Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My Valentines

Last night, I went out to dinner with three of my fellow triplet mom's and as we sat savoring fancy desserts, I made the comment that three years ago - only one of us at that table had a child. Three years ago, we didn't know that within a few months, we would be giving birth to triplets. It was quite mind boggling that the four of us have 13.5 children, 12.5 of which are under the age of 3. None of us knew how different our lives would be in three short years.

Life can be full of surprises that way.

Today, I was looking back on old photographs at a young couple newly in love - and thinking they have no idea what the future holds in store...

I was thinking about how fast babies grow from this ...

... to this ...

... to this ...

... to this.

What is more mind boggling than how quickly life can change - is that I love my husband and children more today than I did yesterday.

Three years ago, I never imagined I'd have room in my heart for more than one valentine. Today, yet once again I am reminded that as much as I would like to be in control, I am not. And that's a good thing - because I never could have conjured up such amazing life experiences.

There is a much greater plan and force in action. As for now, I've completely given up on my Magic 8-Ball since it keeps giving me the result: "Better Not Tell You Now". It's important - albeit difficult at times - to have faith that all things will work out.

But something tells me the best is still, yet to come.


  1. Wow...your journey is inspiring. I'm a new mom of triplets (9 months old) - 2 girls and a boy. We live in Texas. I'd love to connect. My email is Susanne

  2. Happy Valentine's Day Charlie, Jen, William, Elizabeth, Carolyn, and Baby Boy-yet-to-be-named!

    They do grow so fast, don't they?

  3. Jenna-
    You always know how to make me cry! Great post!

  4. You made me cry, too.
    Happy Valentines Day.
    Linda (Chicago)

  5. How beautiful. You truly are blessed and it sounds like you fully appreciate what you have. Happy Valentine's Day! Or as my daughter has been saying all day - HVD!

  6. Dad and kathleen2/15/07, 10:42 AM

    Dear Jen:
    We loved our Valentine from the children. The greatest gift we can give to all of you is ourselves. So.......when we come over Feb. 28th you must have a date night with Charlie....or 2 date nights. Go up to LA or? Dinner/movie/motel? We know how much you miss the children when you are away from them, so you can cell phone them and we will video our grandparent adventures with them.
    It is such a gift to them, yourselves and us to have "special alone" time with them. We have had 16 days as of today with a 4 year old grandson. Mr. active!~
    So please plan something special for yourselves and we will see you soon. Sending this on the blog so that you will have plenty of people encouraging you to take some time for just the 2 of you.....devious I know, yet we parents do what we have to do.
    Dad and Grandma Kathleen

  7. So sweet and SO true!

    Awesome pics.......

  8. YEAH! COME UP TO LA - we'll get a babysitter, too!

  9. Such a precious post....Those truly are some amazing babies. (And a pretty awesome mom and dad!) - I like the Magic 8 ball analogy. :)

  10. Love, love, LOVE the photo journal! It's so much fun to stroll down memory lane through pictures!