The second discovery has been a fun one to share with people who visit our home. While Gwen and I were swinging a couple of weeks ago, all of a sudden she said, "Mom, look! There's a heart on that tree!" Thinking she was seeing something through the eyes of a 4-year-old, I told her she would have to show me when we were done swinging. Then I actually looked where she was pointing, and saw this ...
Gwen has a knack for finding hearts. She brings me rocks shaped like hearts, makes hearts out of leaves and flowers, loves to draw hearts, and makes hearts with her hands all the time. So, it was fitting that she discovered this tree.
|Gwenyth Kay on her 5th birthday|
My husband asked me when I started this blog why I titled it "one day at a time." He thought it sounded daunting and negative and wasn't sure it was the right title for our family. I understood his thoughts, but as I move forward, I feel like it is exactly right. Sometimes we love our life, one day at a time. Other times we deal with our life, one day at a time. The message it sends to me is to appreciate each day and live in the moment, no matter if it is a "loving" moment or a "dealing" moment.
We may not always be perfectly content where we are, but we can move forward with the knowledge that life isn't defined by our level of contentment. It's defined more by how we react in times of difficulty and stress. I do not define myself as a parent of a baby with Down syndrome. I define myself as a parent of three amazing children who each bring joy and challenges to my life.
Worrying today does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of it's strength." -JRR Tolkien