Saturday, May 7, 2011

a lil trip down memory lane

as i was going through my old pictures the other day, looking for evidence of the bedbaby addiction, i came across so many old picture that made me fall in love with my sweet girl all over again. and since it's mother's day weekend, i thought i'd share a few of my favorite pictures with you guys & tell you how glad i am to be a mom.

we had infertility issues that we discovered a couple years after we got married and i think that has made me appreciate motherhood even more. after having two miscarriages just 3 months apart when brooke was 3 years old, i decided that the one child i had was fine and enough and wonderful. i'd always imagined that i'd have at least 3 kids, but that didn't seem to be the plan for my life.

so i threw myself, heart and soul, into brooke. she was my miracle. my one and only. the one i think about when i wake in the morning and would throw myself in front of a train to save. my dreams came true when she was born and i've been able to be the mom i was meant to be, for her and her alone.

the sweetest little one year old face i ever got to kiss.



after chicken pox, her face was marked with pink spots, but the smile and chubby cheek dimples still melt my heart.

this is one that i can still just stare at, wondering what she was thinking about inside her head.


brooke and belle having a bonding moment under the table.


she was singing "triangle, triangle, little star," complete with her own hand motions.

i got her a kimono to wear for easter one year. it was way past her bedtime, but her tired little eyes were still sparkling.


scary T-rex only has 2 fingers per hand.

the wonder and awe of bubbles flying around the bathroom.

hmm... should i be a paleontologist or a herpetologist?


good times around the aquarium.


please, mommy, please can't we have another cat? see, this stray really, really loves me!

even on days at home with nothing going on, we still have oodles of fun together.

times have certainly changed in the past 9 years of our lives. there's no more baby voice singing the alphabet song. no one's wearing the dinosaur costume to the store anymore. bubbles aren't as amazing as they once were. but instead i've got someone more closely resembling a companion. we laugh at the same jokes. we like drawing together out of the same tutorial books. i was looking at a bottle of tums to see if she's supposed to get one or two for a stomach ache & she told me, "don't worry, mom, tums are rated E for everyone."  last night she told me that instead of reading books together, she wanted a massage and to just hang out and talk with me.

these are beautiful things. they make my life feel like it matters. they keep my spirits up when they're sagging and put joy into my life when i feel like it's missing.

thank you, God, for making me a mom to this amazing and wonderful girl.

16 comments:

  1. Isn't it wonderful how a trip down memory lane can right a whole lot of wrongs? How it can make the stresses and annoyances of a given week seem trivial in comparison to the bigger picture of the blessings? I'm so glad you got to have Brooke. And I'm so glad I got to have you.

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  2. If you're only having one child, it's smart to have a perfectly beautiful one, as you did!

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  3. I remember (before Brooke was born) how much you wanted a little baby. I am so happy that you finally got your wish, and you are such an amazing mom! I love you!

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  4. These are wonderful pics. The dinosaur one...:)

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  5. Happy Mother's Day, Sherilin

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  6. Aww...what a cutie! I've been missing Sasha's tiny baby stage now that she's a whole 10 months old. It's good to remember how much fun it will be once she can talk :)

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  7. This post makes me so happy- she is such a beautiful girl and you are such a wonderful mommy! I love what you said about the little moments that you have shared- so sweet!

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  8. Beautiful, beautiful pictures. Love those dimples! She really does look like you. Happy Mothers Day! Looks like you done good.

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  9. I am so glad you were blessed with your girl.
    Truly! To not even be able to experience one, must be such a heartache.

    Blessings to you this weekend.

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  10. {{{HUGS}}}
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day, friend!

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  11. that ws a wonderful story for Mother's Day, Sherilin. I loved the pics too! So fun! Well, I'm inspired: you're the first person to express satisfaction for what she already has instead of wanting more, more, more. And that, truly is amazing.

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  12. Wonderful to have such a love! Happy Mother's Day!

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  13. Triangle, triangle, hahahaha

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  14. A beautiful post!!
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  15. Happy mother's day! I was spending time today, too, marveling at the ways my life has changed for the better, thanks to my two little happy accidents.

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  16. The baby bed is able to hold adults, just not one my size.LOL no really I am just afraid I will break it, I am so in love with it.

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