Tuesday, May 12, 2009

7 years old today

newbornweigh.jpg picture by sweetteasoakers
There were days, way back in the beginning, that I never thought we'd get to where we are today.
I never thought it would be hard to remember how it felt way back when, when Rowan was born and the doctor told me that he had a cleft and then put this little stranger on my belly.
I couldn't imagine that the hours of pumping and then squeezing the milk into his little mouth would disappear into that foggy haze of the past.
I couldn't picture him learning to walk, to run, to ride a bike...
I never imagined him on a soccer team.
I certainly never dreamed of his mohawk.

I remember the threat of surgery looming over our heads, and then it was happening, and then it was done, and then it was just something that happened a long time ago...

And here we are.
This is Rowan.
rowanis7.jpg picture by sweetteasoakers

He loves dogs, riding his bike, and computers.
He's better at Mariokart that I am.
He can read. He's very good at writing. He draws well.
He makes this high-pitched noise that could make your ears bleed.
He sings to his baby sister.
He wants to be a vet when he grows up.

Honestly, how did we get from that baby to this boy? Where did it all go?
I can remember life before him, but I can't imagine it. I have to stop and think, "wait... that was before Rowan was born." How did I even exist before this boy came into my life?
I'm a completely different person today than I was 7 years ago.
7 years ago I was afraid and ashamed of feeling the way I did. I was looking for someone to blame and someone to make it all better *rightthisminute*.
This life is incredible. This world is magical. God is wonderful and mysterious and loves us more than we can possibly imagine. He chose us, chose me!, as Rowan's family. I couldn't have known it then, but I know it now - how very important that is.
Some people sparkle. Rowan is one of them. Aren't we lucky?


  1. Happy Birthday Rowan! Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle!

    I hope the whole day Sparkles!

    Holly's Mom (Peggy Fisher)

  2. That's an excellent birthday -- I'm proud to share Rowan's birth date!! Hope he had a wonderful day and I'm thrilled to see his new blog!!

  3. ok, you made me cry, and that is not so easy to do. you are lucky. and rowan is lucky that you are his mother. well done.

  4. I think this is honestly the sweetest thing I have ever read!