Heart Full of Treasures
by Debra Lynne Looney
Monday, July 26, 2004
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Have you ever tried to imagine what life would be like for you, had you not had children? Maybe you haven’t had children as yet, or maybe you have adopted, to give a child a loving home, or just maybe you are still planning out your life, and have decided to wait to have a bundle of joy of your own. Either way, can you even think of yourself without children in your life, to fill your heart, and your days?
My husband and myself were fortunate to be blessed with 4 wonderful children of our own. We were fortunate to be blessed by God with 3 daughters, and a son. I will not try to lie to you, and tell you that it was always a smooth road, nor will I tell you that there were not some days we just wanted to throw in the towel. Having children can bring so much joy to your life, and at the same time bring you to an emotional roller coaster on some days. I suppose it is due to the independence syndrome of your children kicking in when you, as a parent, are not yet ready to let go. But all in all, we wouldn’t have had it any other way in our walk as husband, and wife.
When I was a young mother, I didn’t yet understand the significance of motherhood. I guess it is safe to say, I wasn’t prepared, or yet emotionally mature enough to become a young mother. Sure I tried being a good mom, but it was very hard for me some days, knowing there was another life depending on me for love, and care. It was a real wake up call, I can tell you that! I am so glad God blessed me, 4 times over, to be able to have children.
When our youngest daughter was born, this was really hard for me. I was 25, and the pregnancy was a bit rough. Doctors could not figure out what the problem could have been. I went into labor on June 22, 1982, and 12 hrs later I had a baby girl, but now the hard part.
I had a rare problem ensue during my pregnancy, and to make a long story short I almost didn’t make it. I have been told by doctors for the past 22 years now, when I tell them my story, that I am very fortunate to have made it through this ordeal,and it is nothing short of a miracle as most do not make it through what I had endured. I contribute my being here to raise my children, to God alone, for hearing my heart felt prayer before I was taken to surgery 6 weeks after I had my youngest daughter.
I know I was given a miracle, I know I was given another chance to show I was a good mother, and I know I owe it all to God, for sparing me in my hour of need. I cannot imagine not being here for my children, and I am so thrilled that God heard my prayer, and allowed me to witness my children grow up. I wrote the following poetry in dedication to my 4 children.
Heart Full of Treasures
I find so many memories
Way back inside my mind
Of when my children were so small
How could I have been so blind?
They were a blessing from above
But I was young back then
I didn’t understand the reasoning behind
Of what a mother should have been
My children always gave me smiles
Whenever they were near
And hugs, they gave me many
My children were so dear
I learned much as I got older
Of how they touched my days
All gave me so much happiness
With their innocent, childish ways
Three daughters, and a son
All blessings that are true
Came to me when they were born
With tenderness, and much love too
Little hands to touch my face
Many hugs when I was down
Their innocence just filled with grace
God knew I needed them around
I thank God many times over
For choosing me to be their mother
For I would have given up long ago
Had they been entrusted to another
So thanks God for the blessings
All these little ones you gave to me
I hope, and pray I honor you
In the way they turn out to be
But if I fail, please pick them up
As high as they can go
Keep them straight, and lead them
In the way that they should go.
Written By: Debra L. Looney
September 20th, 2001
In dedication to Michelle, Brian, Donna, and Trisha our 4 wonderful children.
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