Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.
Nine years ago today our precious Koen was born. Last night Kevin and I were talking about Koen, how it felt like it was so long ago and just like yesterday all at the same time. The years go by without milestones for us to mark the passing time. No baseball games or field trips or morning snuggles. I ache for the little simple moments that we never had with him. But what a gift he was. I would want to rewrite his story so that he is still here with me, but I never wish that Koen never was, he was a gift. All three of them are. What an honor to be their safe place, the one they turn to in their joy and sorrows, where unconditional love flows freely. I don't take their lives, no matter how short, and my role in them for granted. They are my greatest gifts.
I am Jackie.