth, before we got married.

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  47. Kara Prater says:

    Awesome video! :) Special momments and memories for sure. Happy 5th birthday to your boy, Gage.

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  48. Sarah Joy says:

    Gage and I are sort of birthday buddies! Mine was just on the 18th … I’m a bit older than 5, though. ha!

    With the recent happening in our family, I know we all wish we had videos of my Dad. Not one incident or event in particular, just videos. To hear his voice again, to see his smile, to hear his laugh. You don’t realize when they’re with you to try to take in and remember every little thing about them.

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  49. *~Michelle~* says:

    excuse me while I wipe the boogers off my keyboard…..*sniff

    So totally cool video….awesome memories.

    I have a powerpoint slide show thingamajig that I made for my husband and I’s 15th year anniversary a few years ago. It had about three songs worth of photos from when the both of us were babies right to our wedding to the birth of our kids, vacations, etc. It was just awesome…..I bawl like a baby everytime I watch it.

    Enjoy every blessing, every day.

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  50. holly says:

    We were just talking about this video last night while discussing Gage’s birthday. That was the first time I had ever heard anybody use the phrase “oh my stars” – such a southern thing! What a beautiful video!

    i wish I had more video of my grandma – she is now in the throws of Alzheimer’s and I’ve forgotten how spunky and funny and full of life she used to be – I miss her.

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  51. Randi :) says:

    oh my…. I haven’t bawled like that in a long time. that was beautiful.

    and DANG you got pastor of a big church first class suites in your hospital or what!?! that room was NICE!!!

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  52. Amy says:

    I wish that there were more videos of my grandparents. I know its not really a moment but they died when I was so young and I remember them but not that great. Sometimes I wish I had videos that I could watch.

  53. jody says:

    What happen to your brown hair? Oh yeah, I forgot, you have three kids also.

  54. Pete Wilson says:

    @Amy and other. I agree. I wish I had more video of my grandparents when they were younger.

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  55. Brenda says:

    That was so beautiful!! Pete I felt your nervousness and I am the same way with needle stuff. I’m super squeamish about needles and blood and faint easily, so I told my husband to feel free to walk out at any time during our baby’s delivery if he felt faint. I didn’t mind going it alone since I could never watch anyone else giving birth. But thankfully I was fine with my own.

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  56. ahhhhh…that was beautiful!

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  57. krista says:

    i cried. i won’t lie haha. beautiful, beautiful video!

  58. Gina says:

    That was fabulous! I cried!
    Thank you guys for sharing.

    And how old are y’all? That was 5 yrs ago-you two look like kids!

  59. Nate VZ says:

    Wow, has it already been five years since we welcomed Gage to the culs-de-sac? I enjoyed seeing our old house and Dodge Caravan in the driveway on the footage. Just a wonderful chapter in our lives and excited we were there when Gage came along.

    I wish I had footage of when you dangled the rattle-snake in front of your kids (before realizing it was a rattle-snake) and then had to dispatch it…complete with sound. It would be an excellent example of the primal human “startle response”.

  60. Kendra says:

    WOW! That is amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

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  61. Susan Kerr Jenkins says:

    WOW!! How beautiful!! Don’t know what else to say but how beautiful!!

    God bless you all and Happy Birthday Gage!!

  62. Gina T says:

    Definately the most exciting time in the life of a parent. I am crying so I can’t think of what I wish I had on video of my kids but it made me think of when I had my children—Boy I had no idea at that time what a Blessing! Thanks for sharing and bringing back some of my greatest memories!

  63. heather says:

    OK that just made me tear up and it’s not even my child! So sweet!

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  64. Cassie J. says:

    The death of my father so I could see how he actually died. I’d like to know who pulled the trigger of the gun.

  65. Annabelle says:

    Awe, what a great video!

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  66. Dana says:

    very moving. i’m definitely in tears.

  67. Annie says:

    Sniffle, sniffle, snuff…my big boy just turned 9 on Monday. Happy birthday, Gage!

    Any video of my parents. I was orphaned at 10, and I’d love for my kids to see my mom and dad.

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  68. Amy N says:

    what a sweet video. and pete you look like a kid there.

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  69. Stephanie says:

    How cool that you guys have this! beautiful… :)

  70. John Wright says:

    Nice try Pete!!! I…did not….cry.

    Awesome video. Thanks for sharing.

  71. Happy Birthday Gage! The video is awesome! Great to capture sweet moments like this!

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  72. Pete Wilson says:

    @John Wright, Come on! I bet you got a little misty.

  73. Pearl says:

    I was transported back in time to the days that I held my own newborns. What an awesome experience!
    If God saves our tears in a bottle and the story of our lives is written in His books, do you suppose maybe He has some video archives for us as well?
    And I LOVE that Gage was born on my favorite day of the year. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  74. Eva Miller says:

    Once when our boys were very young (6 & 9), we were all snuggled up in our bed on a rainy Saturday morning. We gave each other Indian names. My hair was long & curly then so they called me “lotsa hair”. Ryan said Daddy had to be called “tender foot” because his feet are sensitive and he never goes outside in his bare feet.

    We called Ryan “strong warrior” because he’s so passionate and fights for what he wants.
    Drew was “tender heart” because he’s the peacemaker in the family.

    I wish a camera had beenr rolling.

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  75. Barbara says:

    That was wonderful, I noticed two things, I your dog from the past, and what a babyface you had…okay I’ll stop that.
    That was so nicely done too.

    More pictures of my mom, dad, kids together.

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  76. Robin says:

    Started crying the second the music started playing…oh my gosh that was just nothing short of sacred…I know it sounds stupid but I believe somehow we’ll be able to relive these profound moments of our lives when we get to heaven…
    And I’d love to have my mom on tape interacting with each of my children. She was such an amazing “Nanny” I want them to remember…

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  77. Pete Wilson says:

    @Robin, you know I’ve never really thought about that before but why not? I love that idea of reliving moments that brought us so much joy.

  78. denise says:

    That was beautiful, thanks for sharing. What a gift to have such a well-done video of that special day. I wish I could go back and re-live the 3 days that my children were born. Someone commented above that they hope that’s an option in heaven … to not only read your stories but see video clips of the special moments in your life. I’m gonna hold out for that : )

  79. alece says:

    “oh my stars!”

    that was fantastic.

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