...our lives were changed forever.
...our hearts grew in capacity, and were filled with more love than we thought imaginable.
...I experienced, and Adam witnessed, the miracle of our son being born.
Brooks' first birthday is tomorrow...but it was on a Sunday night that our little boy joined our family, and today my heart has been filled to the brim with gratitude. I have a tender experience that I haven't recorded, and I think today is the perfect day to do so.
I can remember waking up in the middle of the night, laying in my hospital bed after having Brooks, crying...a nurse happened to come in moments later to check some of my vitals, and asked if I was okay. I said, "I've never been more okay,"and that I was thinking about what I had experienced just hours earlier...giving birth. I laughed a little bit through some tears and even said the words, "It was so good." I told the nurse how anxious I had been for giving birth the previous few months leading up to his due date, and then asked the nurse if she was religious, and if she'd be comfortable if I shared with her some tender feelings. She said yes and absolutely. She was so sweet to listen to me. I told her that I woke up with this amazing feeling of love for my brand new son. I told her that I do not know exactly when the spirit enters the body, but that I kind of hoped that my boy was able to spend a little time with his Heavenly Father right before being born...maybe to get some ultimate Fatherly advise and enjoy some sweet Heavenly embraces. And that if that was the case, I had a very humbling feeling that he could have asked Heavenly Father, in a child-like innocent way, "Can you be nice to my mom and make sure everything goes okay?" Tears once again fall from my cheeks as I recall that feeling. I truly feel I had guardian angels helping me during his birth...because I could not have done it by myself. Brooks was in a hurry to get here, and he did so with grace. (you can read Brooks' full birth story here)
52 Sundays ago, Adam and I witnessed Heaven touch Earth when our sweet boy Brooks was born.