Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Day 2.






Chloe with her new bunny. 



A special dress from Grandma Locklin.























Simple lazy days at home.  That is how we started out our time with Grandma and Grandpa.  After only a couple days we are feeling recuperated with some much needed rest.  It's amazing how much more I can get done and still rest with extra hands around.  Chloe is loving the time with Grandma and Grandpa, even though we've had some challenging days.  Let's just say it seems like the Two's have arrived since Chloe turned a year and a half.  We hear "No!" most of the day.  And that is a word I try to avoid, by instead telling her what she can do.  Or giving age appropriate options.  My patience is tested daily.  I guess it's another place for me to grow.  Argh! 

Yesterday however, she was a doll the whole day.  She even took a 2 hour nap.  We played for hours in a friends backyard and our bloom collected grapefruit from the citrus trees that filled their yard.  It was a magical evening.  You could feel spring in the air.

While everyone enjoyed dinner, I snuck away to attend my first grief support group.  I was so nervous but the time was well spent with other women working through the loss of their mothers.  It's amazing the bond you feel with strangers who connect so deeply with a similar loss.  It was nice to hear how others were coping and learning from them.  I think it will be a nice place to collect strength.  I sure need it these days.  My energy seems to be dragging. 

How I long for the wisdom of my mom during these learning years as a mother.  I pray daily for guidance and assurance that I am giving my best effort.  Sometimes even when you don't have all the answers, you just need a pat on the back.  Giving it your all is what we are called to do as parents, right?

6 comments:

NicholsSouth said...

Love love that dress. Absolutely adorable! And you are a wonderful mom! Chloe looks so happy! I pray for you all the time, my dear. If there's anything I can do from 2,000 miles away, let me know. :)

The Edison's... plus two! said...

I think little Chloe is getting cuter by the minute. It's normal to have your patience tested daily:)... but it does get to you! Emma's started at a year and a half too, but got much better by the age of 2 (I swear it was because she outsmarted us;)). Enjoy every second. I'm already looking for pre-schools for next year and get choked up just thinking about it. If you even need anything just holler:). Much love. xo

The Locklins said...

Isn't it fun?! Kevin's mom got that for Chloe. It's perfect for spinning circles. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. Just that is so helpful

The Locklins said...

I so appreciate it. You are so thoughtful and caring.

The Locklins said...

She is growing so fast. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

The Locklins said...

I'm gaining patience as I realize, "This too shall pass." and then I'm sure I miss those silly, zany things she did to test me. Haha! And such is motherhood. I so enjoy that we can watch each others babes grow and encourage each other online. It helps so much!

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