Today is Kelli’s birthday…next week it’s Kayla’s. This is birthday season for our family as Buck’s birthday is the following week.
It’s been such a joy to watch my kids become parents. I know you who have grandchildren can attest to that. Some of my kids surprise me. Ones who I thought might be softies, aren’t. Ones I thought you might be hands off are definitely hands on. With it all, I very pleased with the parents they’ve become. They are far from those dreaded teen years, but so far, so good.
You might remember not long ago, Kayla and Spencer had Jasper.
She had a rough go of things and recovery has been a bit of a struggle but slowly she’s getting there. Spencer took two weeks off of work and it’s good he did. Kayla’s been back to the doctor a couple times but finally is on the mend. Doesn’t she look better at home?
Work and the weather here hasn’t really allowed me to get down there safely to see them all again. Kayla has been great at sending me pictures.
I love it.
While we were at the hospital Kayla loving looked down at Jasper and said, “Look Mom, I made him”. Yep…you did Kayla (with a lot of help from God and Spencer)
The other day Buck called and said something about how neat it is that immediately when kids are born, parents feel connected to them. That you love them immediately.
The thing that my kids don’t get at all yet is this….
I still feel the exact same way about all of them. The day Kelli was born I looked at her in amazement thinking, “Wow…I made this.”
I looked at Kayla and thought “How can I love you so much, I really don’t know you?”
I looked at Buck and thought “oh my word…a boy to love. What a blessing you are.”
I looked at Karl and thought, “my little baby- here is the most wonderful baby in the world”.
I looked at Kalissa and thought, “the girl I hoped for…You’re gonna be my buddy for life..how precious you are.”
No matter how many kids you have the miracle of birth and baby is always fresh and wonderful.
The thing the kids don’t know…and probably won’t know for years and years to come (likely when their children have children) is this. I still feel the exact same way about them. I still get those magical twinkles…I still wonder, “how can I love you so much”….I still look at them and think “what a blessing you are”. It doesn’t matter if they are a fresh newborn or 27 years old. I think a mom can always look at their children and wonder at the miracle and blessing they are.
I’m sure my mom did the same thing as she saw me at the birth of our kiddos. I’m sure she did it my entire life.
People always look at birth and death as the circle of life….there are so many other milestones in between like the realizations I see with the birth of a new grandbaby confident that my mom, did the very same thing and my kids will too.