I hope you'll indulge me, while right in the middle of my Pure Love Giveaway 2 I take a station break for my little girl. She is, after all, the inspiration behind all that I do to raise awareness and funds for orphans on Reece's Rainbow...without the gift of her, my eyes would not be opened to them.
Saturday night the kids were gathered in our family room taking turns encouraging Lily to try taking a few steps in between them. We were clapping and counting steps as she took first two, then three, then four steps in a row. She would get so excited taking steps and then plop to her bottom to cheer wildly for herself. All of the sudden, out of the blue, she stood up- beamed that million watt grin- and promptly took seven steps across the family room floor. To say the crowd went wild was an understatement.
I wish I'd had the video camera ready to capture those seven glorious steps, but I was too "in the moment" to think about it. Strangely enough though, sometimes those memories are the best for me anyway...because they're seared in my memory forever, rather than viewed through the lens of a camera.
And while I don't want to give the false impression that we've never truly and wholeheartedly celebrated milestones here before- nine previous children were just as deserving of a chorus of applause and pride-filled laughter- I don't think we quite knew the heights the heart could go before Lily.
Those little faltering footsteps you'll see in the videos below- those are as precious to me as jewels. You could hand me a million bucks and I bet I wouldn't feel as happy or as proud or as awestruck as the night my baby girl walked across the room. Those moments might be hard fought for and long awaited, but when they come there is nothing like them. Nothing.
Behold. She walks.