>In a discussion at work today with a couple of friends, one of which is 6 months pregnant with twins, the subject of a “push present” came up. Now, if you know me, then you know that extravagant gifts are not a part of my everyday reality, but in 2006 when there were no daycare and diaper bills, I was pleasantly surprised to receive diamond stud earrings on the day my first daughter was born. They are beautiful and simple. Princess cut just like my engagement ring, and I wear them every day, only taking them out for cleanings. Leila happened to be born 2 days before my 2 year anniversary so whether I was given a “push present” or an anniversary gift is debatable, it was a bit of a two-for-one.
Fast forward 3 years and life is a lot different in our little family. One thing is the same though, I was having a baby. The idea of a push present didn’t even enter my mind, I had bigger things to worry about, like busting out of the hospital, getting home to Leila and cuddling up with my new baby in my own bed!
When Cory and I pulled up to the house with our new little baby on board I opened the door knowing that my parents and sisters were there to greet us, but I was also greeted with one of my favorite smells…fresh brownies…yum. Two important dessert eating facts about Tricia: 1. I love brownies. 2. The chewy edge pieces are my favorites. Thus introducing my “push present”:
"We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are always there for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.
-- Jeff Warner
"What I want to say to you is that sometimes life catches you by surprise and you feel unequipped to handle what it brings you, but every bit of life you've lived before that moment equips you to live through it. That's what I would give to you."
-Fanni Victoria Green-Lemons (talking to her daughter)
If there is any secret to this life I live, this is it: the sound of what cannot be seen sings within everything that can, there is nothing more to it than that.
"The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."