Life After NICU / My Days With James

Lessons From James, I Love What He Teaches Me

I wasn’t going to publish a blog today. There is so much happening in the world that makes anything I have to say seem trivial. But James isn’t trivial, and some people have told me that he gives them hope. I think we need a whole lot of hope, goodness, and love during times like these. Maybe James will be a light to someone today, and that will make it worthwhile.

I’ve thought a lot about the world James is growing up in. I don’t want him to be afraid. Cautious and smart, but not afraid. Life is an amazing blessing, and something many thought he wouldn’t get to experience. I want him to live a life full of joy, laughter, and love, with no regrets. I love the spirited way he experiences every day; he’s taught me so much.

James and Naydia

I love his excitement for simple things.

Joe Pool Lake

I love the joy he has for doing things he loves.

Falling in the Bluebonnets

I love that he’s not afraid to fall.

Looking at Bluebonnets

I love that he pays attention to the small things.

Smiles in the Bluebonnets

I love that he smiles easily.

When James was born he put many things into perspective for me. I learned then not to take anything for granted. Each day with him was a gift and I knew tomorrow wasn’t guaranteed. I learned to live in the moment, and even when things were really hard I tried to be thankful. Now that he’s a rambunctious little toddler it can be hard to keep that perspective, but each day gives me a chance to do better. I’m thankful for the lessons he’s taught me about life, and hope I never stop learning them.

4 thoughts on “Lessons From James, I Love What He Teaches Me

    • Thank you for your sweet comments. I am doing the best I can, like most of us are, and I make plenty of mistakes. Trying to learn from them as I go. He makes everything better just by being here, and makes me try really hard to be the mom he deserves.

  1. Beautiful words, and such a beautiful child! Thank YOU for your words today. Our world, and sometimes our daily life, is so busy we forget to see the good around us. And you have “a whole lot” of fun in front of you, running around you, chasing after you….Thank you for sharing James. Hope James (and you!) have a great week!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to keep up with James. He is a whole lot of fun! I feel like the luckiest person in the world because I get to be his mom. 🙂

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