(Baby Fields was sleeping when these photos were snapped, but he told me to wish you good tidings!)
Enjoying your Friday? Let me introduce you to my dear friend, Mimi. I first met her when we started going to Jacob’s Well Church like six years ago. Michael and I helped with the grade school kids program, which Mimi led. She is a genuine spirit, and I’ve always looked to her for wisdom. Since back home from New Zealand she and I have had fun design meetings, collaborating on revamping kid spaces at church. I just love hanging out with Mimi. Her friendship is such a blessing. Here are her answers to some of my questions.
I don’t write much, probably because I am not too good with words. I just need to tell you kids that your mom started writing to you over 4 years ago. She just wanted to know how much you were loved, even before you knew who she was. She is a beautiful woman, compassionate and true to those she loves. She is a mother bear, and at the same time gentle touch on your soft backs. She yearns for you to love yourself, others and Jesus. She is tasteful, classy, and has an eye for everything beautiful. I’ve come to know her for these past 10 years, and all I want is more time with her. You are lucky children. Lucky because you have a woman in your life who dreams for you, cares for you and pours herself into everything you do. You have no idea how much she loves you, nor will you ever understand. I don’t understand the depths as well. One thing I know is that you are her world, and you are images of her. You are beautiful children, and you care about each other. Tegegne, you take care of your sister so well. You are a strong big brother, a real joy to have in our lives. Hensley, you are gentle and determined and beautiful like your mother. Fields, as of now you are calm and pensive. You grin, and I know that comes from her. You three children make up different parts of your mother, and I think that is why I count down the minutes until I get time with you after I leave the classroom. You remind me of your mother, the most amazing person I have ever known. If just one more minute around you and your mother, the better man I will be. If just one more minute around your mother, the better you will be. She loves because she is loved, and she reflects that love well. Better than anyone I have ever met…
Be blessed by your mother today,
Oh you’re cute and chubby and we love you. You are such a good baby. My favorite thing you’re doing lately is looking up at me with the biggest grin after you’re finished eating. I’m smitten. Then you spit up for the next 20 minutes. Like a ton. It’s not so fun. You have started to make coos and love to be talked to. You still like to wake around 4am, but we’re working on that.
I give you this blessing before bed, “God loves you, God cares for you, God blesses you, God is with you.” I’ve started doing some baby massage and you love it. You also like the baby yoga moves. Your favorite outfit is your Patagonia fleece from Geo and Jan. Cooozy! We do cloth diapers at home, but you pee through almost each one and that’s with a double liner!
You are gonna love Christmas break because you will get held lots, and talked to, and spoiled.
Hello Mother Hens.
Are you tired? Dream of sleeping in on Saturday? I sure do. Rest and relaxation have been on the forefront of my mind. I hope for those two words to reach my body and soul next! Let’s make an effort to give ourselves these gifts this Christmas. Here are some suggestions with hopes to revive our spirit.
1. Ask for help. First of all, we’ll need some help, especially those of us with tiny kids. To get help, we must ask for it, yes? (Tis the season to be around family members who also love our kids, and hopefully would love to spend special time with them. Maybe we get creative and plan for one on one time. For example, Little Billie could have a special morning outdoors with Grandpa while Sweet Sister Sue goes to the library with Auntie.)
2. Pick a book. Try to sneak away for a morning or two to a coffee shop solo…book in one hand, frothy drink in the other. ( These are my picks…One Thousand Gifts and White Parents, Black Children.)
3. Sneak out for a date. (A matinee movie is nice, especially if the kids are napping aka…easy babysitting.)
4. Hit the spa. (A few new nail polishes will be it for me, and I’ll try to exchange home-style manicures with my mom! These look lovely, don’t they?)
What else sounds good to you? Whatever it is, make the effort. Take some time to revive Mother Hen. Everyone will be better off when we do. And we must not feel guilty or anxious during our special time.