Who is she today?
Is she safe?
Is she happy?
Does her mama know what a gift she is?
I remember the weight of her tiny body on my chest, her newborn baby smell, the breeze blowing through the soft dark hair on her head.
I bake cake
I light candles and sing "happy birthday"
You see this mama heart not only aches for the daughter that God gave me to hold for a short time and know for 6 months and love for a lifetime. It celebrates;
I'll light the candles in honor of a 4 year old who stole my heart, who was named and loved.
I'll also celebrate
The gift of prayers answered in ways that seemed opposite of what I wanted, but are exactly the answers I needed.
The gift of babies to love for a short time or for their whole lives.
The gift of foster babies reunited with their mamas
The gift of the laughter of waiting children in orphanages
The gift of tiny babies in the womb whom never took a breath on earth
The gift of wombs full of life and wombs that are empty
The gift of babies born at home in water and those born in hospital rooms, the very definition of what strong is.
The gift of babies that pass through my hands into their mothers arms
The gift of an 11year old who were not supposed to be able to walk or live to be 5, riding her first bike.
The gift of a strong little boy who beats the odds every day with each beat of his super heart.
The gift of big grinned boy born on the day of peace, that is the definition of living fully into the beauty of bittersweet.
This year as the wax drips and melts the frosting-purple this year because she is 4. I celebrate the gift of motherhood. I honor those who have mothered me and those whom God has given me to mother, if only for a moment. Because it matters.
"the word mother is more powerful when used as a verb than as a noun. All woman are not mothers, but all women are called to mother. To mother is to nurture, to train, to educate, to rear. As daughters of Eve all women are uniquely gifted to help others in their lives become more of who they truly are -- to encourage, nurture, and mothers them toward who they truly are" -Stasi Eldredge, Captivating.
Happy Birthday Isabella Esperanza Maria!
Whose name means "God is my oath and hope in this sea of bitterness"
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