Marvelous Monday

Last Monday was not my ideal day, but I woke up- and that, in and of itself, made it marvelous.

After we got news that Addie’s MRI wasn’t crystal clear, my heart sank, heavy in my chest. Friends reached out- sending love, prayers and hugs. I am still feeling those- thankful that so many who love our sweet lady and are standing behind her, no matter what the outcome. And then, there was an article.

My best friend was in a fit of worry. I could tell, as she’d called me about 4 times and sent some texts- everything from asking if I was OK to pictures and memes trying to get my mind off the news. And then she sent me an article, THIS article and I read it through tears of knowing, because all those late nights and stressful times that have come, I’ve never felt a moment of anything but thanks. This line resonated with me, heaving a sigh through my body as though I was reading something written about me from a total stranger: “You will never regret the sacrifices you make for them now.”

I know it is hard, this thing we refer to as parenting, but more than that? It’s rewarding. I’ve partied… a lot. I’ve celebrated, had girls’ night, gone on dates. And now, my nights are home. My friendships often get nourished through Skype chats and play dates of chasing babies. Some friends have come and some have gone.

But I have the love of my life and the sweet baby (almost babies!) we’ve made… and I have this.

Bath Time

A small body laid curled over my leg.

Yotion, she asked. The L adorably replaced.

How could I resist her plea?

I started with her neck.
Parting her hair to the side- her golden curls still wet from the water, leaving marks on my shorts.

I moved down her back, as she swirled her body around.
Her belly rubbing my skin below, her feet meeting below the bowing of her legs.

She was round where God intended.
Her perfect limbs curled in just that way.
With small fingers tucked neatly under her chin.

I massaged her soft skin,
between each roll and over every muscle.
Watching her eyelids grow heavy as she drifted to sleep.
Repeating the same songs my own mother sang to me as a child.

These are the moments in between all the other moments that I remember best.
Long summer days filled with gardens and sprinklers.
Bug catchers and pinwheels.
Laughter that the neighbors stop to enjoy.
A bath that leaves a ring of dirt- the telltale sign of a good day-
and the minutes that follow.

Just me and her.
Lying together under the fan.
A mother and child.

Love redefined in memories that are mine to remember.

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Aww, that is so sweet. There is nothing greater than those little moments in time that we get to spend with our babies.

  2. susan worth

    Lovely memories!

  3. It is amazing how much we change for them and instantly will give up everything to make them healthy and happy. Hoping you get clear answers soon.
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  4. That is beautiful! You have the most wonderful and uplifting messages, stay strong!
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  5. It is so true what they said, “You will never regret the sacrifices you make for them now.”, great words of wisdom for any parent going through a rough time or just the day to day.
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  6. Parenting is difficult especially when our children get sick and the helplessness begins within our hearts. I loved your Bath Time poem and also love the memories created from motherhood and being a grandmother.
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  7. I like this post! It’s sweet. What a great way to start a week. Happy Monday!
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  8. This is so sweet. I hope you get the answers soon.
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  9. Those little moments are what make all the challenges melt away and you are enveloped in love with your little one. Cherish those moments as they will help you remain strong through the trials.
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  10. A great way to start Monday. Thank you for sharing.
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  11. Oh honey, I’m so sorry about your troublesome news! I loved reading about your barhtime ritual, it’s been a long time since I bathed and put my daughter to sleep – she’s 16 now!
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  12. Sending lots of prayers and hoping Addie’s test results will be alright.

    Your poem is so beautiful. Addie is so blessed to have such a wonderful, talented, and caring mom.

    Hugs,

  13. Beautiful poem!I love that you have made such beautiful memories with your precious child.
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  14. How gorgeous! I really enjoyed this poem!
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  15. SO true! Although motherhood is full of sacrifices, I’ve never regretted sacrificing anything for my son’s happiness.
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  16. What a beautiful message. No matter what’s happening around us or to us, we have to stay strong and remember to embrace the the time that we have right now – not be so overcome with worry that we never see the good times when we’re living them.
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  17. HUGS. . . your writing is beautiful. Thank you for that.
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  18. What a sweet poem, you can see the love! I hope the test come back okay! Hugs!!
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  19. Pam

    There’s nothing better than the time we get to spend with our children. They grow and change so fast. You don’t want to miss a thing.

  20. Praise God it came back clear! Thank you Jesus for answering the heartfelt prayers from your people! I am so happy for you! Thank you for the update!
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  21. Thanks for sharing this great moment. It reminds of bath time with my little ones.
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  22. What wonderful news about the MRI!!! YAY!! You have such a sweet friend that she was so worried about you. <3
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  23. This is soo sweet. Thank you for sharing your special moments with us.
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  24. What a nice poem to share. Theres nothing better then being with our kids.
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  25. You write such beautiful poetry!! I love the imagery of this baby bath time!
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  26. Great poem. It is so important to make memories with our loved ones. You have such a special bond with your daughter.

  27. Beautiful poem!! Hope you guys get some good news soon!!
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  28. This gave me chills to read. Your mama love is fierce and beautiful!
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