Dear Darling Daughters,
Words can’t begin to express the joy that fills my heart when I watch you play. There’s a closeness you have that I pray you will keep forever! Once I worried about adding another baby to our family, and I find myself in that place of contentment and happiness again. How could life ever become better, sweeter, than it is now?
This morning I snuck downstairs to start making breakfast while you snoozed happily away. I don’t worry as much about leaving now that you have each other to keep company. I cooked, cleaned the kitchen, mopped, and then you, my sweet big girl, appeared. “I was sleeping,” you said, laughing, “and then Josie woke me up!” Together we went to get our smiling happy baby ready for our day.
Tonight we sat together looking at photos as I prepared Josie’s paperwork for her American documents. We exclaimed together over photos of our first baby learning to “read.” We watched videos of you crawling, eating spaghetti, laughing… And, in a matter of minutes, we watched you grow all over again! Time passed before our eyes, and while you were busy, your daddy and I talked. We talked about life before you–how young and skinny we were. We talked about the stories behind the photos. We talked about today: “Mama, I love you,” you said. “I love you too, honey,” I replied. “That’s music to my ears!” you fired back with a sweet smile. We talked about you playing with your friends and trying out your Spanish for a while. We talked about you being “too busy to play caballito with Josie.”
Ahhh… My heart is so full! My cup runneth over!
Sweet babies, I look forward to what tomorrow might bring: your sweet giggles, the cuddles and kisses, and the memories being made. I know that tomorrow there will also be a point where my frustration will rise as my patience slowly fades. I hope that isn’t the moment that you or I remember. Even as I write this, I remember a moment last week. While grumpy, I managed to keep an even voice as I corrected you. “Okay, mama,” you said, “I can do that. Thank you for talking nice to me.”
You, my girls, are growing before my eyes, and I want to remember every touch of your hand–holding onto mine as you nurse, grabbing my face as you kiss me goodbye…again…and again… I want to remember the twinkle in your eye when you ask for pancakes. I want to remember the grunt you let out as you demand attention, and the fullness of your smile when you receive it–pushing up onto your hands, ready to crawl. I want to remember the way you talk to yourself as you play. And those moments of you together, when you ask me for the millionth time what your sister said with each coo she emits.
You, my dear, sweet girls, are the sun in our day. Shine on us. Let us revolve around you a bit and collect your warmth. You help our family grow. You give us light and life. Shine on, sweet girls.
Until tomorrow, sleep tight in my arms.