Monday, August 14, 2017

Double Digits

It’s become somewhat of a tradition for me to write one blog post a year, on Elijah’s birthday.
So here we are. Hi.
Ten years have passed since Andy and I became parents, ten years since we were thrown into the deep end of parenting without swimming lessons or a floatation device.
I feel like we’re swimming now, even if it means treading water at times.
Elijah, despite difficulties and setbacks, is thriving. He loves his family, school, and his life. His smile is still the widest and greatest smile in the entire world. He’s persistent and patient and loveable. He’s frustrating and instigating and funny.
I find that Elijah is constantly finding new ways to challenge us and keep us on our toes. Just when I think our home is safe – or Elijah-proof – he finds new ways to turn our hair gray. Climbing on top of our shelves, jumping from coffee table to couch, breaking our safety gate, or climbing on the outside of our stair railing. 
Elijah is an important member of our family, our beloved firstborn. How is it possible that a decade has flown by us? And where will the next ten years bring us? I honestly hope it brings us a bit more peace and a smidge more quiet. But, with three boys under our roof, I won’t be holding my breath. I hope it brings us time together to grow as a family; I hope we forge another decade of wonderful memories.  
Thanks for making us parents, Ligee-Lou. Welcome to the double digits, big boy.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Halfway to Adulthood


Elijah is nine today.* NINE!**

*Apparently I only write blog posts on Elijah's birthday.

**No, I am not shouting no at you in German. Although, I kind of want to. NEIN!

Nine is halfway to adulthood, you guys. We do this one more time and then BAM, Elijah is a full grown man. I'm not ready for halfway to adulthood. And, yet, here we are.

So perhaps it's fitting that his age is no in another language. No, no, no. Nein, nein, nein. Don't grow up just yet. Stay little just a bit longer. 

"He's halfway to adulthood," I said to Andy earlier this week and about lost my mind. It's hard to think of adulthood and all that it entails. Applying for guardianship. Elijah's size and him being bigger than me. And there I go, getting ahead of myself.

Perhaps that's what's so hard about Elijah's birthday. It's this place in-between the past and the future. It's the memory of the day we almost lost him. Past. It's the thought of what is to come. Future. This is the day he was hurt and altered. Past. Every year that passes puts him further behind his peers. Future.

Elijah's birthday is a reminder to live in the present. In the today. I don't want to remember the bad times, the NICU, the seizures. I don't want to worry about the future. I want to live in today. A lesson that's valuable and important on every day. Today is what matters. Today we were surrounded by family who love Elijah and his brothers and parents. Today we have a nine-year-old who is alive and well. Who loves life. Who has the most infectious smile. Who isn't defined by his past or his future. He's just Elijah. And he's awesome.

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We love you, little (ahem, BIG) dude. Can't wait to see what your next year of living in the present will bring. You, my boy, are a study in living in the present. We could learn a thing or two from you. xoxo, Mom

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Oh, hey, God's Word says something about it, too...
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. -Isaiah 43:18
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. -Matthew 6:34
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