Forever My Baby

My sweet Hannah girl has enjoyed a 7 year reign as the baby in our family. And suddenly, she feels as though her reign has come to an end.

Hannah and I have always had an extra-special relationship. Or maybe every mother feels that way about her daughter. She has always chosen Mommy over just about anything else.

Playdate with friends, Hannah?

No, I think I’ll stay with Mommy.

Want to go to Grandma’s/Nana’s/Auntie’s house?

No, I think I’ll stay with Mommy.

Sleepover at someone else’s house?

Absolutely not! We have tried. It didn’t go so well.

In fact, as I was eavesdropping on a conversation between Hannah and her dear little friend Carli….

“Do you want to come for a sleepover, Hannah?” asked Carli.

“Oh….you know how I feel about my Mommy. I would miss her too much!” replied my sweet girl.

And now Hannah feels that her relationship with her Mommy might be a little bit threatened. There have been some tears. And tonight she said to me, “Why do you like the new kids more than me?”

Oh! Knife to the heart!

I understand how she feels. All of a sudden she has to share her mommy’s time and attention and love with some “new kids.” She doesn’t understand that a mommy’s love is never-ending. It is a stretching, growing thing that suddenly is big enough to love 5 (or 6) children with the same amount of love.

I know this is just one of the adjustments that our family has to make. But can you please pray that Hannah would feel just as loved and special as she always has? And would you pray that I would have the wisdom as to how best to show love to each and every one of my children. Thank you, friends.

Come on...who wouldn't love this girl?




5 thoughts on “Forever My Baby

  1. Nana & Bedstafar

    There is ONLY one Hannah! AND we will offer a special prayer for her. We love her & miss her VERY much. Read scripture with her and it will be medicine for her soul. Special time just with Hannah is important.
    Love & prayers, Mom

  2. Ann Vallotton

    Praying for your sweet girl! Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow him, here she is at this huge transition in her life counting the cost!! Very wise 7 year old!

  3. Erin

    Praying for Hannah’s little heart! I remember how it felt not even wanting our foster kids to call “MY” mom, Mom(and I was in JH). This is a hard thing. I will have to take her out on a special date when you return to hear all about HER trip! 🙂 I will continue to pray for her & Joel’s adjustment.

  4. Georgia

    Awe..sweet girl. Praying for hannah’s adjustment to your beautiful new family. 🙂 I remember you telling me about that conversation. Haha! Carli misses her friend sooooo much!!

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