On Turning One.

This has not been an easy year in our family. There has been challenge and change.

And there has been a baby.

Except looking back, as 2013 nears its close, I can see what a gift this baby has been this year. 

Because, the winter felt long, but then she got so smiley.

When I felt we were plodding through spring and summer, I turned around and she was crawling, then pulling up. 

This fall when I forgot to be consumed with my own worries, I noticed that she began climbing

and reading.

Then on November 8,  I had to cancel the big birthday party I had planned because of The Great Infestation. So, instead of celebrating with all of our family, we stood around her high chair, with only my Mother in Law (may the Lord Bless her forever) in shower caps, singing…and all the while under my breath I’m muttering,  ’2013. Get Behind Me.”  -  but right around then, she began walking. 

The Apostle Pauls says “Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life”

Newness of Life.

That’s who Leila has been this year – a persistent promise of newness.  Newness of Life has filled my house, kept me company in the night, and now, every time I turn around, is sitting on the dining room table.

About three years ago I consigned  my baby clothes. I wasn’t too sure we would have another baby. Life felt full. My heart felt full. And, I told myself, if I have another one, surely it would not be another girl.

Dear Sweet Leila Lou. You came into my heart when it felt full and you made it overflow. Happy Birthday Baby Girl.

Now get off the dining room table.

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2 Responses to “On Turning One.”

  1. Blake December 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Oh, Nina. This made me cry. It has been a tough 2013 for you. I’m sorry I wasn’t around more to cherish all these Leila milestones. Give her a kiss for me.

  2. Michael Simone December 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    She’s a great edition to our family. Her personality is rugged and real. I’m honored to be Grandpa to 3 amazing girls, and watching them grow is a gift.

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