Wife, Mummy, Nurse: I'm so glad you were born Charis

14 May 2011

I'm so glad you were born Charis

In honor of Mother's Day, Cotton Babies has a contest going on right now where we are to write about why we are glad our children were born. For more information on the contest, go to I'm glad you were born.  I decided that I would write a brief explanation on why I'm glad Charis was born.

To my dear Charis,

After your daddy and I were married, we were trying NOT to conceive, but when I missed my period in December 2009, I knew I was pregnant. I started calling you our "wonderful surprise from God." Nine long months went by before you were born. The first time I held you, I cried.

Yes, it would have been "easier" on us (especially financially) if you were not conceived and born, but that is not what happened. We are THANKFUL you are here with us. You are a gift from God, and God has provided for us and our needs. Your birth has caused your parents' marriage to deepen; we now communicate more openly and freely. We have also been thrilled to see you grow and mature and look forward to many more years of being your parents.

I love to see you smile, laugh, talk, crawl, grow, pull on objects to attempt to stand up. I have loved you during the tough times as well, such as the frequent feedings, sleepless nights, and nursing you when I had mastitis and a cracked nipple. I love looking into your eyes and holding you. You are my "mini vacuum cleaner." I now need to work hard at caring for you and being a housekeeper. I am not a perfect mum, as I'm sure you're aware of, but God is gracious to me in giving us you. Charis Louise, I love you.
One Bible verse I would like to leave you with is Psalm 127:3, "Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward."

Note: I don't always like mentioning our daughter was a surprise because I feel guilty, especially when I hear about friends who have been trying to conceive for over a year. And I don't want my daughter to think that we did not want her. After we found out we were expecting, Drew and I were thrilled and would not have changed anything.  I also put my letter in "quotes" to distinguish the letter from the rest of the blog post.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! I hope you save a copy of this to give to her someday.

    By the way, say your posting about the Flats Challenge. We'll be participating, too.