I have a friend who believes that people are brought into our lives as our family, to help shape us into the people we were always intended to be.
Life can be tough on us. But through the intimacy and loyalty that comes in familial relationships we are challenged and loved in such a way that shapes us into magnificent people. Magnificent people who are kind and considerate, generous and forgiving.
I love this idea, that we are made better by doing life together, but I would have never expected how my heart would grow after this little boy entered the world. He has softened my spirit and increased my capacity for love and compassion. And among so many other things, he has taught me patience and peace.