This week was my little girl’s second birthday.
When our little girl was born at home 4 weeks early we were surprised and a bit caught off guard. The next day when we had to take her to the hospital an hour away for oxygen we were confused and scared – she still didn’t even have a name. After a few days, watching helplessly as our brand new 5 lb 6 oz baby was poked and prodded and tubed up, we realized that she was stronger than we had known. She screamed and fought day and night for hours at a time until, on day 5, we were finally allowed to hold her – she smiled.
Willow is teaching us so much. She is teaching us hard lessons about ourselves and our faults. But she also reminds us that it is more fun to smile and laugh than just get through the day. She is independent, stubborn, and willful but she also needs her mama and papa in many of the same ways she did when she was an infant in our arms. When I try to see into her future I get a little nervous and even a little bit scared. Will we know how to raise her, give her what she needs? Will we learn how to mold her stubborn streak into a wise strength? Will she trust us with her independent ideas and desires? Will we know how to support and believe in her? I can only pray to God for wisdom and believe He holds her in his hands.
We love you Willow girl! You are so beautiful and special to us!
“Almost all willows take root very readily from cuttings or where broken branches lie on the ground. . . The roots are remarkable for their toughness, size, and tenacity to life.”
Willow trees, Wikipedia