I love my parents. Always have. Always will. They are so good to me, and they are so good to our sweet Oliver.
There's just something about having a baby that's shown me a different side of them, making me love and appreciate them on a whole new level. Now that I have a baby of my own, I see where they were standing when they brought me home from the hospital 24 years ago.
I didn't realize the amount of sacrifice that comes along with the beauty of a new life until I had a baby of my own.
Now I know.
I know about the constant need to put someone else's needs ahead of your own every single day without ceasing. I know the skipping showers and the passing a baby back and forth through dinner. I know the sleepless nights. I know the tears and I know the struggles.
I didn't realize the amount of love parents have for their babies until I was holding that precious new life in my arms.
Now I know.
I know the feeling of loving someone so much your heart could just burst. I know the feeling that you would do anything for your child. I know the worries and I know the fears. I know the hoping and praying for the best in every aspect of your child's life.
Everything I'm experiencing with baby Oliver, they experienced with me when I was a baby. Even though I've only been a mommy for a short period of time, I feel like I already have a much better idea of the depth of my parent's love for me, and I know my understanding will only increase as I raise babies of my own. Parenting is beautiful and messy and exhausting, but above all it's a beautiful example of selfless love.
I look at my parents and I am filled with gratitude. The days with a newborn are just memories for them now, but for me they mean so much as I think back on what they must have been like. Thank you mom and thank you dad. Thank you for all of the things you did for me throughout the early years of my life. Thank you for constantly sacrificing. Thank you for doing more, more, and more for me without any thanks in return.
Your love is a blessing and you are both so appreciated. Thank you for modeling unconditional love and for allowing me to see God's love through your love for me.
I love you and I'm thankful to be your daughter.