Beth Oliver Parenthood Tuesday Topics

Holiday Tuesday Topics – Best Gift Received

It’s the last week of my Holiday Tuesday Topics! Today’s choice is one best gift of all time.

Believe it or not I had a hard time narrowing in on this one. I have received many great gifts over the years. But then it was pretty clear.

While he wasn’t born on Christmas, Oliver was born near Christmas. And he has been the greatest gift of all.

I remember the Christmas before Ollie was born clearly. It was a good one. We had a nice celebration with each side of our family as normal. But in the quiet moments I’d find myself feeling kind of hollow and empty. Something was missing. I had no idea what it was. But we had been trying for a few months at that point and while I kept thinking I was fine with us not being pregnant I think I wasn’t as fine as I thought I was. But God knew what he was doing and just a few months later we would find out we were expecting Ollie.

They originally told us my due date was December 24th. And I was like, um, I don’t know if I want a Christmas baby. But then they adjusted it after an ultrasound to December 13th. And he was eager to get his first Christmas presents and came ten days early, on December 3rd. That first Christmas was a bit of a haze but I do remember feeling complete and having a full heart. Such a contrast to the previous Christmas.

Each Christmas since then has been so amazing and full of joy. This year especially has been so fun. On Sunday when we were baking cookies and wrapping presents together I stepped back and said to myself, this is the good stuff. This is all I’ve ever wanted right here. I dreamed of these days of sharing these things with my child. It is the greatest gift.

So, the best gift in my life is being Oliver’s mom. It is the gift that keeps on giving, not just at Christmas, but all year long. And I don’t care if that’s a cliche.

Selfie by Ollie 

7 thoughts on “Holiday Tuesday Topics – Best Gift Received

  1. Love this post! I know all too well that hollow and empty feeling at Christmas time. I think that is why most seasons, I fake it until I make it. I feel so many feelings about not being a mom and at Christmas time I’m really not okay with it. My greatest Christmas present – Steve being in remission!!!

  2. So stinking cute. Kids truly are the gift that keep giving. I can’t tell you how many lessons I’ve learned over the years from working with students or playing with my nieces and nephew. They teach us so much! And I’m not even a mama yet. I can only imagine just how special this gift of Ollie was/IS to you.

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