A year ago tonight I went into labor with Ryan, and on the eve of his first birthday, I am finding myself especially reflective. I am thinking about the things I’ve learned over the last year: what I’ve learned about being a mom and taking care of an infant, what I’ve learned about being the wife of a man who you have a child with, what I’ve learned about balancing personal and professional responsibilities, and what I’ve learned about surrendering and living in the moment.
The last year has been such a beautiful gift as I have lived alongside Ryan and watched him grow from a totally dependent, little baby, into an energetic and independent, little person. The creation of life is certainly a miracle. God breathes us into being, forming us in our mothers and then delivering us into the world. And even more, he trusts us with his creation, and he invites us to partner with him to continue the cycle of human life. What an honor and responsibility. As I prepare to celebrate Ry’s birthday, I am filled with an incredible amount of gratitude and appreciation for this sweet life and the opportunity to be his mom. Happy birthday Ryan!