Weekly Image of Life: Children and Their Gifts

Psalm 127:3 (NLT) Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

A little over 9 months ago, my husband and I were blessed with the greatest gift.  A sweet baby girl who makes us wonder how we ever lived life without her.  She is my personal sunshine and every day she lights up my life.  I want to remember every milestone and capture every moment, while sharing the happiness she brings me with the people I love the most.

This year, the majority of the gifts we gave for Christmas were pictures of our little family, with my darling daughter at the center of it all.  Our hope was that her sparkling eyes and infectious smile would bring warmth into the hearts of all who received one, and as I share these pictures I hope they do the same for all of you!

All photo credit goes to our incredibly talented friend and professional photographer, Squint Foto, and I hope you’ll take a moment to visit his website:  www.squintfoto.com

Blessings to you all!!

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My personal favorite. They have my heart. xoxo
My personal favorite. They have my heart. xoxo

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!

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: 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!

My Unspeakable Joy

A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. John 16:21 (NKJV)

My Darling Alexandra Simone,

3 months have passed since my last letter, and I’m in utter shock and disbelief that you’re 6 months old today!!  Baby girl, I can’t believe how much you’ve grown! It seems like only yesterday that your daddy and I would get excited at every chance we had to see your eyes open, and now we can hardly get you to close them because you don’t want to miss a thing!! My inquisitive little dear, it’s no wonder that you’ve mastered the roll and the scoot, and grabbing any and everything is your new favorite hobby.  You view everything with fresh eyes and being around you helps me to do the same.

In the original “plan” I would’ve been a month into a new school year at work.  However, God gave us peace in making the decision to have me stay home with you, and I couldn’t be happier.  Each day I awake wondering what new adventures are in store for us, and I feel blessed to be the one by your side as you discover the world around you.

When you laugh out loud you crack me up!!  How are you so funny?!  I never thought anything could match your gummy smile, but now that there’s a tooth in there it’s the perfect complement to your beautiful cheesy grin. You’ve become one with your booster seat and spoon, and your zeal for food is eerily familiar… 🙂 You love a cool breeze on your face, and when the toys on your jumper move just as you intended you light up brighter than the Christmas tree at Union Square.

Ahhh my sweet, sweet child, I have tears of joy thinking back on this time we’ve spent, but there’s some reservation too.  As much as I look forward to seeing you hit your next milestone, a part of me wants you to stay my baby forever.  You find comfort in me, you know I’m present and that I’m not going anywhere. I never want that to change. But wait a minute.  That’s the beauty of our relationship isn’t it?  No matter the age, no matter the distance, regardless of who may come and go, you will ALWAYS be my baby and I will ALWAYS be proud to be your mom.

I love you more than you’ll ever know.  Happy Half-Birthday to you!!!

Love, love, love you,

Mommy