Monday, May 2, 2011


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.


the meaklims said...

You're right Gin. They change you in some crazy ways, ways you never thought possible. And they help bond a family. For Colin and I, I thought we were as close a couple we could ever be, ...but again, that bond between is now tighter than ever. It is incredible, no wonder the Lord said children are a blessing! I couldn't agree more.

Now tell me, which lens did you get for Christmas? Glad to see you're having so much fun with it. Your photos are always beautiful. That is such a perfect capture of the sweet and happy Kerry enjoying her water table!


Virginia said...

Jill, again, I think you and I really are alot alike and can agree on anything!

My new lens is a Canon EF-S 55-250 mm.

Gin =)

Jessica said...

welcome to this wonderful world that makes us crazy at time but that we would never change not for anything. I also really Love the Dog Wood Photo We have one on the property behind us so at least I got to look at it this year.

Lisa and Tate said...

Love the dogwood and your pics with the new lense.

Totally love this post! It really is amazing how these sweet babes change our lives.... Tate owns the CD, dvd and all of my time. I LOVE IT!

nancy said...

Your words on parenthood are so true and so beautiful! Kerry Lu is just a little doll. Blessings.

The Byrd's Nest said...

lol...I have SO used Emma's princess lip gloss! That made me giggle:)

Oh yes....becoming a Mother changes everything about you:) God bless you my friend.

Football and Fried Rice said...

I have been known to use a little girly lip gloss too! :) I definitely think God knew that children would teach us SO MUCH about HIM and draw us that much closer!!

P.s. I love your new lens too! Great shots!

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