“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of God in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
Happy 1st Birthday Sweet daughter. I can hardly keep from crying today. (all you mamas know.) Last night I cried and sobbed, 100% happy tears, from some deep place in my heart, while I rocked her to sleep for the last time as a “baby.” For I have surely seen the goodness of God in the land of the living. The past 365 days have been nothing less than the happiest days of my life. Every single day that I rocked and kissed my little girl, I was keenly aware that I was holding a miracle. She is a direct gift from the King of Kings to us. And before I can even utter another word about what makes a good mommy, I have to stop and humbly point all fingers toward Ellie’s birthmother. Her sacrifice made way for our miracle. She put her child before her own comfort and gave all she had. This is The Heart of God. So what makes a good mommy? This question was posted as a contest by MAM baby products (which we love!) and there is of course the obvious answer, because ya’ll, raising an infant is NO JOKE. My sweet smiley girl, did not sleep through the night at all, until the past two weeks, so there’s that….lol. And teething, crying, diapers, sickness, teething, puking, diapers, and where’s that !$&# paci? OH and doctor’s pokes, and did I say, diapers? These are the things that make a good mommy. #allthepraisehands to the all the mommies out there who do this day in and day out, without sleep.
But as I meandered through pictures of Ellie from day 1, I just cried and cried and cried in utter awe of the goodness of God. (ladies, why do we do this to ourselves!?! lol). It was abundantly very clear to me, that what made a good mommy, wasn’t just the kisses and hugs, nor the late-night feedings, epic diaper explosions, and surviving teething.
All those things are needful and important,