Aaron and I had a 5 year plan. It was a little sketchy, but kids were not even penciled into the first few years of that plan. 11 months into year 1, that all changed.
We were moving cross country, I'd just found out I was pregnant, and I was sicker than I'd ever been in my life. I was 8 weeks pregnant when we packed up and left for North Dakota and I was already on 3 medicines around the clock. It was at that point that I knew Emmy would never be my compliant docile child. My prediction was absolutely right. It seems as if my DNA and Aaron's DNA lined up in such a way that it created an impossibly stubborn, willful, energetic little girl. She's smart, and funny, and creative. She makes my heart smile. I have to remind myself of this on the crazy days, but God is going to grow all that and Emmy is going to be a force to be reckoned with. I'm praying that God's love and truth will take root deeply in her heart and her love for Him and her passionate spirit will combine and that she will live in wreckless abandon to him.
Macie was a little bit less of a surprise, but still a surprise none the less. I knew that Macie was going to be a mover and a shaker when she tried to come out too early. I had preterm labor and rest restrictions for my entire 8th month of pregnancy. And wouldn't ya know, she walked early, talked early, and has taken up her role of Emmy's sidekick earlier than I expected. Her little mind, heart, and body has decided it won't be held back. Her nature is peaceful. Not calm necessarily, but peaceful. She doesn't seem to be easily rattled, especially by her crazy big sister. She's not as naturally independent as her sister. She's content to sit on our laps instead of run and explore. God has given Macie a compassionate heart. She will become a tender loving caring woman with a fiery side. She'll get things done with grace but not let anyone stand in her way.
Emmy and Macie already love each other so deeply. They are as different as night and day, physically even. It amazes me every day as I see them interact and play and love on each other.
What a blessing God has given me in my girls. I never understood how much God loved me until I had them. Then I understood that how I feel about my girls is only a fraction of how God feels about me. Which seems pretty crazy considering how intensely I love them. Love on your kids today. And remember, God loves us like crazy even when we act like crazy little kids!