I don't think I was completely alive until I had my children. It took my husband and I quite a while to conceive our first child. At that time, I thought it was an agonizing, cruel time to wait. Now that all turned out well, I am thankful for that time, for in that wait, I was confronted with just how very much I wanted children and prepared my heart to never forget what a blessing they are.
They have awakened depths in me I never knew were there.
They make me laugh, and they make me cry.
They show me beauty in things I would have ignored.
That cheerful, "Hi Mommy!" from a scruffy-haired boy first thing in the morning, brightens my bleary-eyed view. The kiss goodbye as they head out for school, tides me over until the afternoon when I see their smiling faces waiting for me at school. And that sweet kiss goodnight and a call, "good night!" from their beds makes my day complete. How blessed I am to have such sweet punctuations to each segment of my day.
For my children, my heart abounds with gratitude.