On May 11, we celebrated Nolan’s 2nd birthday!
Unfortunately, he had a terrible fever on his birthday.
While we didn’t get to have a big party or even big adventures for the day,
I savored the extra cuddles and snuggles which reminded me of his newborn days.
On his birthday, we actually drove by the hospital where he was born.
And every time I think back on our time in the hospital, it seems like a camp memory to me.
Have you ever had that “camp feeling”?
I grew up going to summer camp each year, and it was my favorite part of the whole year!
We spent our time outdoors, making new friends, swimming, hiking, creating, imagining.
All in a place, far away from home. Far away from any normal routine.
Then after about 5 days (of real time), we’d return home feeling older and more confident.
We’d return bolder, more ready to try new adventures.
Sometimes we’d return with our lives changed.
And we’d always return with special memories.
When I think back on May 11, 2010, I get that “camp feeling”.
Swimming and hiking were definitely not involved.
Actually, there were over 10 hours of intense contractions!
But in my memory, I vividly remember a corner labor/delivery/recovery room in the Williamson County Hospital.
I spent about 3 days in that room, far away from an normal routine.
In that room, time stopped.
That’s where my husband and I met our son, Nolan for the first time.
We became, “Mommy” and “Daddy” for the first time.
Our lives were forever changed.
More and more each day, we learn what it means to be parents.
More and more each day, we discover this child’s amazing personality!
It’s shocking to realize how quickly he has truly transformed from a baby into a confident, interesting, comical, talented, and caring Little Man!
And even though 2 years really isn’t a long time at all, I know that he has always been my son.
From the beginning of time, the Lord has known about his plan to create Nolan Michael.
It has always been his plan to share this child with my husband and me.
When I think about May 11, two years ago, it’s like an exciting, life-changing “camp memory”. And at the same time, I know that this precious child has always been a part of my life, in the Lord’s perfect plans.
I look forward to each day that I get to spend with my growing son.
I’m thankful for this precious child, whom the Lord has given me the great privilege of being “Mommy” to.
joy: Nolan’s grin.