Last night I got to spend an hour watching and holding a precious 2-day-old baby boy. He was so sweet and tiny and you could just tell that he was absolutely straight from heaven's grasp! I loved watching him try and open his sleepy eyes to look around his new home and try and focus on the new face that was holding him. I loved feeling his warm tiny body wiggle in my arms. But, most of all I LOVED watching his new parents fawn over him and care for him in that new parent over-protective, but oh so sweet way. Their faces said it all. They felt so blessed and so overwhelmed and they were just so full of love for this new little spirit that had joined their family.
I couldn't help but think back to those first few days with Beth and then with James. I could remember how overwhelmed with love and responsibility we felt seeing those precious little babies who were ours FOREVER! Not just for a few hours or days, but really ours to be stewards over forever. I was so glad to have that reminder yesterday. Sometimes its hard to remember when your toddlers are pushing your buttons and you are raising your voice at them (like you vowed you would never do) for at least the 20th time that day. Or when you are having to send someone to time-out for the same infraction for the 3rd time. Some days are frustrating and I feel like I get to my wits end and I forget how precious my kids are. How they really are God's children that he has lent me to raise. I forget how excited I was to know when I was pregnant with them and how deliriously happy I was when they were born and I finally got to hold them in my arms. Sometimes I even forget those wonderful moments when Beth wraps her arms around me and says "I love you Mommy, your my best friend!" Or seeing those smiles from James and getting his loves and kisses. But today I am going to try and remember. With Mother's Day just a few days away I think its important for us mom's not only to be appreciated but to appreciate what a special job it is that we have! I'm totally preaching to myself here...but just as a reminder to myself, who could not love these faces???