I remember when my first baby arrived.
My expectations of what life would be like as an 18 year old mother were overturned rather quickly.
No longer independent, I was now one half of a pair, a twosome who for quite a long time would cling to each other out of sheer love, powerful love.
Another six babies later and Blossom was born.
Her daddy and I had believed we were having a boy so her birth was a joyous ' surprise party' when the midwife announced a wee little girl had entered our world.
Twenty two years later and that precious girl, the baby of our family, is awaiting her own introduction to motherhood, to that same powerful love which wraps itself around hearts. When she and this soon-to-be-born baby girl find each other's eyes, when her tiny fingers wrap around Blossom's, life will change wonderfully for our youngest child.
Yesterday, after a visit to the doctor for her now weekly checkups, I took my Blossom-girl out for brunch. Time together, mother and daughter, just the the two us.
The cafe was white, calm, afresh with blooms that made us smile in delight...
The food was delicious...
...but the best thing was being together, taking a moment in time to stop and celebrate our relationship, the ties that bind her life with mine, the memories we share and the hopes yet to unfold before us.
Blossom is recovering well from the pneumonia but must take things very easy until her lungs are clear and all sign of infection gone. Our brunch was the perfect gentle outing for such a time as this.
Is there someone in your life you need to gather close and share a special moment with?
Don't wait. Memory moments like yesterday with my girl can give so much more than you realise - to both of you.
Have a blessed day,