Snuggles With My Littles

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“Snuggles with my Little”

My kids will tell you that I am extremely affectionate with those I love.  I have been that way for my whole life.  When my kids were “littles” I loved those special moments when they would crawl up in my lap and snuggle with me; their little heads nestled in my neck, and a warm blanket wrapped around us, keeping us warm.  To this day, when I am around someone holding a baby, I will find myself rocking back and forth…in fact, I am rocking back and forth as I write this, just thinking about holding my children. I miss those times.  Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed watching my children grow into amazing adults.  They are beautiful, kind, funny, witty, talented, amongst other things, and I love being around them. But, what I wouldn’t give to have a few moments with them both as “littles” again.  Their sweet innocence, precious personalities, and overall little lumps of sweetness that I could snuggle.  I am truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be their mama.  I cannot express how much I love them each.

“Snuggles With My Littles” was painted to capture those precious moments with my babies (yes, they are still, and always will be my babies).  While my babies are grown, I now get to snuggle with my grand babies.  You can’t imagine that you can love anyone like you love your children…and then grand babies come along.  They are amazing…and even look a lot like my kiddos, so it’s a lot like snuggling with my babies all over again.  Yes, I am truly blessed.

 

Great Expectations

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Great Expectations

It’s been nearly 29 years since I experienced my first pregnancy. I knew very early on in my childhood that I wanted to be a mom. I was only 19-years-old when I was first married and was pregnant less than a year later. I can still remember the first “flutters” in my belly, proof that there really was a little being growing inside. It was the most amazing feeling and I couldn’t wait to meet my “little”. Unfortunately, our meeting came three months too soon. I was only six months pregnant when I went into labor.  My little’s lungs weren’t fully developed and she survived for less than six hours. It was painful and beautiful at the same time. While we were devastated, we felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend those precious hours with our baby girl. A future blog post will be solely dedicated to my baby girl Sierra RayLeen.  “Great Expectations” was created to celebrate the beautiful experience of becoming a mother; certainly the most amazing experience of my life.

Only “Littles” for a Little While

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This is a picture I painted that brought me back to when my kids were still little (all now in their 20s).  It’s titled “Morning’s Lullaby”, referring to the many early mornings I fed and rocked my children back to sleep.  It was an amazing time.  It’s fun to watch them grow into adults (most of the time…I’m not going to lie, the teenage years were not kind a few times).  Everyone tells you that it happens “in a blink of an eye”; however you truly don’t realize it until your kids are grown.  Right before your eyes, they go from a helpless infant in your arms, snuggling into your neck, into a grown-up with children of their own.  My kids are adults, and grandchildren have helped ease the melancholy moments, but my children will always be my babies.