Sunday, December 28, 2008

Count Your Many Blessings

There is a song in our hymn book that starts, "When upon life's billows your are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done."

Today I have been feeling fairly tempest tossed. But, there has been one bright shining blessing that has been the light to see me through this day. Her name is Sabrina. Above she is standing next to a million pennies. There are more than a million reasons I love this little girl. Today I just want to record what an incredibly wonderful daughter she is to me and how incredibly grateful I am that of all the moms in the world, she got to come to me.

Sabrina is quick to obey and always willing to help her sisters even when I don't ask. She will volunteer to do another's task to keep the peace. She comforts her sisters when they get hurt. She will carry them to me in her arms. 

Sabrina is incredibly sensitive to the feelings and needs of those around her. She has a very tender heart and hates for others to be sad or lonely or in trouble. When I am sad she holds me and tells me it will be okay. She tells me angels are always watching over me and that I am not alone. She wipes away my tears and stays gently by my side. She has a mother's heart. 

When Sabrina was born, she was such a good and happy baby. I quickly realized how little parenting is responsible for how babies act. These little souls come with so much of themselves in tact. I had done nothing to make her good. She just was. I just hoped I wouldn't screw her up. 

I used to wonder how I got so lucky to get the baby who didn't cry, was giggly and happy. The one who fell asleep so easily and would sleep anywhere through any kind of noise. So many of my friends had more high maintenance babies.  As Sabrina has grown, she has continued to be easy to parent and generally a joy to have in our home. 

Today, I realized that she is truly a gift to me. The Lord knew I would have some dark days and He sent me a tender hearted, empathetic, angel of a daughter who would be old enough to comfort me through them in her simple child like ways. I count Sabrina as one of the greatest blessings of my life. She certainly blessed my life today. I love you forever and always my Saby.