Family of Five
Isn’t it amazing how the heart expands with each new addition to the family? I never knew I could love like I love my son. It’s somehow different from how I love my girls. Somehow different from how I love my husband. And as our family grows, there’s more love to go around- love in abundance- and my heart is so full!
“My heart is so full of you, I can hardly call it my own.”
Annie is my planner. My reader. My worrier. She’s my mini-me. She has the greatest laugh, and she’ll forever be my first baby. I’m trying not to think too much about how much time she’ll be away from us when she starts Pre-K in the fall. She’s ready, but it certainly catches us of guard how soon we have to start letting our little ones go.
Emma is a ham. She gives the best hugs and has the bluest eyes. When she looks at you, you can’t help but feel like she really sees you. And we’ve noted that ever since she was a little baby. She’s really got a way with words, even at two, and we’ll be heartbroken when she loses that toddler chime to her voice.
Bringing a new baby home to these two girls felt the most like bringing him home to his family, and I love how we feel more and more complete with each little person who joins our team. I’ll always treasure the time I had with just my girls, and I’m grateful for the tone they’ve set for our family.
I saw a young mother with eyes full of laughter
And two little shadows came following after.
Wherever she moved, They were always right there
Holding onto her skirts, hanging onto her chair.
Before her, behind her—an adhesive pair.
“Don't you ever get weary as, day after day,
your two little tagalongs get in your way?”
She smiled as she shook her pretty young head,
And I'll always remember the words that she said.
“It's good to have shadows that run when you run,
That laugh when you're happy and hum when you hum--
For you only have shadows when your life's filled with sun.”
Benjamin has a smile that’s simply contagious. He has the most expressive eyebrows and the busiest little body. He’s a hand holder and stinky monkey. Our best little buddy and our own baby brother. He’s getting big so fast, and whether or not he’s a Mama’s boy, I’m certainly smitten.
For this window of time, we’re a family of five, and how we love this little family of ours. We’re a family who reads books and a family who plants seeds. We go on adventures and find our home to be a haven. We’re a family of faith, learning and growing. Chore charts, potty training, good days and bad days. They are mine and I am theirs. And so I have to say again, my heart is full!
Thanks for sharing the article, and more importantly, your personal experience of mindfully using our emotions as data about our inner state and knowing when it’s better to de-escalate by taking a time out are great tools. Appreciate you reading and sharing your story since I can certainly relate and I think others can to
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