Loving every version of our kids

Spending this time on the beach with my daughter, a young adult now, and noticing the young moms holding babies or playing with little ones, two thoughts ran through my mind.

The first, after just oohing and ahhing at the cuteness, was steeped in nostalgia. I thought about how much I loved those days with my daughter. How I adored every bit of her preciousness then. And that even though I remembered how tiring and challenging those days could be, the sweetness and dearness is what I now most clearly recall. Those days were so very special.

The second thought led me to look at my daughter and smile with my whole heart. I realized just how amazing ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™š days are. And how unbelievably much I adore ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ version of her. I could never have imagined that she would be the kind, funny, thoughtful, wise person standing before me. I could never have predicted having the extraordinary friendship that we are now blessed to share. 

My takeaway is that it is all a gift, all amazing in its own right. Each season and version of our children. So the best thing we can do is to treasure every ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ.ย And love every version of our kids.

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