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In just a few days we will be celebrating the first birthday of our youngest son. We have a 6-year age gap between him and our next son. I feel like I am being retrained in the ways of a toddler.

I forgot how busy and fast they are even when they are just crawling. Paper can be torn up quicker than you can blink and forgetting to shut the bathroom door results in the splashing sound of a toddler playing in the toilet bowl.

Even though I am much more tired at the end of the day, I am also really enjoying this stage again and I am very grateful for the blessing of this little boy. He is a special gift and blessing to our family.

I had experienced the sadness of a miscarriage about a year prior to getting pregnant with Zakiah. During my pregnancy with him, I was very aware of each and every movement. My heart would just soar with happiness and excitement over the precious life that was wiggling around in my body.

As my stomach grew and my baby moved, each and every kick was met with thankfulness. I remember the deep sense of relief I felt when he was born. I could finally hold and touch him. His little life made me so much more aware of God’s love, grace and faithfulness.

Right now as this little guy explores the world around him and grows, there will be many more stages to re-experience again soon. Some I am excited about and some I am a little more nervous about going through again. I am confident though that just like God led me through my pregnancy with Grace and strength, I know He will also guide me through all these next exciting stages of toddler hood and upwards with grace too.

A verse that blesses and encourages me in this season of life is: “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)

I am so thankful for God’s gentle leading in my life and care. Especially on those days when toilet paper is unraveled and tantrums abound, I have a heavenly father who is taking care of me. What a beautiful example that is to us as mothers as we extend love and care to the little ones in our lives each and every day.

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)


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