I felt reminiscent last night. The evening had developed in to both a mixture of laughter and tears as Mel, Dave and I sat around sharing from our hearts and making the most of one of the few nights we’d all be together just hanging out like the good old days... then all of a sudden, it occurred to me that exactly five years earlier on the eve of Tobi’s birth- all three of us had sat around in a similar sort of way sharing, predicting, reminiscing and just enjoying one another’s company.
Mel had stayed at our house the night before I was to be induced at the hospital. Now here we all were five years later on that same night hanging out in a very similar sort of way, only this time we weren’t wondering what this new little baby would be like, we were eating left overs from his 5th birthday party which had been just a few days earlier!
And so Tobi, if you ever read this, I just wanted to say that we are so glad that we know you. We love you just the way you are. We know that sometimes it can be difficult being a kid and trying to make sense of this crazy world and all your emotions. It’s hard for grown ups too!!
We will continue to love you and nurture you for as long as it takes for you to venture out and stand on your own. You have brought us so much joy and so many laughs already. I will never forget how thankful we were when we knew that you had survived that emergency caesarian and how amazing it felt to have a child of our own. I can tell you that even though Daddy and I are not perfect (I know it’s hard to believe!) and we will make mistakes, we promise we’ll always try our best to raise you in the way that God wants us to and we will pray for you and be grateful for you every single day of your life because you truly are a wonderful gift- we celebrate you today Tobi and we love you very much.
PS I’ve posted more photos on my other blog!