Thursday Thirteen #14

Thirteen Reasons I Love Ladybug

1. A doctor once told me and her mom that if we wanted to take her off life support and let her go, he would support us in that decision.
2. I never would have gotten the joy of living for 15 days in a Ronald McDonald House without her (sarcasm noted).
3. She is a fighter. Things have never been easy for her and she just keeps fighting. And she is only 2 Β½ years old.
4. She restored my faith in prayer, God and miracles.
5. When she fell out off her crib (trying to climb out!) the other night and gave herself a bloody nose, the only thing that would calm her down was a phone call to Gama.
6. In spite of the fact that I failed to answer the above phone call, she left me a big long voice mail about how she fell out of bed and got an ouchy and that she loved me.
7. Her trials and tribulations have brought my family even closer together than I thought possible, since we were already the tightest-knit family evah.
8. Boy is she lovely. I know, I know, you think I am too close to judge honestly, but I am not and she is lovely.
9. She is so animated. I had three kids, so I know this is an animated age. But really, she is fun. Energetic should have a picture of her next to it in the dictionary.
10. Her first word was Momma. Her second word was Gama. Her third was Dada. I love that, lol.
11. Her smile is to die for. When she smiles it really does light up the room. In fact, the world
12. The extreme joy in simple things she ignites in me. Once again, I know tots show much more joy in simple things, but she really enjoys little things like bubbles and trampolines. Maybe because she sees things differently with her “special” brain, but she seems to find much more joy in life than anyone I know.
13. OH my OH my. I was writing this and didn’t have a 13. I was struggling and took a break. It is now 8:05 at night and the most amazing thing just happened. First, a little back story: The reason we call her Ladybug isn’t just because she needed a super-secret internet name. What happened was this: On day three of our stay at the Ronald McDonald House when things were bleak, I went out onto the patio of our room to have a smoke. I was at a very low spot and Nannygoat came out to find me weeping quietly so as not to be caught. I was trying so hard to be strong for her. We sat there for a moment, next to the freeway with the cars zooming by, the noise annoying and the smell obnoxious. As I sat there trying to hide my tears a lovely ladybug flew up and landed on me knee. I seized upon the distraction, just to avoid showing how I was really feeling and launched into some big, drawn out epiphany to Nannygoat about how God had sent this bug it show us beauty and love and hope and now the baby would always be my Ladybug. Fast forward to this last week. I visited a new blog on my TT travels last week and found some really awesome fall/Halloween TT banners on this site. Much to my surprise, Cindi, whom I have never visited before made me a personal header for my TTs (see above). Now isn’t it the sweetest things EVER that she, a new visitor to my blog, would pick ladybugs as my theme? I so, so loved it I decided I wanted to use it this very week and to keep the theme I would write about Ladybug. So back to the future….I was sitting here struggling to come up with something that sounds good for my 13th reason I love her. Now I can come up with 113, but I wanted something that sounded semi-witty and well written. So the computer is set aside and my youngest daughter, Bear, walks up and squeals…..”Oh Mommy look” and reaches up (at 8pm in the dark, mind you) and grabs a ladybug from the side of the porch. She sets it on my hand and the lovely, little beastie hangs out for 10 minutes before she alights into the night. Perfect, really perfect. I love you God. Thanks for my Ladybug.

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  1. Great post.

    my 13 is up on
    Working at Home Mom

  2. You’re little Ladybug sounds like a wonderful girl. πŸ™‚

  3. Much love to you and lady bug – she inspires.

    Happy TT.

  4. Ladybug will be in my prayers daily!!! If you need something special, please comment on my blog. I’ll ask the ladies at church to keep her in their prayer chain. πŸ™‚

    I’m adding you to my blogroll!!!!

  5. Your post made me cry. My daughter is 2 1/2, so I have a clear vision of your little ladybug and how awesome she must be to be fighting through this, also how tough it must be to witness it. I will keep her in prayers.

  6. Oh that was absolutely lovely! I can’t imagine how terrified you must have been! I hope she is doing well!

  7. The little sweetie. I love ladybugs, too.

  8. Your ladybug misses you!

  9. Very sweet post.

  10. Yeah, your post made me cry too! She sounds like such a precious wee soul. My love and best wishes for you and yours.

  11. Thanks for the inspiring TT about Ladybug. I liked hearing how the name Ladybug came to be.

  12. What a loving and inspiring post. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

  13. What a sweet, little miracle! πŸ™‚

  14. Miracles are wonderful! Great list. πŸ™‚ Happy TT

  15. That’s a very touching story – I’m so glad you disagreed with that doctor! And the header is awesome – aren’t blog buddies the greatest?
    Happy TT13 πŸ˜›

  16. Sue

    What a beautiful post! Thanks so much for sharing it, especially the part about the ladybug at Ronald Mcdonald house … the universe moves in mysterious ways. Happy TT πŸ™‚

  17. Wow… that is inspirational! Thanks for sharing! Ladybug sounds like a terrific kid.

  18. A heart warming post..!! Ladybug sounds like a sweet kid..

  19. Gama, did you mean to make me cry? What an amazing and touching list you’ve written and shared with all of us today!

    I had a ladybug summer myself. It seemed that everywhere I went, everywhere I turned I encountered one of those sweet and wonderful creatures. Today, I got to encounter another one. Thank you.

  20. She is precious and awesome and a lover and a fighter. You are a lucky Gama!

  21. What a lovely post. You certainly are a lucky Gama.

  22. Wow I didn’t know….. that is sweet

  23. So that’s how ladybug got her name, I never knew that. I love the header graphic. Happy TT!

  24. You sure are a proud Gama, aren’t you. It sounds like your little Ladybug is a real blessing. Happy T13!

  25. Ellen

    Absolutely love your TT. What a sweet affirmation from God with your personal ladybugs! God bless you richly…

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