As I looked at my cute baby, Olive, a few days ago I had this overwhelming feeling that she belongs to me. She is my baby. I don't own her, but she belongs to me in a way that I have a hard time bringing to words. She is the most precious thing in my possession. I don't want to let anything bad ever happen to her. I hope to love her so much that I can protect her from any bad thing. Which makes me think of Harry Potter and how his mother, Lily, saved his life from Lord Voldemort and how cool that would be if I could just put a shield of love around her at all times for the rest of her life. A kid tries to throw a rock at her at the playground in a few years, and said rock would just fall to the ground two feet from her face. HA! Nice try! Love shield deflected! If only...
Being a parent is incredible. It's terrifying--but incredible. And my love increases every minute. For her. For Joey. For my Heavenly Father. It has allowed me to feel in the smallest way how our He feels about us. He always loves us, even if that love doesn't manifest in a force field around us to keep us safe from the bad. He puts what is best for us first, even if it makes us upset/mad/sad/frustrated initially. Which, I already have to do with my little one. It might make her upset to have her diaper changed while it's happening, but we all know sitting in a dirty diaper forever will cause her more pain in the long run :)
My sweet Olive is loved by so many already. But most importantly, she is loved by her Father in Heaven. And it gets to be mine and Joey's job to teach her that for the rest of her life. Because it is the most important information she will ever learn, and will help her in every decision and heartache in her life. Closest thing to a Love Shield you can get in this cold, Muggle world (and, really it's even better).
"Who are we? We are children of God. Our potential is unlimited. Our inheritance is sacred." -Elder Russell M. Nelson
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