Today was one of those days, when an ordinary moment, suddenly makes you stop in your tracks and takes your breath away. We're on the eve of Ava turning 2 weeks old and I cannot believe how quickly time seems to be flying. Although it's only been 2 weeks, I already feel like life can very easily be divided into 2 major catagories; life before and after Ava :) This 7 lb little darling has changed everything with her entrance into our lives and into our hearts. She is the gift we wake up to, the reward we hold in our arms, the prize at the end of the day. Our hearts can hardly begin to take all of her in, but we are so thankful that we get to try.
Tonight we took her to a middle school play at a local school where some of our students attend. We go every year to their school play because we usually have several students involved and we love to show up and support them. This year they performed the musical, Annie. I love the story of Annie and watching them perform it, reminded me of how much I love the movie. We always enjoy a junior high play because it's totally unpredictable, usually awkward and full of funny little moments :) Tonight did not disappoint. As it was wrapping up, I was standing in the back of the auditorium, holding Ava when the final scene began. Ava was a little angel, staring wide-eyed through the majority of the play and not making a peep. As I stood there holding her, the kids started singing the famous anthem of little orphan Annie...
The sun'll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
There'll be sun!
Just thinkin' about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!
When I'm stuck a day
I just stick out my chin
The sun'll come out
So ya gotta hang on
Come what may
I love ya
I stood there and heard those words as if for the first time. What a familiar song and yet in that ordinary moment, a profound one. I found myself singing along and thinking back to just one year ago, when my heart longed for a child and hurt in the wait. And now, just one year later, I was holding perfection in my arms. Yes, when the days were gray and lonely, the sun still came up. I didn't miss the significance of that simple little song in that moment and I thought about all the friends I know, who are trying to hang on, waiting on the sun to come up. My little Ava's face is my reminder now that no matter how hopeless it seems, the sun will come up tomorrow...
And oh how I love this face :)
Waking up is awfully hard to do, no matter if the sun is up or not!
These early morning snuggles are my favorite part of the day.
When this little face reminds me of God's incredible grace.
Here's that little sweetie in her new dress from her Aunt Katy. Don't you love that red hair??
Despite the obvious, she really did like it Katy!!
But her pacifier sure helped her like it more :)
And then she pretended to fall asleep so I'd stop taking her picture!
Before we went to the play, we made an important stop first. We went to visit my little guys that I nanny for. They were so excited to meet this mystery baby they've been asking about for months!
Oh the wonder of a little baby...
She did great, but she wiggled around a little bit too :)
I love this picture. Someone was very proud of himself holding her!
And she happily cooperated.
Is this a cute one or what??
Trav's Mom took us out for dinner.
And Ava graciously slept until I finished my meal.
My goodness I love this little sweetie!
For all of you who are barely hanging on, just remember...
"The sun will come up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun!"
I mean after all, can't you see the sunshine in this face??