Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lots of Gifts

Today I am so thankful for the three beautiful young women God gave to Jeff and I. 

Making a decision to have a child--it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
~Elizabeth Stone

Oh yes.  It's true. 

Here I am, before my heart left my body, standing with Jeff and his parents at 8 months pregnant with our first.  Apparently it was really cool to wear an awning when you were pregnant in 1986.

I had no idea what becoming a mother would mean.

Again with the stripes!  Here I think I was beginning to get an idea that I was in way over my head.  I remember thinking "I don't think I can do this!"  And so I started praying.  A lot.

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
~Abraham Lincoln

I prayed they would know how much we loved them.  I prayed they would learn to love God's word and depend on it.  I prayed they would like each other.  I prayed they would be wise, admit their own sin and be quick to ask for forgiveness.  I prayed they would survive my mistakes as a mother.

Now I pray all the time that my girls will increasingly know the love God has for them and the deep fulfillment of life lived for Him.  That they see what a liar the world is.  They are always on my mind, in my prayers...

They're three very unique and gifted women...

Creative, smart, loving.

Compassionate, kind, funny.

Generous, tender-hearted, strong.

Three amazing gifts.

"I asked the Lord to give me these children and He has granted my request. Now I am giving them to the Lord, and they will belong to the Lord their whole lives."  1 Sam. 1:27

Happy Mother's Day!

P.S.  This summer I'm getting a son!

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