I am so excited about our guest post today, as it comes from one of my dear high school friends, Jamie! One of the wonderful things about blogging is that it allows me to feel connected to friends despite the many miles that we live away from each other. I LOVE catching up on her blog and reading about her three ADORABLE children, seriously they are so cute. And check out here blog, The Petrie Family, and you will quickly see what an amazing mom she is. I love the post that she is going to share with us today---it really sums up the miracle of our sweet babies in our lives---a MUST read if you ask me!
My three littles are my most prized possessions, the best gifts I could ever receive, and truly just miracles hand delivered by God. They are each a little of me, a little of their daddy, a little of each other, and at the same time their own little people. Being their mom is the greatest gift, and they bring me so much happiness that sometimes when I look at them I feel like I could just burst open with overwhelming joy from their sweet little faces.
They have given me the greatest gift on earth, by being able to fill the role as their mom, and I am so thankful that by being their mom I have been able to give them the gift of each other. They are forever linked genetically, but more importantly they are forever linked by this family, this love, this bond that can’t be described, can’t be put into words. You can’t teach that bond, it’s just there. It’s only been six weeks of their new roles as big sister, middle brother, and little sister, and it’s already a bond that’s so natural, so strong, and just so right.
I feel such peace that Tom and I have been able to give them this gift of having each other, having their built-in best friends to start them off on this journey called life. It is my daily prayer that this natural bond continues to be nurtured and grows and develops over the course of their entire lives.
I imagine the years to come, the games they will play in our backyard, the adventures they will go on, the snacks and treats they will share with each other, the giggles and cuddles they will experience at bedtime, the sporting events they will cheer each other on at, and it makes me so very excited to be a witness to it. I fast forward to further in the future, and imagine my three babies growing bigger, and picture Laken showing Landry how to put on her makeup, and telling her how to capture the attention of the boy that her little sister has a crush on, and introducing her to all the latest fashions and crazes. I picture Baylor putting on his tough guy persona to put Landry’s first boyfriend in his place, and the sisters judging each and every girl that comes Baylor’s way, questioning if anyone is good enough for their brother. It makes me smile knowing they will all have each other to turn to, to share their secrets to, to protect one another.
And then I imagine even further into the future, and pray they are standing by one another when they each get married, supporting one another when their own babies are born, sharing holidays and vacations together with all their own individual families, and still fulfilling that same role they shared during their childhood….being each other’s built in support, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to turn to.
If I could just bottle all three of them up the exact way they are right now, I would. I love their innocence, their joy over the simple things in life, like ice cream cones and a walk to the park, and I love their desire for being with their mommy and daddy. But I know they can’t stay little forever, and I know there will come a day when Tom and I won’t be their whole world anymore, so I choose to soak up every precious little minute I have with them. I choose to love them, hold and hug them, laugh and play with them; to try not to get (too) stressed over the smudged handprints all over our windows, the dirty little feet tracking into our house after backyard playing, and the late night giggles between a brother and sister when they are supposed to be sleeping.
I have been given the three greatest gifts I could have ever imagined, and although I don’t know how life will play out, I know this much, I am going to cherish these little ones and look forward to what the future holds for each of them and pray that their love and natural bond that they have for one another continues down the path they are already on right now…….
THANK YOU Jamie for sharing some wonderful words with our readers! And don't forget to check out our other "Baby Week" posts and "Baby Week" giveaways going on now---just scroll down to see how you can win a personalized cross bib, a handmade bib, and some belly/monthly stickers! And come back tomorrow to see some of The Chirping Moms favorite baby gear with a few more giveaways coming your way!