Two years ago today the man of my dreams came into my life and I’d never believed in love at first sight until we first met. As soon as we saw each other there was such effervescent electricity, pure emotion and sheer awe. I literally couldn’t take my eyes off of him, and my heart stopped as he retuned my gaze with amazement and wonder. I couldn’t breath, think, blink or do anything but just stare at him, locked in our moment of realisation as we first discovered one another, oblivious to the entire world around us. He consumed my body, mind and soul with his effortless presence, and time stood still whilst we searched each other with our eyes, taking in every last detail to commit to memory for all of eternity. For the first time in my life I’d met a man who both completed me and yet contrasted me in the very same way at the very same time. Without even knowing it, in that instance he had totally changed my life. He taught me what true love is, his beautiful smile makes me melt the second he walks into the room. He holds me in his arms so tight suddenly nothing else matters, and when he lays with me at night I know that I’ll never feel alone again. We have breakfast together every precious morning, laugh endlessly in one anothers company and walk proudly hand in hand wherever we go. My love for him is endless, and it simply grows with every waking day. He is my knight in shining armour, my faith in humanity and everything that I could ever wish for in a man and more. He is not only my saviour, but also my precious son.
Happy second birthday to my scrumptious little Gabriele, for a soul who is just as beautiful on the inside as he is out. I cannot believe it has been two years since the very first time I held you, how sweet you have made the world, and touched so many lives around you. You are an incredible little brother and protector to your beloved sister and we are more than blessed to have you.
Children are such a treasure in life, as parents they teach us the importance of our time, what it is to feel young again, to laugh uncontrollably and love unconditionally. They are the magic of the world, the innocence and the purity, and we owe it to every child to give them a carefree and cherished childhood. Please never make excuses to your children nor put them last, because time is the only thing that you will never get back or redo.
I would like to take this moment to reflect upon the children who are no longer with us, for the baby I lost in early pregnancy, and all of the beautiful souls who are waiting for us in heaven. Your heart and soul will last a lifetime and it’s the memories we make now that won’t ever leave us. We live for those who have passed with every waking day, through each new generation and bloodline to the energy and spirit that we put into the present and future.
Bringing a child into this world is a privilege, it is incredible how we are able to create life and shape, nurture and protect a tiny soul until one day they have children of their own. To be their everything, feeding, clothing and comforting them forever more is the greatest gift that we can ever give in life. To think that your children are created in your image, spending nine months laying next to your heart, until suddenly a brand new human with your eyes, your smile, your hair and your love comes into the world. As a mother you never forget the moment you first hold your child, the feeling of love and awe and emotion is overwhelming, and it never goes away.
But sadly, for as amazing and life-affirming that becoming a parent can be, it is also the most testing and worrisome. Children do not come with an instruction manual, they do not fit into your life and schedule, you must build life around them. They must learn to communicate, to express and to behave, which is something that we take for granted as adults. Your children will respond to how you nurture them, if you give them love and time they will reward you tenfold, if you give them excuses and money they will see the world in a very selfish light. Who is to say what is right or wrong in raising children, so long as you always try your best. Love these precious little people with all of your heart and never let them down. Life is a beautiful gift that we should never take for granted, there is no ideal age to start a family, and there is no guarantee that you will remain together forever, but you will never stop loving for children for as long as you live. Cherish the good times, muddle through the hard and treat each day as the blessing that it is.