I Didn’t Know…

Before my children were born, I dreamed of all of the ways that I would show them love. I knew that I would comfort them, dry their tears, offer encouragement, and be their safe place to land.

What I didn’t know is how they’d offer me those same things in return.

I didn’t know that waiting for Katie would teach me a level of patience beyond anything I could have ever imagined

…that she would help me to learn to trust my gut….

…and that she would stretch my heart beyond all comprehension.

I didn’t know that Matthew would teach me that I don’t always know best

…that he would melt my heart in a way that only a son could

…and that he would help me to grow stronger.

I didn’t know that on days like today, when I was the one with tears, that my babies would comfort me and be my safe place to land.

This parenting thing teaches me something new every day. Oh, how lucky I am to be their mother.

This post is linked up over at Things I Can’t Say.  Thank you, Shell, for encouraging us all to share photos of our babies…this was so lovely.

And speaking of Shell, I am so honored to be her featured BFF today over on Things I Can’t Say. It would mean the world to me if you would stop by. I’m talking about how PBS has corrupted my child and I need your help!


  1. Anna S.

    what a beautiful post – and what beautiful babies!

  2. Kimberly mamasmonologues.com

    Oh, this is simply lovely. So so sweet.

  3. MamaWantsThis mamawantsthis.com

    You had me blubbering, I'm a teary mess. Your babies are gorgeous, and so are you. xo

  4. galitbreen

    Oh sweet Nicole- this was gorgeous. I would expect nothing less. XO

  5. beautiful and true. your children are so precious and SO SO SO cute. i'm melting!

  6. You have such a beautiful way of expressing your feelings about parenthood that just makes me tear up, nod, and wish I had thought of that exact thing to say :)

    They are yummy, gorgeous babies!

  7. What a wonderful twist on Rockin the Baby and so true. I always say that The Girl taught me that I am not an exemplary parent, sometimes it's just the luck of the draw! :)

    Stopping by from BFF!

  8. Those are the sweetest pictures. And yes my children challenge me everyday and that is why I love it.

  9. Jenny ourlittlebubba.blogspot.com

    Such a sweet post and your babies are definitely gorgeous!

  10. Such a sweet post! Babies definitely change everything.

  11. Genevieve gvandmonkey.blogspot.com

    My goodness they are gorgeous :-) And they are so much our teachers, aren't they?

  12. Krista notmommyoftheyear.com

    So wonderful. We do spend so much time thinking of what we'll teach them. When instead we do the growing, right along with them. Your two babies really look a lot a like when you look at their baby pictures side by side, huh? Beautiful.

  13. Evonne julesoutloud.blogspot.com

    Your babies are beautiful! Motherhood is definitely a learning process.

    Congrats on your BFF feature!

  14. Rach_DonutsMama

    It really is amazing how they become our safe place too, isn't it? My daughter is instantly comforted when I hold her and you know what I realized? I am too.

  15. polwig polwig.com

    Beautiful amazing photos, you have beautiful babies and now kiddos.

  16. Sherri

    Oh, I love me some itsm babies! And I love reading your words about them.

    But those pictures? I die. So adorable.

  17. SquashedMom

    Such beautiful babies. And your words… your words beyond beautiful. So true and straight from the heart. I was wondering which of my 1/2 written posts I was going to finish up and pop onto my blog today. And then scrapped them all and started writing a babies post of my own to link up. So thanks for the inspiration, too, babe.

  18. Charlotte mypixieblog.com

    What a beautiful, sweet post this is. And your children are absolutely beautiful :) XOXO

  19. Jessica fourplusanangel.com

    Beautiful, beautiful words and pictures and children. I love reading the amazing way you love your children. Congrats on the BFF feature too!

  20. supermomboots

    Your children are so beautiful! And your words are perfect. I am going to have to come back and read the posts you are linking to :)

  21. mommyofamonster

    Swoon!!! They are perfect as are your sweet words :)

    Makes me (almost-kinda-sorta-but-not-really) want another one!

  22. Megan -Best of Fates bestoffates.com

    Your babies are adorable.

    And your writing is beautiful.

    So, same as always.

  23. John

    Absolutely, absolutely adorable.

  24. Kristi

    Aw… If you ask ne, Katie and Matthew are two of the luckiest kids in the world. And it sounds like you're one lucky mama too! Thanks for sharing this. I'm going to Stumble it when I get back to my laptop. :)

  25. julie gardner juliecgardner.com

    Oh, the gorgeousness.

    The words. The pictures. The eyes.


  26. multitaskingmumma

    This was so beautiful.
    And your pictures were breathtaking!
    What stunning children!

  27. JDaniel's jdaniel4smom.com

    What big blue eyes they have!

  28. Rachel mommyneedsavacation.com

    My favorite Rockin' the Baby link up post! Beautiful!

    Also? I LOVE your new header!

  29. andygirl

    my ovaries just exploded. thanks. thanks.

  30. Beautiful! Your babies and your words. My little guys also have a special way of melting my heart. Congratulations on being BFF!

  31. You made me a mushy mess! Isn't it ironic how we think we'll give them a great life and they give us one?

  32. Emmy

    Love that last picture. So beautifully written. And children truly are a blessing. Congrats again on being Shell's BFF

  33. Wonderful post! Babies are so precious! It's a shame (in a way) we don't get to keep them as babies just a little longer. Time just goes by so fast!!

  34. Oh I love that first picture…it is just too precious. What a lovely family you have! Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog, and I enjoyed your post at Shell's! I'm your newest follower and excited to read more!

  35. Oh. Don't do that without some kind of ovulation warning. So cute.
    How could anyone every know how much every single child will bring to their life. I am glad they were there for ya today!!

  36. Blessings, pure and simple. Breathtaking and beautiful post.

  37. Suniverse thesuniverse.blogspot.com

    It never ceases to amaze me how in-tune kids are with their parents, and how ready they are to be there for you.

    Until they're teenagers, when they are there for you until you embarrass them and they need to be elsewhere. Immediately.

    Good times.

  38. Kir thekircorner.com

    Oooh your babies melt me with every single picture. Gorgeous kiddos.
    Also I feel like you do, for everything I will teach them, they teach me more, every day . They are also my soft place to land. Thank God for them, that is my prayer, every morning.

    As always gorgeous words Nic. Xo

  39. Tonya lettersforlucas.com

    Beautiful children and beautiful words.

    Well done, my friend.

  40. Oh such sweet photos of your beautiful kidlets. And your lovely words string each sweet pic together. Nice. :>

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