My girl Lillian turned two on June 7. She’s the sweetest of sweet – Courtney and I constantly find ourselves in disbelief at how cute she is. She’s stolen our hearts just like her brother did before her.
I leave the house on wedding days and she says things like, “Daddy…..shooooot…a bedding?”
It melts our hearts.
When she gets tired, she loves to snuggle up near our necks, and she sucks a thumb on one hand and with the other hand pinches the skin on our necks. It’s so cute, but when it gets unbearable we ask her to stop and she does it to herself instead. If you ever see her standing around with her thumb in her mouth and her hand pinching the skin on her neck or someone else’s, you know it’s naptime.
We love this little girl more than words can describe.
Parenting is hard but it’s brought a whole new level of fulfillment. I used to hope for happiness all the time, but I’ve come to realize that the trials and difficulties we experience in parenting and marriage and life in general bring something better than constant happiness – they bring fulfillment. The challenges become plot points on our life story, and conquering them with our loved ones brings a fulfillment that’s more satisfying than being in a state of constant happiness could ever produce. Choosing to live life with Courtney and have the kids we’ve had has deepened the coffers of my heart, and allowed me to feel a satisfaction that I never would have thought possible.
Happy birthday, Lillian Heart.