Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Cup Runneth Over

A couple of weeks ago I was at the zoo, standing next to Molly, waiting for the Carousel to begin. She looked up at me with excited eyes and a huge smile. All that I could think at that moment was: My cup runneth over. Truly, it is overflowing.
In this world where so much is wrong and so many people are suffering, I have everything that I ever wanted. Everything that I could ever need. I am so blessed with the gifts that I have been given.
I have the child that I dreamed about; the one I prayed for. The one that makes me believe that I have a purpose on this Earth that is much greater than myself. Her love is unconditional and unending. (As she says, “Mommy, I love you even when I am mad at you.”)

I also have the man of my dreams. He is loving, thoughtful, and giving. We share the same values. We want the same things out of life. I know that I have a partner for life and that alone fills me with joy and peace.

Pretty profound thoughts for a merry-go-round ride, I know. But I swear that was the feeling that washed over me.
So for Thanksgiving this year,
I am thankful for my little family...
the cup that runneths over.

Now that’s a lot of runnething, to be sure.
But on top of everything, I got this from Molly:

Wow! Overwhelming. There are no words to describe the feeling that washed over me with this.
Here’s the backstory: Last Tuesday I watched as kids filed out of Molly’s preschool classroom . Each one eagerly gave their mother a handprint turkey and a “Happy Thanksgiving, Mom!”
I caught a few of the captions from their posters. These are actual captions. I swear.
I am thankful for the Wiggles.
I am thankful for monster trucks.
I am thankful for turkeys.
When my daughter’s name was called, I received:
I am thankful that my mommy got me as a baby in China!
One of Molly’s teachers told me that she, the other teacher, and the director were all in the classroom when Molly said what she wanted written on her poster. Apparently they all got choked up.
Umm, well I can go one better than that. I was reduced to a great big pile of mush right there in the middle of the preschool hallway!
I would have been happy with: I am thankful for the Wiggles. I am thankful for monster trucks. I am thankful for turkeys. Or even I am thankful for princesses, which I assumed her response would be.
But instead I got I am thankful that my mommy got me as a baby in China!
My heart is joyful.
And for the record…I too, am thankful that I got Molly as a baby in China!


Scott W said...

Teri, that is the most precious paper I have ever read! Wow, makes me cry just thinking about the day, "a long one from now" that we will FINALLY hold our daughter in our arms. Thanks for sharing that.


Stacy said...

Big tears. I love that girl. What a bleassing she is!! Miss seeing you...Mia is missing "my friend Molly". Happy Thanksgiving!

Stacy said...

oops. need spell check..I meant blessing..but I'm sure you know that!!

Kim said...

Oh very sweet. It is truly the simple, basic things that provide us with the most joy in life. What a blessing that little Molly is.....