The Twins are Three!
Since the twins have quite literally grown up on this blog, I think it is only fair to share some photos of their birthday celebration yesterday.
W had a pretty low key day. Most pastors take Monday as a day off, and Dakotapastor is no different. He jumped at the chance to take his three favorite ladies out for breakfast. Next up was a trip to the hardware store for some much needed light bulbs (are we the only ones constantly changing light bulbs?) and a stop at the party store for one purple balloon and one pink balloon. We spent some time burning off some energy at the mall, and then we spent the afternoon baking two pink cakes. The actual cakes were strawberry swirled with chocolate and were delicious!
The older brothers were excited about seeing the girls open their gifts. The fun thing about a large family is that every birthday party is well attended!
I cannot begin to tell you how much these two little girls have changed our lives! I was a committed boy mom, and had come to terms with a life without pink. However, these little firecrackers have turned our house all kinds of shades of pink and purple. We’ve increased our baby doll collection by 2000%. Our home is filled with singing, giggles and, sometimes, temper tantrums. Our boys are learning patience and gentleness. Our daughters are learning how polite and kind boys act, and I pray they remember the model their brothers set when they enter the dating years.
My twin daughters remind me of a poem that I keep on my refrigerator. It was slipped into a card attached to baby gifts when the girls were born. The poem was from another mom of twins (who are now parents of their own), and she understands fully well they joy and challenges of twins.
Mother of Twins
It only happens to one in eighty,
Or so statistics claim,
But after it happens to anyone
Nothing’s ever the same.
You have double the trouble, and
twice as much work,
And twice as much loving to do
But when, with the years, you
are lonely and old
Twice the love will come back to you.
You’ll have twice as much pleasure
and twice as much pain.
Share twice as much gladness and joy.
And think of the lovely figure you’ll gain
As you bed to pick up each toy!
You’ll learn twice the patience, grow
twice as much faith,
As you teach them life’s battles to win,
So aren’t you proud to be one out
That God chose to be Mother of twins!
Yes, it is absolutely true, I feel so privileged to have the gift of raising all of my children, but I especially feel honored that God would entrust me with a pair as unique, challenging and loving as my Elizabeth and Emily.
Happy birthday, girls!