And we didn't mind catering to her preference ;)
As the last few years have brought on the inevitable changes of growing up, our sweet Emma has lost that baby face. In its place, there is that of a beautiful young lady.
And her little-girl heart has grown up as well.
1st day of Kindergarten
Our first set of sweet babies came to us during that very vulnerable and naive season of young parenthood. We had a poorly balanced checkbook and a newborn marriage.
We believed that the weight of our worries about bedtimes and balanced meals actually had eternal importance. Well, we must have thought that because of how much time and effort and hand-wringing went into that work!
Flowers from Dad
Our little party
I think it is impossible to have a concept of seeing beyond the baby & toddler years to a place where those same babies make all their very own choices, including bedtimes and balanced meals ... and more.
I relish those years with emotions that can't find words.
Hindsight is both a painful and precious thing. It helps me to narrow my focus and measure carefully where I draw my line in the sand today ... which might change tomorrow.
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." - Ephesians 6:12
The trenches of motherhood have been a beautiful place for me ... tempered with babies breath and chubby hands, tear-stained faces and a lot of grace. Days are long but the years are more fleeting than I could have possibly imagined.
Passages are never going to be something I take lightly ... I am immensely thankful to have journeyed this far with my sweet little E and count it as an immeasurable privilege to come out of the trenches to ready her for the world ... heart & soul.