Today is a very special day in our family. Today is Miss M’s third birthday! As we celebrated this weekend, I looked back through some baby pictures of her. My, how she’s grown. She was such a beautiful baby and is now such a beautiful little girl. Even more amazing was how much Z and D have grown since her birth. Pictures of them holding her show how young they really were!
It’s so easy when raising children to think they are older than they are. I think because we see the kids everyday it’s easy to miss how much they grow and change over the months and years. I know that I am guilty of expecting more of my kids than might be fair. To me they seem so big and I sometimes forget they are still just kids.
As February approaches, in what seems to be lightning speed, I am reminded that I have been blessed with another life – another child. This I do not take for granted. These lives were given to me as a gift from God. God trusted me enough to love them, raise them and teach them about Him. For this I am grateful. For this I am thankful.
People look at me like I’m crazy when I they ask if this is my first child and I say, nope this will be the fourth. It seems people just can’t understand why anyone would want any more than two children. When I tell them we are licensed for foster care and adoption, you can see the confusion in their eyes. I secretly enjoy this and love to watch their expression. It’s almost like they go from happy and excited for me to a look of sympathy. So funny.
My prayer is that I am constantly reminded of the gifts that I have been given and that I never take for granted these gifts and the lives that I have been entrusted with. Help me God to remember to breathe when life gets hard and days get long. Help me to be the very best mother that I can be, even on my worst days. Thank you for these blessings. I can never say thank you enough.
I will end with this. I heard a great quote the other day. “Parenthood is long days and short years.” How true that is.