was spending some quiet time reading & praying from this material 31 days of parenting
"He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give you." Deuteronomy 7:13
it writes: "..He does not view children as a sentence to eighteen years of hard time. He views it as a blessing. Interestingly, each of the blessings mentioned come at the cost of a lot of hard work. Children, crops and herds each require an incredible amount of sacrifice. It is hard to appreciate this blessing in the midst of the daily pressures. However, in the end, when you look back at it all, the rewards garnered warrant the efforts invested. There may not be a more life-altering event in your life than the moment you become a parent. Don't begrudge it; embrace it!"
truly it's a long journey, i know it but i couldn't imagine it till Eliza came into our lives. although we plan things for her (and future kids) like our change in lifestyle, finances etc, you don't feel it until you experience it. true sometimes i wonder if i'm going to do the same thing day in day out...feed her, change diapers, play with her, get her to sleep..and the cycle happens again. (and i'm only on my maternity leave) but she surprises me everyday, i would look at her and melt. yesterday she said "googoo" which was a new sound from her normal 'conversations', and got me so amazed at her.
God has blessed us with Eliza and i pray with her everyday (almost) for Him to be protect her, to keep her healthy, to grow well, sleep well, feed well, to grow into a lady who loves God. we don't know what the future holds for us and for her...but we'll enjoy every moment of it that God, by His grace, gives us.
talk about life-altering moment...she really changes us...though i think the change on me is the most. (Ww commented in her early days that i'm quite protective over her) it's like she's a part of me, esp when i know she needs us so much. just as our marriage brought me to understand God's love for us in a new light, having Eliza is bringing us to understand God in a different way as well.