Last night I had Harley (my little baby girl) on my chest trying to get her to go to sleep. We were already in bed and Annie was sleeping. I thought Harley had gone to sleep because she was very still and her head was just laying on my chest and she was facing Annie. I looked down and noticed she was staring at Annie. Was she zoning out? Was she staring at her mother in awe? I don’t know for sure, but the moment was amazing. I just looked at Annie and thought about everything she had been through during the 40+ hours of labor/ fully dilating/ going to the hospital only to have a C-Section. She never gave up, she never cried (until she heard our baby’s first cry), she never complained. I was holding her hand through about 90% of it, but I feel like I was more traumatized than she was! My wife is the strongest person I’ve ever met. I never knew what she was really made of until June 28th, 2012.
So Harley and I were laying there looking at Annie and I was thinking to myself, THIS IS A REAL WOMAN! My goal with Harley is to make sure she turns out like her mother (and better if that were even possible). I was also thinking about all of the girls out there without positive woman role models in their lives. At that moment I wanted every girl that uses her body to gain approval of a man to see Annie, and know that this is a real woman that never had to degrade herself for approval. I wanted every girl that thinks she’s too fat or too skinny to be loved to see Annie, and know that this is a real woman who finds her self worth from God. I wanted every girl who thinks that the pressures of this life are too much for her to bare to see Annie, and know that this is a real woman who knows that she can do ALL things through Christ who has given her strength. I wanted all those girls to know that there is a better life out there through Christ. My wife is a living picture of Christ’s love, strength, and grace. She’s a better person than me and I’ve definitely “married up”.
My wife… a real woman. Real women, mom’s that stuck with it and didn’t give up… I salute you!