World Breastfeeding Week – Patricia, Alexandra and Lily

 

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I always knew I wanted to breast-feed my babies. I whole-heartedly believe in the health benefits and was determined to stick to this part of my post-partum plan. Leading up to the birth of my oldest daughter I realized that I didn’t know much about what was to come.

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That Helpless Feeling…

Growing up, my mom had a very special way of making me feel better when I was sick.  She would hold me close, with her arms tightly wrapped around me, and say ”give it to mommy, give it to mommy”.  She’d repeat this over and over again, lulling me into a place of comfort and peace.  In her warm embrace I knew I’d be better soon, and even as an adult I know there’s nothing like my mother’s touch.  From that moment of conception and to this present day, she’d do whatever was necessary to take my pain away. Receiving my icky germs and contracting whatever ailment I had meant nothing to her as long as I was healthy and happy.  This kind of love was once hard to fathom, but now I completely understand.

Something wonderful happens when you become a mother.  The instantaneous love leads to the desire to nurture and protect in a way I can’t fully describe.  There’s nothing like knowing you’re the one your baby depends on to help her thrive, and this instinct was strong in me this week as my daughter battled her first real illness.  My poor little girl had tummy woes, and I felt my heart-break as she struggled to keep her food down. As she winced in discomfort, and cried for me to make her feel better, the tears streaming down her face were the perfect description of how I felt on the inside.  She was lethargic and dehydrated and it bothered me that there wasn’t an instant fix. As we approached the third day of dealing with this it was challenging for me not to feel as though I was failing her.  The feeling of helplessness tried to set in when she seemed to be inconsolable, and after running  through the gamut of possible solutions, my husband received a pitiful voicemail and text in between me putting on a brave face for her. I know I’m a good mom, but that doesn’t prevent the days and moments where I think I’m letting my sweet angel down. 🙁

But in the midst of all this there’s good news!  The reality is that I’m not a failure and never was. Nor am I helpless seeing as how I’m equipped with the Word of God, prayer, and Holy Spirit wisdom!  I continue to speak and believe in her healing, and I know that today she will wake up with smiles and a hearty appetite! The chores may go undone and we may or may not leave the house, but I’ll do whatever it takes to see her dimples, and now toothy grin, shine brightly today!! 🙂

Alexandra is God’s daughter first and foremost, and as much as I love her there’s nothing He won’t and can’t do!!  I can’t think of anything more comforting than that, so instead of beating myself up I will put my trust in the Lord and continue to give Him thanks!

Psalm 136:26 (AMP)
 O give thanks to the God of heaven, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
How do you react when your children are sick?  Do you trust God for their full and complete healing?

Weekly Image of Life: Inspiration

Selecting a photo (or photos) for this particular “image of life” was challenging for me.  My parents move tomorrow and I was busy doing what I could to make their transition as smooth as possible.  In the midst of it all I had, well, I just had one of those weeks.  But I digress.  The point is that I wasn’t sure what to share.  I have the Lord to look to for my ultimate inspiration, but what could I post to encapsulate His awesome truth?  Ahhh so many, many things, but then I experienced a very special moment.

Just before her bedtime, my sweet Alexandra was bonding with her daddy.  As I observed the interaction between my daughter and husband my heart melted.  As she laughed, smiled, and squealed in pure delight, I nearly shed a tear at the uncomplicated joy of it all!  I watched intently as I contemplated my own happiness.  I smile a lot and love to laugh, but far too often I allow the little things to get me down.  I analyze and mull things over, while sometimes (unnecessarily) feeling as though I must be the one to carry the burdens on my shoulder.  This couldn’t be further from the truth! As I reflect on my many blessings, my healthy family, and an Almighty God who’s love for me never fails, I am inspired to love stronger, laugh more, and live in the joy that is set before me!

“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”    Mother Teresa

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey.  If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Weekly Image of Life: Seasons and Changes

Ecclesiastes 3:1

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

I pray that at this point you all know that everything I share is done so in love and from the sincerest part of my heart.  Today is no exception, as I introduce you to the woman I admire, adore and deeply appreciate for being the most phenomenal mom I know.   From the day He decided we were to be together, God has blessed me in such a mighty way through her.  Generous, selfless, motivating, passionate, strong…oh the list of her amazing attributes goes on and on!  Most importantly she is a woman after God’s own heart, and if I can be just a hint of the mother she’s been to me, I know my sweet Alexandra will be in good shape.

I’m choosing to share all of this with you now, because in a little over a week she and my stepdad (another blessing!) will be moving across the country to GeorgiaI know I’m an adult, and wife and mother now myself, but there’s nothing like having your mommy close-by.  I will miss her tremendously, but I’m supremely confidant that our relationship will continue to grow.  This is a new season in her life, and I encourage her to embrace it with everything that she has.  My parents are homeowners now, which is a dream fulfilled, and I’m thrilled for what the Lord is doing in their lives.  A change has come, but one thing will never change.  My mom is my hero, and I can’t thank her enough for how she’s enriched my life. 

This beautiful card says so much…

I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!!!!!

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey.  If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Weekly Image of Life: Discovery

I’ve always loved to discover new things, but I must admit that for a long stretch of time I wasn’t doing much to seek different and exciting experiences.  It’s not that I didn’t want to, but rather it became secondary to the pull and tug of everyday life.  Since becoming a mom I’ve begun to view this whole idea with a different set of eyes, and with my daughter every discovery is special.  I look forward to not only seeing and sharing more with her, but to also get in touch with some discoveries of my own!  For now, enjoy some of the things my curious little girl has uncovered. 🙂

One of the first of many, many smiles to come. Daddy is a comfy couch! I can be a ballerina too!Thanks for the offer, but I’ve got this. The fun begins with my feet! I am a HEAVY sleeper. Lol. Don’t worry, mommy moved me! 😉I can fly!! My thumb is dee-licious! Nom, nom. Like father like daughter! In my booster seat like a big girl. Bananas are tasty! I can sit up too!! Grabbing mommy’s face is free entertainment. This tooth adds character.  Don’t you agree? Well that’s all for now.  I must scoot away into the sunset.  Backwards no less!

I can’t wait to see what happens next!  What discoveries have you made lately?!

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey.  If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!