Monday, January 17, 2011

In Sickness And In Health

When my husband and I got married, we did the traditional vows.  As I've been battling this nasty cold, I've been reminded of the words to love each other through sickness and health (though the best way that we can love each other right now is to sleep in separate rooms to try to keep him well).  In typical fashion, we said those vows when we became a family of two on our wedding day.  But then I started thinking--what about when we became a family of three?  What vows would I share with Ella?

For starters, I vow:

  • to tell you I love you every day.
  • to clean up the spit-up on you before the spit-up on me.
  • to pray for you each night when you go to sleep.
  • to let you play in the dirt and make messes.
  • to give you chores and help you to learn to be responsible.
  • to let you make your own fashion mistakes.
  • to admit when I am wrong.
  • to push you to be your best without pushing you too far.
  • to tell you about your family.
  • to take lots of pictures to capture your childhood.
  • to tell you how beautiful you are even in the awkward years.
  • to punish you when necessary.
  • to listen to your side when we disagree.
  • to be your biggest encourager.
  • to read to you.
  • to bring you camping.
  • to play sports with you in the yard.
  • to teach you how to bake and cook.
  • to save money to help pay for college. 
  • to love your Daddy.
  • to help you discover who you want to be.
  • to lead you to Christ.
  • to live a life that will make you proud to be my daughter.
I know my list will grow as time goes on and she and I learn more and more about each other.  Some will be easy and enjoyable to accomplish; others, not so much.

What vows did you (or will you) make to your child?  I'd love to hear what others have to say.

Today's blessing is that I'm starting to feel a tiny bit better.  The gunk in my chest is definitely starting to loosen up, and though I have to endure some pain in my ribs to cough it up, clear my throat, or blow my nose, it does feel good to get it out of my system.  I pray that Ella and I both continue to heal today so that I can return to work tomorrow.


  1. This is so cute, Laura :) You're a good mommy and I am glad you are feeling better finally!

  2. I loved it, Laura!
    I vow to pray for her (and for you) every day. And I vow to play with her and listen to her and encourage her and to take her to some wonderful places on vacations (starting with Hawaii this summer).

  3. Laura, this is an amazing list. I love it, too.


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