Sunday, December 4, 2011

The other week in church we were teaching the children the stories of Jesus. We had each child take a turn and tell their favorite one. They then asked me what mine was. Immediately I went to the nativity story. Back in August Jared and I were reading the New Testament together and came to Luke 2, a prominent chapter about Christ's birth. Afterward I immediately turned to my journal that I keep just for Evelyn and wrote the following:

"Your father and I were just reading in Luke about the birth of Christ. I became so impressed with the way that Christ physically came in to this world - the same as you were brought to this earth. You are so holy and pure just as He was. I have the same privilege that was allotted to Mary of raising a child of God. I love you." 

I think I've mentioned before that Evelyn has never been a cuddler. She is a mover and a shaker and hates being restricted. But last week she let me hold her, and rock her, and fell asleep in my arms. I sat there for 45 minutes and just looked at her in awe. So tender was the moment that I had to capture it in hopes of retaining some portion of what I felt. As we are nearing Christmas and it is my first as a mother, my thoughts are turned to Mary. What a wonderful supreme gift that is given to us women to take part in something so divine.


  1. aww--- i love this picture. reminds me of how Jesus wants me to cuddle up in His arms and completely trust!

  2. Beautifully said, and the photo is gorgeous!

  3. lovely picture :)

    this is my first momma christmas too, i am so excited! i even let some common sense in and only got adalia one gift (a stuffed animal llama :) haha)

  4. I love how you said:

    "I have the same privilege that was allotted to Mary of raising a child of God."

    I love holding Matthew while he's sleeping and just admire what a special spirit he is and how honored I am to raise him unto God. :)

  5. Ok, Evelyn sounds exactly like 5ohBaby. She never cuddles but today she just sat lovingly in my arms for a while. I am totally jealous of your 45 minutes. Also, I keep a journal just for her, too. That is such a beautiful thing you wrote her. wow.

  6. Kendra,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. So happy to follow you and your family. I'm so excited for you to experience your first Christmas as a mother. You think it can't get any better, and then day after day, ...more love!

  7. What a beautiful post! And a beautiful baby girl!

    (And ... on an unrelated note ... great white v-neck. It's hard to find the perfect one, isn't it?)

    I'm so happy to follow your blog!