The first moment of Chelsea's life was one of quiet joy and thankfulness. Sweet tears flowed down my cheeks as I held that sweet little baby girl. She had the sweetest, most quiet little cry. The "joy" part came to a sudden end. She spent the first month of her precious life in and out of the hospital. As a young mom, I asked the medical staff if she was going to live - they didn't know. I was so scared to become attached, for fear I would lose her. I chose to attach myself, though. Medical issues followed her through her early childhood and many prayers were sent to Jesus to heal my little girl.
When Chelsea was 18 months old, Rachel Lynne came into our family! The moment she was born was filled with laughter and joy. She screamed with pure gusto as soon as she caught her first breath. The nurse said, "This one's gonna be a spitfire!". Boy, was she right! She was (and continues to be) healthy and happy and screamy (in a funny, good way!), and full of life. While Chelsea rolled around on the floor in her body cast (from a broken femur), Rachel made sure she was entertained. She's always been one to help others. I had no idea we could see that at such a young age! Rachel has grown into a strong leader with a heart of service to others.
A few years into my motherhood journey, I experienced the loss of a child. At twelve weeks, I miscarried. The peace that was given to me during that time of sadness, came from knowing that my little one would have the very best of the very best of parents! "Clay" would grow up in the loving arms of Jesus and would never experience any heartache or pain. I will hug him with all my might when I see him in Heaven!
A few years later, Maggie Beth stepped onto planet Earth! I decided it would be really awesome to experience the "pangs of childbirth" with her, so I went with no pharmaceutical assistance during her birth. The Bible speaks of "when deep calls to deep".... well, I now know where that is! I had never experienced pain in my inner core like I did that day!
Maggie was so energetic as a little one. At just 18 months old, she was climbing out of her crib and over gates that are "supposed" to keep babies safe and confined. Well, that didn't work so well with Little Mags! Little did I know that all this activity was a pre-cursor to who she would eventually become! She is now a Level 8 gymnast! I never dreamed I would have one of those!
All of these unique qualities of my little girls are very special, but the one that gives me the most peace is knowing that they know Jesus. They really know Him. They have grown their own, personal relationship with Him. This has been my one steadfast prayer through the decades. He has been so faithful to answer my prayers. Not always as quickly as I desired, but He has always come through.
I am so very proud of these three young ladies. On this special day for Moms, I thank God for the opportunity to know what it is to be a mom. I also pray for those Moms who have lost little ones and for those who have not yet walked down that path. We have all been created for His purposes. Wherever He has placed us, and in whatever roles He has placed us, He will be faithful to us and to His Word.
May you be blessed as you walk out your special purpose today.