It's World (Breast) Milk Sharing Week again. In honor, I'm reposting my experience with milk sharing, a post that was picked up by The World Milk Sharing Organization's ebook available at:
Like giving blood, sharing breast milk is a beautiful, communal practice - a coming together to give infants their best start. If you're interested in giving or obtaining shared milk, your local Eats on Feets Facebook page is a good resource.
Okay, I just kind of got lucky with this. I think it looks like an early 90's inspirational poster. I need a kitschy saying for the bottom to complete the look. Actually, I think the poor butterfly was sickly or really, really tired because I've never seen a butterfly stay put for as long as this one did. I had time to fish my scratched-up old camera out of my purse, turn it on, focus, and take a couple of pictures before it even flapped a wing. Hmm, maybe something like this:
Cherish your gifts and take joy in them.
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."
I spent years hoping and dreaming of a daughter. In my younger years (sheesh, how old am I now if I start saying that?), she was more of an expectation for the future. In my later/sicker years, she was a painful yearning that seemed unlikely. But God brought her to me. Today, I can look down at a circle of toddling, pink-tutu-ed beauties and be filled with gratitude that I am in that place, there with her, whom I cherish.
(And later, at that terrible hour before dinner when everyone is tired and cranky, and my children seem to be incapable of refraining from bickering, I will remind myself to cherish.)
“The soul is healed by being with children.”
-- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I didn't have to search far in looking for the lovely this morning; this one comes to you from my front doorstep. My 6 year old son left Iron Man in the entry window. He's keeping an eye on things for us.
Happy September all. May you feel blessed by your safety today.