Five years ago today I reached the due date for my first baby. She was late. I waited expectantly for those last few days until I got to see her beautiful face.
She turns 5 on Monday. 5 on the 5th. She lives up to the life that is in her name. Zoe is the Greek word for life. My bug lives it to the fullest. She dances big, sings loud, talks louder and laughs from her belly. She is her daddy's girl through and through but there are times when she reaches to me and needs me. I treasure those moments. She doesn't want to get married she tells us. Instead she is going to be an artist and a singer in church. My heart overfloweth!
A month from tomorrow her little brother, who is growing faster than his clothes and shoes can keep up with, will be 3.
He is wild and tender at the same time. He loves his sword and wants to take it everywhere we go. He fights monsters and pirates with it. He loves to sing loud like his sister. He wants to run all the time. He has special shoes that make him go really fast. He is talking and articulating and communicating. Sometimes we can't understand it all but his mind is moving fast, just like his daddy's. His daddy is definitely his hero but he comes to his mama with his hurts and woes. I think all those nights with the two of us in the big blue chair left an imprint on his heart. He was my little prayer partner in that season. I believe God used it to give him a tender heart.
Speaking of the Big Blue Chair...She is set for another season...
12 days until she's due but only God know when she will surely come.
In the meantime I find myself waiting expectantly for this little miracle. That is what she is. All babies are miracles and she, who we were not prepared for, has prepared us for the next adventure. She has already changed our lives and impacted us in monumental ways as she sits in the fetal position waiting for her time to arrive.
We call her The Peanut but her name is full of meaning like the other two. It means, "universal: to affect the whole world." I prayed a long time ago that I would raise world changers. It's a hard job but by "Grace," it is possible.
So now we wait. I'm taking the kids to parks and pools. We are eating a lot of take-out and pre-made dinners. I am taking naps and putting my feet up. My body groans and aches but I am grateful. This little life is so worth it.