Friday, March 20, 2009

The Best Gift EVER

Tomorrow I will turn 27 years old, though this hardly seems like the time to celebrate. Today, however, I was given the best birthday gift of all; I got to hold my son. I spent about an hour loving on him and enjoying every second he was in my arms!

I had a long conversation with another mom today who recently had the same experience. Her son was born the day after Ethan and she was able to hold him for the first time yesterday. We talked about how holding your baby is something so many people take for granted on a daily basis and we've spent the past 2 weeks just longing for that time.

I can't explain how I felt when the nurses put him in my arms. Even though he was connected to so many wires and tubes, he seemed absolutely perfect. For that hour, all was right in our totally messed up world. My heart aches for the day that I can walk over to his crib and pick him up whenever I want. For now, I will be thankful for the times that I get a glimpse of what that will be like.

Thank you Lord for my sweet, precious gift.

11 comments:

Genia said...

I am so happy for you. Happy Birthday JoJo.

Anne said...

Yeah! Happy Birthday Joye!
Love, Anne

Jenny Benny said...

yay!!!!! happy birthday!

traci said...

Awesome! Happy Birthday.

Janet Fuller said...

What a wonderful birthday gift. God knew that was the perfect gift for you. Blessings on your special day. Happy Birthday Joye.

Jenn said...

What a sweet birthday present. I am so glad you got some cuddle time with your boy!

Audra said...

What a wonderful birthday present! Sorry I'm a little late in wishing you a happy one - seems like you're on your way!

Mandy said...

Thanks Joye for keeping my life is perspective. Thank you for helping me to remember the little things, be thankful for them and not take them for granted. Happy Birthday girl! Love ya

Kim Smith said...

Hey Joye! I just wanted to say that I've been thinking about you guys a lot and praying for y'all. I haven't called because I know you are busy, and Mandy says that you are trying to talk on your cell phones less these days. But I also wanted to say...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JOYE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

We missed you yesterday! You are where you need to be, though. I'm so glad that you were able to hold Ethan finally! What a blessing! It sure does put things in perspective, like Mandy said. Have a good day. We love all three of you!

Brandi said...

Mr. Ethan is such a strong one, much like his Mom, that's for sure! Happy Birthday, girl :) We love you!

Jessica Davis said...

I've been tryin to find you the perfect gift...I think you already got it! Thanks for posting a picture and making me cry :) good tears though! He'll be home and in your arms so soon! I love all of you

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