Wednesday, April 23, 2008

So lovable

Mary Selwyn is the most lovable child. I anticipated before I was even pregnant that I would love my child with a love that I had never experienced before or could even comprehend. I'm still amazed how much more I love her every time I look at her. She just flashes that smile or sneaky look and Shay and I both know we are in trouble. What I did not anticipate is how much others would love my child. I'm not talking about grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family. Obviously I expected them to love her. I'm talking about just friends, close and not so close.

I have been so overwhelmed to see how much people adore Mary Selwyn. Our friends from church absolutely eat her up. Our friends Jeremy and Lindsey have even offered to adopt her. Brad and Maile would be willing to take her on too if she ever learned to sleep. I realize that is not a serious offer but I appreciate them thinking that highly of her. We have come to depend on Mitzi and Lori to scoop her up for any long period of time and they are the best babysitters.

What really made me think about all this was the church picnic on Sunday. As soon as we got there someone grabbed her from us and we didn't touch her again until we were leaving. She was passed around amongst the whole church family and she sat on various laps the whole time. Oh and she definitely ate something off of every plate at the picnic. I'm pretty sure she was stuffed and Shay and I got to eat in peace. That has happened very few times in the last 10 months. It was so fun to watch other people enjoy our baby as much as we do.

I know I have said this before but God has truly blessed us with the most wonderful friends here in Dothan. This was just another reminder. They are so good to us and so good to Mary Selwyn. I don't know why I am so surprised by the love they have for her. I mean I love my friends children like they are my own too and would do anything in the world for them. I guess I just didn't anticipate how the way they love her would make me feel. My heart just swells to know they care for her so much. As you can tell, I can't even put it into words really. I'm extremely thankful for the blessing of our friends. I know they do not limit their love and adoration to just Mary Selwyn but they sure know how to make us feel special!

I'm not sure that any of what I just wrote made much sense but here are pictures from the picnic with Aunt Maile and Uncle Brad and some of Mary Selwyn and Brayden Hardy. Brayden and Mary Selwyn are becoming great friends! I wish I had taken more pictures.


Mitzi said...

She is a joy!!!! Mark and I will try not to introduce her to any more new foods without your permission. He gave her the pound cake!

Lindsey said...

I am loving that everybody fed her at the picnic and now I'm sad we didn't go. :( The pictures are too cute! And yes we still want to adopt her. But maybe we'll just do what we can and babysit sometime so you and Shay can go out on a date. ;)
And I love the new layout!

Carrie said...

She is a beautiful child and she has wonderful, amazing parents so OF COURSE people will love her!

I'm glad that yall feel so at home in Dothan. I read this week in my Bible that God sends us people when he knows we are ready to love more. What a blessing it is to know that God thinks you deserve so much love!

Elizabeth & Robert said...

Denise - Hey friend! I am so glad that you found my blog and I love yours! I put a link on my blog to yours so we can do a better job of keeping up. Mary Selwyn is precious and Robert is still talking about how adorable she was this fall at the Auburn football game! I hope we can see you the next time we are in Dothan visiting Robert's parents. Take care and keep in touch! Love you, Elizabeth

Ann-Marie said...

You have a precious child. What's not to love? We need to get together so I can see more of your precious child....and you!!!!!!!!!!