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Hello, heart

February 8, 2011

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

And isn’t it true? There you see it before you. Your heart. Your life. Your emotions. All poured into this tiny creature that would not exist if it weren’t for you. And they run recklessly and try to climb tall things and have hospital visits.  And it’s terrifying and exhilarating and overwhelming as you sit and watch your heart – your babies – grow and learn and experience the world for the first time. It is truly momentous. And not to be taken lightly. We must regard the responsibility of parenthood with the utmost seriousness – even if we spend most of it playing dress-up and making up silly words. Because being a good parent is everything – to them.

I just had a conversation with a friend about some children who weren’t being treated well by their parents and it caused me to pause. It is moments like this that I can feel a bit hopeless about the world we live in — about broken families and neglected babies.

But then I look at his face.

In a picture pinned on the wall next to my desk: my two-year old with half-moon, smiling eyes and chubby cheeks and I see… hope. And I look at his little sister: the epitome of beauty and love. And I realize why we take the leap – why we allow our hearts to jump from our bodies and roam the earth and all of its what-if’s.

Because they are our ministry.

Because they will be lights in the world.

And by loving them as well as I can, God will use them to plant more seeds of love out there.

Hello, heart. Run free.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    February 9, 2011 11:00 am

    The love, care, concerns, worries never stop. My children are in their 30’s, and on their own. I still worry about them, feel for them, love them. I made many mistakes when they were growing up, and ask God for forgiveness and pray that they will return to the Church. God bless and help all parents. I do not regret having them at all. Now I have 2 grandsons, and know that because I had children, 2 new lives exist. God bless them all.

  2. Kimber permalink
    February 10, 2011 8:20 pm

    Lauren- once again you have such a beautiful way of saying how you feel! I love this line “Hello, heart. Run free.” Your children are wonderful and blessed with such loving parents 🙂

  3. Maryanne permalink
    February 11, 2011 9:00 am

    So beautiful! I so enjoy your insights, and I just love Elizabeth Stone’s quote.

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