Magical Moments – The Birth of Our First

Christie Dawn Age 21 monthsThere are many magical days in a woman’s life.  There are graduations, falling in love, engagements, and weddings but the most magical of all is the day of the birth of our first child.

Today is the celebration of that day in my life 40 years ago and there isn’t much about the day I don’t remember.  I’ll spare you the details of labour and rushing to the hospital.  They have their own sweetness even in pain but there is no magic on earth that compares with the first gaze into the eyes of a child who by some miracle came through a body into your arms.  The fingers and toes are perfect.  The noises are delightful.  The smells are heavenly.

I think, for most women, that moment of first connections with our child is similar to the moment the Grinch discovered the meaning of Christmas.  Our hearts grow four sizes that day and if it weren’t for our skin they would have popped right out of our chests.  We could never have fathomed such love until that moment.

Two years after the birth of my first I recall discussing with someone that I was afraid I might not be able to love my second child, then on the way, as much as the first.  To my pleasure I discovered a few weeks later that my heart just kept growing in direct proportion to the number of children.  There was an equally sized space for the second and third, though each space was preciously unique.

Now, 40 years later, the feeling has not changed.  The heart has gone through some tough times and there have been harsh words and harsh realities which have challenged and changed us but the love has never changed.  It is a gift from the Divine One which gives us a glimpse of the love S/He has for us.  It is gift without measure and without end.  Christie Dawn now

Note:  I am aware that for many women the birth of a child is a very painful memory when there are difficulties and losses.  It is my prayer that you can find joy even through the trials and that you will always know your love is perfect even if the situation is not.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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