Monday, February 15, 2010

happy birthday carter

i became a mom 4 years ago today.
i think it's just finally set in.
i've stopped looking around at the kids & their stuff scattered about & their list of needs from "wash sippy cups" to "instill gratefulness" and wondering when their real parents are going to show up.

it wasn't my idea. it was my husband's.
and i thank him often because i am convinced i would never have said
"okay. i'm ready to be a mom".

ready to decorate a nursery and complete a registry at pottery barn kids? sure.
ready for belly laughs and first steps? you betcha.
ready for Christmas morning with a wide-eyed toddler? of course!

but i knew before i had kids that it meant sacrifice.
i'm still scared i won't measure-up to the selflessness required.
it's worth a try. and a try again.

3 years old was my favorite age yet.
you learned to swim without floaties. loved sea world.
you love dogs & horses & approach them without fear.
you would eat cheese sticks & drink milk for every meal. unlike lots of kids your age, you love spicy pepperoni & don't like to dip anything into anything.
you've filled up your good choices charts with zeal & pick chuck e cheese as your reward each time.
(& sorry, being nice to Lilah will stay on there, as much as you'd like it to go.)
you love airplane trips & comic books.
you love to color & play w/play-dough.
and probably my favorite:
you ask me to turn up the good songs that come on in the car
& have many of the lyrics memorized!

you bring unmatched joy. you make me swollen with pride.
happy 4th birthday, carter!
"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."
Ps 127: 3-5
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5 comments:

  1. I love that picture, and I count you as one of the best moms I know. Seriously. You're doing great. :-)

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  2. Wonderful, wonderful Tina! He is so adorable and handsome. You and Dr. Dan have to be doing great! Love you girl. A big Happy Birthday to Carter!
    I can't wait until Corina can fit into the Guess outfit! Thank you again!!!

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  3. I KNOW IT'S WAY AFTER THE CARTER BIRTHDAY BASH BUT I JUST LOVE WHAT YOU WROTEin

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  4. YOU ARE A GREAT MOM ,LOVE YOU MOM2

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  5. Tina I READ YOUR STUFF OVER AND OVER AGAIN IT TAKES AWAY THE SADNESS AND BRINGS ME SO MUCH JOY AND HAPPINESS ,I THANK GOD FOR YOU AND OUR FAMILY WE ARE SO BLESSED HAPPY BIRTHDAY EARLY!Thankyou for shareing your gift with us buy lila what you want for her birthday i'll send the money when i get back from our trip mom2ps those clothes you showed would be nice

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