Mother's Day 2012
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No, this picture was not posed. Gavin truly decided at the exact moment the camera snapped to yell the most ear-pitching scream just inches from my ear. The photo that I chose not to include was the following shot of me palming Gavin's head with my hand as I pushed him away from my now-ringing ear. Steve laughed saying my hand looked more like a T-rex claw! I guess the picture really captures the tone of our house. It's rarely quiet and things rarely go as I have planned.
This picture was different than the previous two because, in addition to the three in my lap, I had a fourth little one growing in my tummy. A child I honestly didn't know was in our future. Steve and I always thought we would have three children, for us, that was the perfect number. Somewhere in there Steve, with his 'bigger is always better' outlook, thought a fourth is what was needed to complete our family. I, however, wasn't so convinced. My lap and my heart were full with our Bruisers and I couldn't see where a fourth would fit. (Steve pointed out that if I shift Cannon over just a bit there's plenty of room for another.)
That's the funny thing about life. I think we often are disillusioned with the control we think we have. The decisions we think are ours to make and not make. I think God gets a kick out of people like me who try and mold this life into how I think it should look or be. God must have seen some space in my lap because a fourth child is exactly what's been given to us. We are all looking forward to adding another Bruiser to our amazing family. He will most certainly fit right in!