I haven't written in forever because life has just been so busy with teaching pre-k and the holidays. But, today is a special day. I had to write today. Three years ago today was the greatest day of my life. It was the day I became a mommy. Three years ago today my whole outlook on my life and my circumstances changed. I went from thinking I was the unluckiest person alive, to being humbled by and in complete awe of the grace shed upon me. I will always believe in miracles. I will always have my faith and I will always be proud of my strength. I now know what I'm capable of and I'm thankful for that. I will never forget the tiny army of incredible human beings that loved me and supported me through my journey to become a mommy. and my sister that selflessly took on the heavy burden of carrying my child.
We celebrated with Elsa cupcakes at her favorite indoor play spot with all of her friends and classmates. We were surrounded by family and it was a celebration of her birth and the sunshine that she shed on all of our lives. Her arrival changed me in every way for the better.
These past three years have taught me so much. I know. I know. I'm always preaching about my life lessons. But there are so many to share. I can't believe how the years have flown. Sometimes I want them to slow down, or I wish I could hit pause. But, ultimately, every single stage has been full of wonder and most of all, I just try to remind myself to soak it all up and take it all in- to live it, and not just let it fly by in a blur. Isn't that how life should be? Shouldn't we all learn to enjoy this moment and not contantly wish to return to the past or wish time would speed up so we could get to the next thing? She taught me that.
You know what else she taught me?
Perspective is everything and perception is your reality. If you have the power to correct a situation, do it. But, if it's out of your control, you must embrace your own ability to change your mindset towards it, whatever it may be. You don't have to be the victim in your story. You can be the heroine. You have that power.
She's taught me about what I'm made of. I would have described myself as the potato before all of this. But not anymore y'all. I'm the egg. Definitely the egg. And you are too. It's not about the circumstances. It's about you and finding out what you're made of. You're braver and stronger than you think.
Once you climb that mountain, the one you thought you could never climb... you know this. You know that the comeback is always stronger than the setback...because it has to be. She taught me that too.
And my last bit of wisdom for this special day...Did you ever think that maybe we are all assigned our "mountains" in life not only to prove to yourself what you're made of, but to show others that they can be moved? So whether you are making your climb or enjoying the view from the top, remember to notice the climbers all around you and reach out, because we all have something to offer one another.
So happy birthday to my little Sunshine. Thank you to my sister and all those that physically helped get her here to us. And thank you to my God for never leaving my side and for seeing me through the climb. Here's to being wild and three!