A look back...
...and some video clips of the 1 year anniversary of his birth!
Erik and I were feeling a little sad yesterday,
as we said goodbye to the "babyhood" of our "baby"...
As Erik puts it, now Sawyer is a "Pre-Teen" :)
Ever since having Bennett I have thought that the mom should get a little more credit on birthdays.
(And I really think most moms would agree, considering how much work we did on that day!!!)
So with that in mind, the following pictures from Sawyer's birthday celebration last night
are mingled with some of my all-time favorite words regarding motherhood,
from the book "Desperate" by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.
"He is the one who created babies bursting with life,
and the mamas who love to care and watch over them.
He brought forth from His imagination the most beautiful of gardens,
threw galaxies of stars into orbit,
and painted our world with color.
In keeping with His character, He must've intended something beautiful
in creating a woman with this ability to give life,
nurture with love,
and cultivate the soul
of a precious human being
entrusted into her hands.
He is the reason for any success or blessing I have felt as a mother.
He will provide all we need for the task he has given us to fulfill.
I have come to believe that a mother's role
might be the most determining factor as to how
history will unfold.
Understanding that the best and most lasting "work" I would ever do
was wrapped up in my call as a mother
gave me a grand scope for my life...
such as I had never known before.
I began to see that the nurturing of my children
was my great stewardship
in every part of their little lives.
Accepting them into my arms and bearing the responsibility of their very health from feeding at my breasts; developing their emotional well-being by encouraging them to attach deeply to me as infants; stimulating their brains by talking with them, touching them, snuggling with them; and predisposing them to know the love of God by building pathways in their brains.
I was just beginning to grasp how profound God had created the role of a mother to be."