Thursday, April 10, 2008

8.....Really????

I'm sure I have no readers left...but I have to shout out for Malaya's birthday! My daughter turns 8 YEARS OLD today!!! 8 years ago right now I was in a deep sleep, after recieving the greatest gift known to women (an epidural), while my labor increased with petocin. At 3:00, a nurse came in and told me it was time to push!! I was a little shocked but I was ready to have this baby in my arms. At 4:20 pm on a Monday afternoon, my life changed forever!!! I wish I had documented more of my feelings and how I felt b/c I had no clue that I wouldn't experience those heavenly feelings again, and for all you optimist out there, at least for a very long time!! Only God knows...
I was in pretty bad shape after giving birth to an 8 lb. 12 oz. baby (I know babies that have been born much bigger but for us Rosses this was a BIG baby!) so I didn't get to hold her for about an hour. I remember hearing her scream and cry and my Mom went straight to her and talked to her the whole time. My sweet hubby didn't leave my side. Malaya nursed really well but sleep..not so much!! And still to this day, she requires very little sleep, unlike her momma!! :)
I never knew what a joy being a mommy would be. Last week my parents and I were getting out Malaya's baby clothes to give to my niece that will be here in June!! and as I looked at those clothes every outfit brought back memories. And then to think to the present to her playing basketball, being in 2nd grade, talking on the phone, doing power point presentations at school!! How did we get 8 years later??!! I took everything super serious as a mom. I was telling Malaya last night that everyone would laugh at me b/c when you were just weeks old, I would rock you and read the bible to you. It did feel kind of silly but oh well, I had fun. And now you are eight and you read the bible each morning on your own. It seems surreal!!
I know all of us mommies hear all the time that they grow up so fast but let me just say these past 8 years have flown!!! I have grown closer to my Lord b/c of Malaya's existence. She has taught me about joy, love, laughter, and bizaillion's of other things. And I have loved getting to know God better with her. We have walked 8 years of life together.
I am so proud of her!!!
If you get a chance after reading this blog, will you just say a quick prayer over Malaya and her next year of life--that she will continue to have a hunger for God's word, that she will have a deepening desire to have relationship with Jesus, that she will be bold in her faith and continue to witness to kids at school, that she will have a devotion to Jesus and his calling and she will commit to living her life for Him! Thank you so much!!
And Malaya, precious one, Happy Birthday! You are such a treasure. I cannot imagine my life without being your mom!!! I love you the most:)

10 comments:

Danna said...

You still have readers, thank you so much for updating. A prayer has been lifted on Malaya and your family's behalf. Hope all of you are doing well.

Happy Birthday Malaya!!

margk said...

So sweet, Jenny. You and David are great parents. Happy Birthday, Malaya! You are a gift from God and I will pray for you.

Paige said...

I will definitely say a prayer over her and you and david! Hapy Birthday!

Kelli said...

Precious girl... loved running into her the other day at Matthew's program.

Happy Birthday Malaya... thanks for calling Matthew! I loved hearing this end of the convo!

God bless your precious life.

summer said...

So good to read your words, sweet friend! 8 years doesn't seem possible! I remember coming to see you and that sweet bundle at the hospital the day she was born. Hope to see you very soon!

Rick & Shara said...

Okay, this brought tears to my eyes! Malaya...Happy belated Birthday sweet girl! I love you and I am so thankful to have had you in my classroom last year. You are so very precious! What a blessing you are to those around you! Jenny, what an amazing mommy you are! I pray that I can also be that for my baby! God has blessed you with the gift of Malaya, but also with the gift of being a wonderful Mother! I am blessed to know each of you and I am so thankful that you let your light shine for the Lord daily! I love you tons!!

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday sweet thing! I need to hug you!

Amber Smith said...

That is SO hard to believe. 8 years old?!? The time does fly by so quickly. I am thankful that God gave you Malaya and continue to pray that He will bless you with more sweet babies in the future. Sweet sweet Malaya. What a precious one! Happy birthday!

Kayla said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Amy C said...

Happy Birthday Malaya! We love you!!!