She turns 9 today.
Her name is Nola Grace Sabourin.
Nola means ‘champion’ or ‘famous one.’
That day is a blur to me. I won’t even attempt to tell the story of Nola’s birth. I will say though, she was, and is perfect. I remember watching her come out. It is the most the most amazing ‘act’ I have have ever laid eyes on. That day forever changed me. It changed Jamie too. Jamie wasn’t big on having kids when we first started dating. She wasn’t opposed. It just wasn’t something high on her agenda. Since having Nola, Jamie has become one of the most sacrificial, loving, and passionate woman I know. I am very grateful to her, and all the intense work she put in (and still does on a daily basis) to bringing in three incredible kids.
Today, we celebrate Nola!
One quick story…
I remember when we first brought Nola home. We had no idea what we were doing as parents. We still don’t. Nola was a colic baby. At the time, we didn’t really know this. Due to our lack of experience as parents we did whatever we could to help her fall asleep. This went on for nearly three months. We were zombies, and we were about to crack. I remember walking Nola at 3AM in the underground parking garage where we lived for hours just so Jamie could get some sleep. We would take her for car rides just to help her get the red to her little body needed. We called her our ‘little bird.’ She was ours, there was no turning back now. Jamie got educated real fast, and started to put some of the principles she was learning about to the test. They worked! We got Nola on a schedule, and our lives have never been the same!
Back to the real reason for this post. Nola.
Daddy loves you so much. When you were born you will never know the impact your birth, and the birth of your brothers have had on my life. I just ant you to know how proud I am of you! I think you are amazing! I love how you are thoughtful and kind toward others. I think you are artistically gifted! I love how you use your imagination. Don’t ever lose that Nola – your imagination. I really like when you create something and give it to me. You are a very generous young lady! Your mom and I think you are beautiful. Inside and out! You are a gift from God to our family. I love Nola Grace Sabourin. Forever and always!