We've really been soaking up the sun, since the rain has given us a break! I love being able to take Mira outside and watch her chase bubbles, play with rocks, play ring around the rosie, and swing for hours! I'm so thankful to be home with her, and to be able to enjoy the outdoors with her! We went swimming for the first time of the season in Pap Pap's pool! She was a fish!
Sunny days are good for the soul, and boy, has my soul been feeling good! Loving EVERY minute of it!
Our roots say we're sisters, our hearts say we're friends. ~Author Unknown
This was taken on a very special day for me, the day my sister finally got to meet my daughter!
I am so grateful for my sister! (AND not just because she bailed me out yesterday and watched my kid! ha!)
We have always been close, but not necessarily got along. We fought constantly, ripped each others hair out, pinched/gouged/scratched, and screamed. Fought over boyfriends, she always "won". We are different flowers from the same garden. I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I grew up without her. Now that we are grown, she is my best friend. We have shared many special moments, but the most amazing was when she asked me to be in the delivery room when her daughter was born! I will never forget that, mostly because I rubbed her butt for 30 hours of labor! That amazing, miraculous moment of birth is such a special thing for a Mommy, and she allowed me to be apart of it. I am forever grateful!
We are still opposites, but have similar goals and dreams. We talk everyday, and see each other every week. Our daughters are close in age, and will hopefully grow up to be as good of friends as we are!
She displays strength and patience every day, even when she doesn't think she is. Her life isn't easy, but she keeps on trucking. She's the peacekeeper, devoted wife, loving mother, faithful Christian, and loyal friend I only pray that I can be.
6. In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
This is such a difficult thing for me to do. I often worry about things, and try to figure it out on my own, and then I think, "Duh, you can't do this alone". It still amazes me that even though I've grown up in the church, and been a Christian since forever, I forget that God is in control of every move I make, every minute of every day. Our plans really mean nothing, because he's already written the master plan. The peace that washes over me when I give my worries to God is a feeling like nothing else. My prayer for today is that we can all live our lives with the feeling of peace, knowing that we are safe in His loving arms. Man, what an awesome God!
AND because I never write a post without a picture, how about this adorable trio.......
I've had this title in my head for a very long time, and couldn't come up with the right words to fashion a post. Well, it's 4:53AM and it's finally hit me. Here it goes........
18 months ago, we met a small town girl, wanting to make something beautiful out of a bad situation. Since that day, I have not been able to get her off my mind, or out of my heart. Although we don't know her very well, I look into her eyes everyday, wondering how she is. I wonder if they act the same? If she had the same little curls in the back of her hair? Do they giggle the same, smile the same, talk the same? Sometimes I see Mira's Birth Mom in her, sometimes I very much see myself. I know that Mira is part of her Birth Mom, but when I look into those hopeful blue eyes, I can't imagine her being anymore a part of me. I am so blessed not only to have my little Mira*cle in my life, but equally important, her Birth Mom. Even though we don't talk a lot or see her in person, there's not a day that goes by that she isn't in my thoughts, on my heart, a part of our life, a part of me.
A Birthmothers Love
As I watch my precious child drift off to sleep
My thoughts are with you with love so deep
We prayed that someday a child would come
although we had no idea where she'd be from
You carried her with love beneath your heart
knowing your lives would be lived apart
You searched for parents that could raise her right
to love her, read to her and kiss her good-night
When we first met there was such a connection
you choose us to parent with little hesitation
Delivery day came and with that a beautiful daughter
and we want her to know the LOVE of her Birthmother
A part of her life we asked you to stay
so she could know you and your loving way
For if it weren't for your love and unselfishness
This bright little girls life we would have missed
They say you don't truly understand, until you become one yourself. I think I may have gotten it a little sooner than that, maybe because I was older then most when I became one. I'm writing about my 2 Moms for gratituesday, because this weekend I plan on posting about another very special "Mom" in our life.
I was blessed to be given such a wonderful, loving, supportive, hard-working Mother at birth. Being the middle child was a hard role for me, but I never felt that my Mom loved me any less, just had to deal with the older and younger siblings attacking me from both sides! (Yeah, I still love them!) Man, when I think about all the things my Mom sacrificed for us growing up, I'm very humbled. We didn't have a lot growing up, but we never went without, and I'm thankful for both my parents teaching us to have faith in God, and to work for our dreams. I pray that I will be as wonderful a role-model to my children as my Mother is to me.
When my Hubby and I started dating, I hadn't really given much thought to his family, but once I met them, I realized they were like mine; loving, supportive, hard-working, and welcoming! One of our first dates was to his family reunion, where I was given a "We are family" t-shirt and stuck in the family photo! Guess they liked me! My Mother-in-law is also one of those Moms who has sacrificed many things for her family through the years, and like my Mom, has worked hard to raise her family and provide them with what they needed. She'll tell you I'm her favorite Daughter-in-law. (I'm the ONLY daughter-in-law!!!)
My gratitude today is to my Mom, for loving me and always supporting me in all my craziness, and to my Mother-in-law, for raising her Son to be my perfect mate, and for welcoming me into the family, and for both Moms loving us and supporting us unconditionally.
This is one of my favorite pictures, it was taken a few days after I became a Mommy, and it was the first time our Moms met Mira.
(Notice the Grampy's in the background, in line to wash their hands!)
This is the first picture that was taken of Me as a Mommy. I will never forget this moment!