At 11;57 p.m. this evening, exaclty 17 years ago, I became a mother. The most wonderful thing that God ever did for me besides saving me from sin. They laid a healthy, beautiful baby girl in my arms. She was very upset about the whole ordeal, but I would stroke her soft cheek with my forefinger and talk with her and she would stop bellowing and look up at me. I was mesmerized. A gift from heaven. There are no words to tell of the joy, the beauty, the wonder of becoming a mother. So today, 17 years later, is Felecia Genevieve's birthday. The name Felecia means happines or great joy.
When she was about five years old, I had salmon steaks in the oven. They usually come in a U shape. She could smell something different cooking and came in and asked me what we were having for dinner. When I told her we were having Salmon steaks she peered in the oven at them and said, "ohhhh, were having fish legs for dinner." Fancy that!
Another time around the same age, she was taking a bath and I went to clip her finger and toe nails. I started with her fingernails, but noticed that they were very short. "Felecia Genevieve, you need to quit biting your nails!" She listened with a slight guilty expression. "Give me your foot", I said. She lifted her foot up and triumphantly announced, "Now these I DON"T bite!" Hmmm...
The years are running by
onward...out of sight;
My children aren't so tiny
as just a fore' night
They're thinking, planning, yearning
Their wings to stretch and fly;
It won't be long when they will take
their wing and say goodbye
Oh Lord help me prepare them
that they would trust your ways;
And let your Holy spirit
guide them all their days
So in their flight of joy
mindful they would be;
that life is full of sorrows
and they have need of thee
And when their sun is darkend
and storm clouds dim their view;
they'll find a welcomed shelter
In snuggling close to you
Oh Lord please over shadow
and keep them in thy care;
That they would know you personally
Will always be my prayer!