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Cherish The Moments

I wrapped a fluffy warm towel around Luca as she walked out of the baptismal font and hurried her into the dressing room. I couldn’t stop my eyes from filling up with tears. She was shivering and smiling and her face glowed.

“Brrrrrr! What do I do with these wet clothes?” she giggled, as she struggled to pull the wet jumpsuit off.

I giggled back as I helped her pull the wet clothes off of her warm wiggly body.

I slowed down as I was buttoning up the buttons on the darling dress we had picked out for her. I wanted the moment to last as long as we could stretch it out, without making the guests in the room outside the door wait too long.

I breathed in the smell of her clean hair as she struggled to put her little white eyelet lace socks on her damp feet. We giggled again as we realized they were inside out and I had to turn them around and put them back on her feet.

Lu's baptism

I had a brief flash of what it will be like when I am helping her dress as she is ready to go through the temple for the first time, and then again as she is dressing for her wedding.

I would like to have a picture of the look between her and her dad as they stepped into the water and he took her hands and bent over to whisper comfort in her ear as he prepared to baptize her. She didn’t look nervous, just a little jittery and excited, as she looked at him with total trust. Was it really eight years ago today that I watched him hold her for the first time and kiss her soft little newborn forehead?

I wish I could pack up these moments and put them in a pretty little box with a bow so I could revisit them whenever I need a reminder of how blessed I am.

  • Kel

    so sweet!!! congtaz to luca and happy birthday!!

  • It sounds like a very tender day for both of you. I wish I could have been there to share in the excitement. It is a milestone … and other milestones will come quickly. She’s a beautiful little girl and I wish I could go back and hug my beautiful little girls one more time!

  • Congratulations on your family’s big day.

  • What a sweet memory, time goes so fast.

  • Cindy Larkin

    I’m bawling my eyes out. I too have those feelings of wanting to capture “the moment” and cherish them forever. I have a theory about “motherhood moments”. My theory is this… I think there’s someone up there keeping a little notebook or diary about these very moments. I’d like to think that somehow they captured the moment in a photo as well, so that when this life is over I can look back at this album with the sweetest memories. Sometimes I even take a mental picture and say in my heart, “I want to remember this moment”. Sounds a bit corny I know, but oh how I never want to forget the moment I held each child for the first time, or the bonds that mother and child make while nursing, or the first time they took a step, or their baptism….the list will go on and on. I HOPE someone is documenting everything wonderful!

  • Jana

    I also have tears in my eyes, reading your thoughts and feelings of this woulnderful experiance. Congradulations Luca for making the choice to be baptised.

  • Stacey

    Ohhh, how sweet! She’s so pretty! Congrats!!

  • Shantel

    That is a really great memory to have written up for both of you. I’m glad that Luca decided to be baptized, she is such an angel.

  • Maryanne

    What a sweet post! That’s as good as having that moment in a pretty box with a bow. Those moments really do go by in a flash and before you know it you will be in the temple with her and wondering where her childhood went.

    I love that picture of her standing under Christ. So perfect.