Guest Post: Jaa'Lisa from Bundle of Banks

Jaa'Lisa is one of my best friends from high school. We cheered together for two years and share lots of fun, albeit dramatic, memories. She is a fantastic Mommy and someone I definitely look to for Mommy advice, and I know without a doubt that you can learn something from her too. Be sure to check out her blog after reading this post...her three boys are BEYOND adorable. 

Hi, I'm Jaa'Lisa, and I am guest blogging for Carly. I blog at Bundle of Banks. It's a blog about everything. I have 3 little boys, and I'm married to a police officer. Total recipe for chaos! Well, first I want to tell Carly congratulations! It's so weird that we are so "big" now. I can't believe that 7 years ago, we were standing on the sidelines of a football field, doing that crazy dance that all cheerleaders must do, with their "spirit fingers" Oh goodness, were we silly.

 (Psst..Carly breaking in here. That's me in the middle of the top row, to the left of the guy. Yikes.)

Now, here we are, married, and mothers. My, how times have changed. Granted we may be just as silly, and we use our spirit fingers to tickle our precious little babies, life has a whole new meaning.

We are mothers.

In the spirit of motherhood, I wanted to share my favorite mommy moment.

When I was pregnant with my oldest child, my aunt said something to me that I will never forget..she said..."Being a mother is choosing to live with your heart beating outside of your body."

I never understood that until the moment that my doctor pulled a waxy, pale, screaming, tiny little human out of me. I remember him saying, here's your baby! And then it clicked! Here's MY baby... my baby. Mine.

It was then that I found a closeness to my Lord and Savior that I had never known before. Right then, as my husband placed him in my arms, this little being, with ten tiny fingers, and ten tiny toes, that I realized the love that Christ had for me.

All my life I had recited John 3:16. It's the verse that everyone knows. 

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

God gave his ONE and ONLY son. For me. For ME? I looked at this perfect little being laying on my chest, breathed in his new baby smell, listened to his heartbeat in unison with mine, and felt the warmth of the blood running through his veins. I wanted this little boy. He was mine, he belonged to me. I couldn't imagine EVER giving him up. For anyone. He was my heart.

For God to give up his son for me, for you, for everyone in this world, just made my heart ache. It ached with unimaginable joy. I had a joy that could never be taken from me. I now knew just HOW much my God loved me. How much he cared for me. I knew, I believed, that he would never leave me.

My heart ached for this new life. That God trusted me enough to give me this perfect child of his. I was in awe. I have never, and will never be the same. April 21, 2008, was the day that I became a mommy, and the day I became one with my God.

That was my favorite mommy moment.