Tonight we brought Cedar to the beach not too far from where our ceremony took place. Ahead beyond the waves, we could see the cliff where we stood five years ago. It was lit up in orange and red hues as the sun went down on the water.
Five years ago today, how could we have known the journey we would travel? Five years ago today, how could we know that tonight we would stand side by side, holding one of the most amazing human beings and calling him our son, our family, as we gazed back at where we once stood?
I imagined us waving at our past selves standing on that cliff...reassuring that all will be okay. All will be mended. All will be healed...and dreams will come to fruition grander than we had dreamed up.
It was surreal tonight. And as I watched my boys run and chase the seagulls I took a deep breath and with tears forming, I laughed out loud. A deep, joyfully soaked laugh and as my hands were cupped up to my mouth, I whispered thank you."*
I found this post and thought that this is what birth is really about. It's about creating a family. This story actually came from a family who adopted, but I think we go through all the same emotions, trials, ups and downs etc, as you do with actually giving birth. I too look back at myself years ago, and laugh a joyful laugh. Nothing can express the joy you can feel as you start the journey of motherhood. I just hope I never forget the significance of this event as I take care of women.
* this quote is taken from: http://bohophotography.blogspot.com/2009/08/five-years.html