5 things that have nothing to do with Lent:
1) Outtakes are sometimes the best photos to print and frame. (This is an outtake from yesterday’s post, in case you missed the original.) 2) I never considered myself a baby person. As a general rule, I mean, when it comes to other people’s babies. When I take a meal to someone after she’s had a baby, I don’t usually want to hold the baby.
3) It was a HUGE relief to me when my children grew out of the baby stage because I was suddenly like, “Oh my goodness, I am a toddler person! So many things make sense that never made sense before!” (And now I’m a preschooler person, and a kindergartener person, and every stage is MORE AWESOME than the last one.) 4) When my mom friends lament their children not being babies anymore, it doesn’t resonate with me. Okay, I know that my girls are only 3 and 5, but every little step of independence, I applaud. And by applaud I mean sigh the biggest sigh of relief that they are turning into human beings.
5) But I do really love my baby niece, who came to visit me this weekend with the rest of her family. I could hold that little chubster all day long. Seriously. Or try to make her pose with my cool handlettered quotes. (She mostly cooperates.) She’s so squishy and amazing, this little one.
Y’all, I used to feel bad about not really wanting to hold other people’s babies, and kind of awkward, kind of embarrassed. But whatevs. I’ve grown.
Now I’m all, give me your toddlers, people, and I will make art with them and teach them their letters and have them eating avocado and dill pickles and maybe even beets because that is what Aunt Liz does.
And I do it well.
A good friend of mine sent this to me after a pretty rough weekend I had. She reminded me that one of my biggest flaws is not that I make mistakes, but is that I constantly beat myself up for them. I am who I strive to be about 85% of the time. The rest is still a work in progress. Constantly reminding myself of what I did wrong has never proven to be beneficial. I've always grown and have always strived to not make the same mistake twice. Thankful that I have forgiving and understanding people in my life and people who encourage me to grow from my mistakes and love me regardless because they know my heart. #family#goodfriends#lovelife#growth#alwayslearning#keepyourheadup#forward#love#cantstopwontstop#tomorrow#god#noshame#eyesonthehorizon#faith#selflove