What a difference one year can make.
On August 11, 2011 I was enduring one of the longest, scariest nights of my life. Anticipating the birth of my pre-term baby kept me tossing and turning in the hospital all night long; not to mention, the painful contractions were intense. The last news we had received from the doctor before telling us he would be back in the morning, was that they were not sure what to do next. They were considering keeping me in the hospital for a couple weeks until they were sure this baby was ready to come. The thought made me sick, but the welfare of my baby was most important. The feelings and emotions were terrifying.
On August 11, 2012 I sat in my family room piecing together a photo banner from the last 12 months of my baby's life. Reflecting, I tried to stir up the emotions from just one year ago. They felt so real and so strong, but were over powered this time by immense gratitude. Gratitude for a loving Heavenly Father who allowed our baby to come to our family healthy and without incident. Gratitude for four incredible babies who fill my life with purpose and joy. Gratitude for a husband who loves and supports our family so well. Gratitude for health, strength and happiness.
I know that life is constantly changing. I see how drastically (for the better) our home has changed in a year. I continually thank my Heavenly Father for my many blessings because I know that life is not always perfect. I know that we are asked to face certain trials and discomforts. I know that pregnancy and bringing babies here is definitely a trial in my life. I also know that enduring these trials does bring happiness. Our family is a testament to that happiness.
Happy Birthday Eve Baby Crew!