Eleven years ago, I was pregnant with my first child. It was a time of great excitement and expectation, and I had so much to do! One of those all-important tasks was the baby’s birth announcement. I set out to create just the perfect announcement, choosing just the right paper, just the right ribbon, just the right font. And of course, I wanted just the right quote to be printed on the announcement. During this oh-so extensive search, I came across the following quote (which, by the way, I did not use for the announcement) by Charles Dickens:
“It is no small thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”
I thought it was a nice quote worth remembering but it wasn’t right for what I was doing, so I wrote it down and filed it away. Several years and babies later, I was going through old files and ran across a piece of crinkled, lined notebook paper on which the quote was scribbled. It was with new eyes that I read the words. I had real clarity in that moment. I understood the magnitude of loving, and being loved by, my four little creatures. I felt my heart leap as I read the words that had seemed so ordinary just a few years earlier.
I never could have understood how challenging, exhilarating, heartbreaking, overwhelming, precious, breathtaking this life is. Never. And I would not choose another life, ever. Because this life is no small thing.