Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mia!!

One year ago today my precious little Mia was born into the world. One night when I was pregnant with her, I was lying in bed at night feeling lonely and sad. Our move to Texas was a tumultuous experience for me, and it took a long time for me to feel "at home" even after 2 years. I was praying, in those moments, for a little more joy. I didn't really ask for it in any form in particular... just a bit more. I felt a swift kick and God's affirming answer that joy was already percolating right there in my belly. I know, you're thinking, all children bring joy. True. But children also accompany great sacrifice with some stages being more difficult than others. Aidan, my little spit fire, went through a long biting phase. I love him so much. I am so eager to see his passionate spirit manifest in his spiritual calling. But the aggressive phase was long and no so joyful. So, it was after that prayer that I felt certain about her name: Mia Joie, Mia "mine" in Italian and Joie "joy" in French. So she is. She is cuddly and sweet and rests her head on my shoulder even when she's not tired. It was no coincidence, of course, that Mia Joie™ came from her, and this, too, has been a tremendous joy. Sometimes it feels like ridiculous, crazy joy, but joy for certain. So, happy birthday, my baby girl! I love you!
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The moment Mia arrived
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another picture by Tasha
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only a few days old...
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one year old--today!Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

10 comments:

Andrea Hallett said...

Happy Birthday sweet Mia! What beautiful pictures!

Jewllori by Lori said...

She is so beautiful, and what a beautiful story about her birth and how she brings you joy! I think we have a lot of similarities with our children! My first son is so agressive right now with other kids, it makes life difficult at times. I feel the same way about him, I just can't wait to see his fiery spirit emerge, and I know he will make huge differences in his world and for God!! anyways....

Happy Birthday lil Mia!

tasha said...

happy birthday beautiful girl.
i wish baby Jax could have shared your birthday!!! :(

Jessica Haley said...

Thanks, everyone! Tasha--ha, ha! I bet. Any news on when Jax will make his debut?

Ariana said...

AW..Happy Birthday to Mia. Thank you for sharing, that was so sweet. I understand how you feel about your son, I have 3 boys! My first was the worst, for lack of better words. William. For years I was so stressed about him. I thought for sure when he started school he would be the one to go to the office everyday. I thought for sure he was going to be the one in jail in first grade. LOL. But he has really developed into a loving boy. He hardly ever gets in trouble at school (home, different story, but I write it off as exploring or experimenting) and he loves his siblings! He is going to be 9 already. He is very curious. He wants to be a scientist when he "grows up." And the thing I am the most proud of is, for Thanksgiving, they always have projects at school and they have to write a list of what they are thankful for. The first thing on his list every year is God and I always cry. And not because I am number 5 but because I think even though one struggles, we know we are doing something right and our worries and hard work are paying off.

Jessica Haley said...

Ariana, I so enjoyed reading your post. It IS hard to have an iron-willed little boy. I see obedient, complacent children and think... what got into my Aidan? lol

How wonderful that William is grateful for God. I remember one time when Aidan was 2, he bit the nape of my neck right before I was putting him down for a nap. I was livid. But later that day, he was singing "Come to Jesus" in knowing way for such a small little boy. Those are the moments to hold on to!

Hana said...

Happy Birthday to Mia! You have such beautiful photos of her birth and a beautiful story!

Ariana said...

Jessica, I always found it amazing how children can anger you so much then melt your heart!

Jen from Windy Ridge said...

WOW that first photo is amazing wonderful!

Jessica Haley said...

Oh, Hey, Jen! Did know you visted my blog. Thanks for stopping by!

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