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a grateful heart: the love in a mother's heart

we came home from the hospital two weeks ago today and overall, it's gone really well. the recovery from my c-section has been very difficult and there have been a few medical issues that have come up since- but baby boy is just so good!! he is so sweet and calm, which has helped tremendously. he sleeps so well, eats even better! and hardly ever cries. one look at his cute baby face and everything seems so worth it. my mom was the biggest help in the world and because of an infection that i developed last week, along with some incision pain on my left side, she is returning this wednesday for ten days. i am excited to spend more time together- she is the perfect 'mimi' to parks. he loves when she holds him, talks about future adventures they will have together, and sings country songs to him. {when she sang george strait's, i cross my heart - tears formed in my eyes. so sweet} overall, i can't say enough about how grateful i am for all of her help- there are simply no words. we are also so thankful for all of the messages, prayers, and support we have received- daily cards, gifts, texts, decorations on our front door, a letter from my best friend, katie, from ohio when i returned home from the hospital {so amazing} cookies, delicious food, and visits. we are all so loved. 
the biggest thing people don't tell you about becoming a mom? 
{probably because there is no way to explain it properly}

is that the love you feel is so intense and overwhelming - that it's actually somewhat terrifying. the love i feel is literally so hard that it makes my heart hurt to think about. no one can prepare you for that. i now know just how much my parents love me. i feel like a baby really shows us what real love is - the greatest type of love. my body isn't the same and things have changed, but there is no greater honor, love, or blessing than to see a mom when i look in the mirror. as he continues to grow, i always hope that he finds the strength to face challenges with confidence, the wisdom to choose battles carefully, the desire to take lots of adventures, that he always stops to help someone along the way, remembers to listen to his heart, and has the courage to take risks.

... i hope he always remembers how much i love him and that i am so proud.

motherhood has brought a love like no other into my heart- a love that i never could have imagined.

and for that- my heart is exploding with gratefulness.

parks james~ in all the world, you will never find-- a love as true as mine.

I cross my heart
And promise to
Give all I've got to give
To make all your dreams come true
In all the world
You'll never find
A love as true as mine

You will always be the miracle
That makes my life complete
And as long as there's a breath in me
I'll make yours just as sweet

As we look into the future
It's as far as we can see
So let's make each tomorrow
Be the best that it can be

I cross my heart
And promise to
Give all I've got to give
To make all your dreams come true
In all the world
You'll never find
A love as true as mine

And if along the way we find a day
It starts to storm
You've got the promise of my love
To keep you warm

In all the world
You'll never find
A love as true as mine

A love as true as mine

 george strait, "i cross my heart"

{thank you, mom, for reminding me just how beautiful this song is! 
and thank you for introducing parks to it...} 
little baby was sleepy today and wasn't up for posing, but this quilt was made by my grandma wolf- so the wolf jellycat was a must for the photo! i only knew her for a few years, yet the memories are so vivid.  no one has {ever} had a negative thing to say about her... i hope i can be half the mom she was~ as her legacy has been so extraordinary. when things get hard, i hope to remember her gentle and loving ways and i hope they help keep me calm. my godmother reminded me today that every time he's wrapped in this quilt, grandma gets to hold him. 
her touch is still with us. 
"no love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love 
of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child."
- jeffrey r. holland 

 ...what is your heart grateful for this week... 
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey
professional photos by kinston photography 
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5 comments:

  1. awww to sweet and cute !!! I love mine so much it hurts !! Laci

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  2. This made me cry...it's so, so true. I'm so sorry you're having some physical problems, but so happy you're mom is getting to come back!

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  3. What a lovely post... and pics are amazing.

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  4. Praying your recover begins to speed up but what a blessing Parks is a content baby!

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  5. oh my gosh - besides your difficult recovery, I love everything about this!! He is so precious, Nelle. Of COURSE you would have such a calm and sweet baby <3 Praying you heal quickly. I'm so happy your heart knows this love!

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