Our little girl is two. God has blessed us with two wonderful years with her. I think, as a mom, birthdays are a good time to reflect on your little one’s life.
Cora came to us on March 31, 2009. Just 17 months after her big brother, and just 17 months before her little brother. It’s been one of those life struggles just to find the time to enjoy her. But let me tell you, I do.
When Cora was born, we quickly found out that she had fluid in her lungs. She had to be under an oxygen hood for the first 30 hours of her life. I couldn’t hold her; I couldn’t feed her; I couldn’t take her home; but I could love her from a distance. She recovered from that, and we took her home and she caught a bad cold which turned into RSV and Pneumonia. She stopped breathing early in the morning on April 13, 2009 and I had to do CPR while Brian called 9-1-1. This led to another hospital stay where Cora struggled to breath on her own, but this one was better – I got to hold her the entire time. And even as we dealt with colic until she was 8 months old, I just remembered how close we came to losing her, and hugged her a little tighter. Now she is a healthy, energetic two-year-old, and I am thankful every day that she is with us.
Her birthday was 13 days ago, but this is the anniversary of the day she stopped breathing. I consider this “Celebrate Cora’s Life Day.” It’s a good day for me to remember what God has done for us.
A few things I love about Cora:
- Her enthusiasm. No matter what she is doing, she does it whole-heartedly. If she is happy, sad, playful, hurt, sleepy, hungry… this girl goes ALL the way. I pray she will use her enthusiasm to make Christ look good. That she will devote her life to his service, and let everyone she meets know what a wonderful God she serves.
- Her willingness to serve. Cora is happy to help me by bringing a toy into the other room, getting Jairus a pacifier, wiping her high chair down, throwing away a diaper, picking up trash and anything else she can think of. I pray that this will develop into a desire to serve her husband and children and her church. I pray that she won’t burn out, but will enjoy being a servant because Jesus was a servant.
- Her maternal instincts. I love, love, love how much she loves Jairus, and any other baby, really. She is hardly ever so caught up in something that she can’t give a kiss to a baby. I pray she uses this to nurture her own children someday, and that she has opportunities to love children that don’t have anyone else.
- Her love of the outdoors. Cora loves being outside and running in the grass. She doesn’t care if she has shoes on or not, just being outside is enough. And the way she laughs when the wind blows her hair… I hope she never loses that. I pray she’ll see how amazing this earth is, and what a good creator made it for us to work in and enjoy!
Happy Celebrate Cora’s Life Day! We love you so much, Cora. We are thankful for you.