Today is November 24th. For most of you, that just means its Tuesday. But for me, it means that I have completely left baby life behind. TWO years ago today i was bringing a lovable, crazy, beautiful, funny and stubborn little baby into this world. Mr Owen Charles. And Yea I know, we technically say they are toddlers at 1 and no more “baby”, but we are most likely not having any more children, so I prolonged the “baby” phase with Owen. Sue me 😉
So this moment in time should be blogged about. Its a big deal to me! A chance for me to tell the world about my life and love with this baby boy. I want to write about how amazing everything about life with a two year old is and that there is no pulling out my own hair or screaming at the top of my lungs and wanting to run and run and run until I hear silence, but I cant. Being a small business owner while also a mom to a headstrong two year old (and a busy six and a half year old) is very demanding and very stressful at times. But it really is in the midst of the chaos and stress that I truly stop and look at that twinkle in his eye, his mischief laced smile, his little “strut” when he walks and the one little section of hair on that always sticks straight up on his, and in those moments I see and feel how blessed and lucky I am. He is a perfect gift from God to ME. Teaching me and helping me grow. You see, its in the moments he is testing me, that I love him most because he is teaching me patience. In the moments that he is destroying my house (right after I cleaned it) that he reminds me to thank GOD that I have this wonderful tiny monster to clean up after. It’s when he’s being silly and playful that he’s reminding me to stay young at heart. Its when he get frustrated and throws a fit when he reminds me how hard it is to be a toddler trying to find his way in this big, huge world. Its when I think I think that i have NOTHING more to give at that moment, that i realize why I am here, and its for two specific reasons, to serve God and take care of my wonderfully crazy family, and that always gives me the strength to give more at that exact moment.
I get tired, I get stressed, I get over worked…I am human, BUT I am the luckiest mother in the whole world to get the chance to be Owens tired, stressed and over worked mommy. I would NOT have it any other way! I do my best for him (and his brother and his daddy) every day and I am thankful for the opportunity. And for every hard and trying times with him (and the other two boys), in return brings MULTIPLE fun and silly and loving times with him too.
Owen, you are beautiful, funny and smart. I LOVE seeing your bright smile and hearing your loud screams. You and your charisma capture little pieces of everyones heart that you come into contact with and that is something that is special and unique to you, NEVER EVER LOSE THAT.
I want to treasure this time. I want to savor this time. I dont want to miss it. I fear sometimes that I get too caught up in the hustle and bustle. Im thankful that he slows me down. He reminds me about what life is about. So here are my “thank you’s” to you Owen…Thank you for being you. You are imperfectly perfect. Thank you for being head strong, it will keep you going for the rest of your life. Thank you for being sweet and silly, it will balance your stubbornness. Thank you for being adventurous and daring, even though it scares mommy, it will keep you exploring, curious and wanting to learn more. And mostly, thank you for loving me. Its all that I need in this thing called life. I love you more than life itself. I cannot wait to watch you grow into the beautiful, and amazing man that I know you will become.
Happy second birthday Owen. These last two years have been a whirlwind of fun, joy, craziness, frustration and mostly love and cuddles.
“my child, if your heart is WISE, my own heart will REJOICE! Everything in me will CELEBRATE when you speak what is RIGHT.” Proverbs 23:15-16
Here are just a couple of my favorite shots from this year of our time out exploring and making memories!
AND here are just a few from his shoot that we did to honor him turning TWO!
Thank for reading my heart through this post. It means the whole world to me.