My dogwood tree was in full bloom recently and was so pretty that I couldn't resist taking a photo. Have I mentioned that I'm loving the new lens I got for Christmas?
And we all know that I also can't resist taking a few photos of my girl....especially when she's having fun.
Isn't it wonderful how a child can completely change your life, in ways big and small. I love that! For Doug and myself, I think it's brought out things in us that we didn't even know existed, and even, I hope, helped lessen some of the more selfish and trivial aspects of ourselves. We're still far from perfect, Lord knows we'll never be. And children quickly learn how to "push our buttons" and show us just how much we often lack in patience, but I really think that having children just grows us in ways that might not be possible without having them...I hope that makes sense. Just another example of what blessings they are.
I've also been thinking of all of the fun, and even not so pretty, things that I've gotten to do since becoming a Mommy. Things like:
Falling in love with a precious baby girl on the other side of the planet.
Spending 30 some-odd hours traveling to China to meet this baby girl, fall even more in love with her, and officially become her Mommy.
Watch my husband take "like a fish to water" to his role as Daddy and fall in love with him all over again.
Try foods like squid, roast duck, and a few things I didn't really recognize , while in China.
Attend a service with other believers, in a C*mmunist country.
Buy multiple pairs of noisy shoes for MY child, something one usually does only for children that don't live with them, ha ha.
Change a "blow out" diaper about 5 hours into a 13 hour nonstop flight at 30,000 feet on a table the size of a shoe-box lid in a restroom the size of a small broom closet.
Worried more about another human being's poo than I ever imagined I would.
Given up control, for the most part, of the television and car CD player to a person smaller than myself...and found myself perfectly okay with that.
Used my childs "Disney Princess" lip gloss when I couldn't find a chap-stick or lip gloss of my own.
Had "I love you" mean something more beautiful than I ever imagined.