It’s been a touch rough lately and this picture truly shows the results of it. Abby has been teething and mom and baby have had a few nights of wakefulness. Some nights Abby gets up and is wide awake for two hours in the middle of the night. But these rough nights I’m talking about are definitely different, they are nights of Abby sleeping a half an hour and then getting up all night, maybe an hour here, twenty minutes there, all night.
We had a wonderful weekend full of seeing Aunt Debbie, Uncle Gregg and his girl friend, Jennifer. Debbie and I have been wanting to get together since Christmas but with everything that we both have going on, it took way too long. Everyone was so surprised by how Abby has grown. It is wonderful seeing family and getting together but when you are sleep deprived it can be difficult.
We are expecting my parents in for a visit at the end of this week. They saw Abby at Easter and I know they can hardly wait to see her again. Nothing like loving on a baby. Hoping and praying that we have good restful nights, during their visit.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10
The definition of a sister doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Sister when you look it up means a female offspring, having both parents in common with another offspring; female sibling. A female friend or protector regarded as a sister.
I have two sisters and they mean the world to me. We didn’t always get along while growing up but at times they were the ones I went to when my world was upside down, and still do. I always know whatever I tell them they have my best interests, they always listen to me when I need them, without judgement, with love. I also have a brother, and even though he is not my sister, he is a sibling and also very important to me.
Sisters or siblings share so much together, secrets, pain, love and so much more. Since getting married I also have some sister in-laws who are also very important to me. Relationships are different but there is a sisterly bond, something I can’t quite put my finger on, but it is there. Sharing our worries, our lives together, in the good times and bad. Sounds kind of like marriage.
Then there are a few people, that is not a sister or sibling but she is like a sister in every way. You know that no matter what you tell her, she is for you. She and her husband are your friends, your confidants, the ones who encourage you and help you, in sadness, and joy.
I think my sister friend and my sisters are both that, we share everything. We go to them for council, sometimes to see if my feeling this way is right or if they can understand. Sometimes the men in our life don’t get us females. God made them differently so when we are hurt or confused they can’t always understand how we feel.
Now I have another relationship in my life, that is sisters or maybe we are aunties. Tiffany and I are both mommies to these two precious babes. I feel so blessed to have her in my life and to have Gabby in Abby’s life. We are one big happy family, we are looking forward to so many fun times. Gabby and Abby have each other as siblings but they also have my three girls too and any other siblings that Tiffany ends up having. Family it is perfect!
More to come later!
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10
3. the qualities characteristic of a mother, as maternal affection
4. something or someone that gives rise to or exercises protecting care over something else; orgin or source
Michael and I are both so blessed to have such wonderful role models as our mothers. I think there are so many definitions for a mother that the few that I listed don’t even reach what a mother really is and can be. A mother does so much, just nurturing a child, with unconditional love, it is so amazing. Even when us naughty, confused children don’t deserve it. Isn’t that like how the Lord loves us, without us ever deserving it. Mothers give all that we have and more.
I was surprised when my oldest Beka got married and realized that we still worry and even though that motherly role changes, we are still the mother. We just pick up our daughters spouse and then eventually will worry about our Grandchildren.
Today an Aunt or Grandmother, could be a mother to a child. I was very lucky to have my mother in my life and still do. She taught me how to love and be a mother, by her example. Thank you Mom, you mean more to me than you will ever know. Mom’s teach their children how to give, how to be.
My Grandma’s were always very important to me when I was growing up, but when I was a new mother, my Grandma Corey lived nearby and we took care of each other. Grandma I miss your phone calls and especially when I was sick, you were always so caring. I feel comfort that you are in heaven looking down at us, and I hope that you would be proud of us. That you would see little Abby and see another Grandchild of yours.
I’ve been a mother for my 4 girls for over 22 yrs and it’s so wonderful to be a mother. I can’t imagine my life without my girls, all special and unique in their own way. This year I am new mother again to Abby and I don’t even have the words to describe how it feels. Maybe it’s because I thought we were done having children, I really don’t know why this year is so special. Maybe this one is so important to me because just last year, we didn’t even know Abby. There was no pregnancy to say, she’s coming soon. We knew we wanted a baby to adopt but it was all the unknown. I looked back at my post last year and it made me cry. Such longing to have this child, to accomplish what God planted and watered in me. Also to see my wish that this child, would be here by this Mother’s day. To see it happen, all the twists and turns we took, and here she is. I am feeling like she is such a beautiful gift that God wrapped up for us and handed her to us, to raise, love and cherish. Every child is a gift from God.
Today Abby is 7 months old and it just seems like yesterday that we held her for the first time and it also seems like forever. I feel so blessed and amazed to have such a family, as I do. To love my husband after almost 23 years of marriage, to share our dreams, love, tears and so much more. This is a tribute to our parents, because without seeing love between them, we wouldn’t know how to really love each other. We are sharing this new child in our lives and we are both enjoying it so much. It’s only right that Abby’s name Abigail means one who brings joy. Also her middle name Hope, is just so perfect. Faith is the synonym for Hope, without Faith can there be Hope?
But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
More to come later!
Would love to hear stories of your life or your tribute to your mother…
This week we took Abby to her 6 month pediatrician visit. Michael had to go with us, he is so sweet. The nurse was so nice to us and gave us tons of samples. She talked to us about her finding out that she can’t have children and we were able to talk to her about the agency we went through.
Abby was so good, she got 3 different shots and one oral immunization. Abby is gaining weight and growing steadily. Every day we see Abby doing new things and progressing right where she needs too.
It felt so right and good to actually be taking her to her doctor and to speak to her doctor like her parents. To be her parents, the ones that make all the decisions for their daughter.
Michael and I took Abby out to dinner with us, to a Mexican restaurant, she had her first taste of guacamole. Her face was so cute, she looked like she didn’t like it but she kept eating it. It is so fun, seeing Abby do all these new things. I am so thankful that we were a part of her life as soon as possible, as early as 6 weeks old. The new doctor said you have been in her life from the start, how awesome.
It’s been over a month now that we have had her everyday. She has slept in her room every day, she has played and ate everyday in her house. She wakes up every morning and cries when she wants up and mommy comes and gets her. Everyday she gets to know us more and more. Everyday her daddy mooshes her and kisses her with his tickly mustache. Everyday she becomes more and more ours.
If you have love to give, consider adoption or fostering. Also there are other ways to support this need, in financial support.
Phillip Hayden is a great way to support a child while they are waiting for a family to adopt them. This is where God opened my eyes and changed our lives. You can sponsor a child for $35 a month. Check it out at www.chinaorphans.org
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15