The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.Laura Ingalls Wilder
What was good about your year | You had a fantastic year filled with tremendous milestones. I couldn’t believe how much your vocabulary changed this year and how your speech flourished. You were able to “graduate” from speech therapy and give us two extra hours each week to be together. You are talking like crazy and like to make a motion with your hand while saying, “Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk.” You are clever, and almost everyone who meets you tells us that you are an “old soul.”
What was hard or challenging for you this year | The months of November, December, January, and February were highly challenging. You had a terrible cough that kept you up day and night! Your cough ended up sending us to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest. They believed you were having an asthma attack. They gave you steroids and a breathing treatment. It was scary and heartbreaking to watch you in pain. I spent many nights with you in the bathroom, giving you steam showers in the middle of the night – to help your breathing. I held you most nights during these four months.
How I saw you grow this year | You grew in tremendous ways this year. The most notable growth was in the area of potty training. I knew you would be ready at the right time and I tried not to rush the process. You were getting close during the months of March and April whenever you sat on the potty at night before bedtime. It was delightful to “go potty” without making the process stressful. In May, we planned a trip to Florida and didn’t want to potty train you before our trip. We couldn’t imagine stopping at gas stations, every hour for 16 hours, on our road trip; so we waited until we returned home. We had a great time giving you “coins” every time you tried to go potty. You didn’t have to be successful at it – you got money for trying! You took so much joy in dropping your pennies in your silver piggy bank. You mastered it quickly and even went all night without accidents. It was such fun to train you in this way.
The Master Creator designed the human body perfectly. Yet, it is fragile and, when in transition, takes time to heal. The weeks and months when my body seemed entirely out of control – are the weeks and months that drew me into my Creator’s presence.I love you a million and one | mama
Words of Wisdom | Mankind is made in the image of God. Our bodies are intricate and extraordinary. God created Mankind to be male and female. He made the female body capable of sustaining and nourishing human life. Even after childbirth, a woman can feed her child with breastmilk that contains vital nutrients for developmental growth. By God’s grace, I was able to nourish you for two years, two months, and twenty days. I never anticipated the great treasure it would become. Whenever I stopped nursing you, I wasn’t ready for the hormonal changes my body would undergo. I never expected: the emotional shifts my mood would encounter; the unrelenting weight gain; and the anxiety that infiltrated nearly every aspect of my life. The Master Creator designed the human body perfectly. Yet, it is fragile and, when in transition, takes time to heal. The weeks and months when my body seemed entirely out of control – are the weeks and months that drew me into my Creator’s presence. If I have learned anything, it is this – give yourself time, be gracious with your body as it has done extraordinary things, and don’t get in a hurry! Let God walk with you on your healing journey and seek wisdom from doctors that love and serve Him.