Earlier this week, Chelsea at Our Sonny Life wrote this, touching and heartbreaking and strong.
I love to read about her adventures with her boys in Thailand, and her sweet memories and the way she finds Trek in every plumeria blossom. Like you sometimes do in the online community, I've felt a connection to her and her story- a mother's love through unthinkable loss, embracing life, and coming through on the other side.
Anyway, she invited readers to celebrate Trek's should-be second birthday (April 11) by doing something special with our own children: cherishing them more than ever, relishing the moments with them, mindful of how precious they are to us.
What a beautiful idea. I try to live by those principles, I'm sure most moms do. But days can become routine, and reminders like Trek's birthday can help up focus on the moment and remember what is truly important.
After reading that post on Monday, I didn't need to wait until Thursday. I mean, I wanted to do something Thursday to honor Trek, but why not now?
So I spent this week more mindful of the gift my boys are. I said yes more. I said wait a minute less. Not that loving our kids always means saying yes. But I know you get it. In the hustle and bustle of our day to day, just taking time to make sure they feel like the joys of my life.
I had been sick all night the night before and dragging at work all day, but this was a special day, no excuses. I asked the boys what they wanted to do - the sky's the limit. They opted for a movie snuggled together in our bed. Gosh, we are lucky. I offered fancy popcorn, but they were good. I fell asleep with them snuggled in on either side of me. No fanfare, but it couldn't have been sweeter.