Before You…

I never pulled over just to watch the train go by.
I never listened to a song fifty times in a row.
I never sang a song fifty times in a row, just to make someone smile.
I never planned on touching another person’s boogers.
I never knew my kiss was magical and could heal owies.
I never knew coloring could be so fun.
I never thought I would tell someone not to color on their cheese.
I never tore my house apart looking for a stuffed animal.
I never thought I would have a perfectly serious conversation about poop.
I never had anyone clap for me after I went to the bathroom.
I never knew I was so funny.

I never found rocks in my dryer, or in my purse.
I never knew watching Cinderella over and over and over…would not be so bad.
I never knew I was such a worrier.
I never considered buying medical equipment I do not know how to operate to check blood
oxygen, heart rate, or look in someone’s ears.

I never thought I would love watching someone sleep.
I never looked in the rearview mirror so much, just to see a little face.
I never thought I could love a little person so very much.
I never knew what it was like to have my heart walk around outside of my body.
I never knew what I was capable of.
Before you…


  1. Leslie on October 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Tears. So true! I love how God does that! Being a momma is such a

  2. Bev on October 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Oh my… and I never knew that reading someone else's blog could bring tears to my eyes because I feel exactly the same way! So much to be thankful for with out little blessings!

  3. Terry on October 2, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Aww, that's so true! I too, had to dry my eyes. Very well spoken. I love being a Mom, and would never change a thing. 🙂

  4. Musings from Kim K. on October 3, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Such a beautiful post, Joanna. So many blessings. I love reliving that magic all over again with our adoption. 8 years between children forces you to forget all those little things. It's such a blessing to experience it with fresh eyes.

  5. Karrie on October 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm


  6. Nancy @ Ordinary Miracles & The Crazy 10 on October 14, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Can I steal this idea??? So so wonderful! Love it!

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