When you become a parent, your whole life changes instantly. Suddenly, all you can do is think about the safety and well-being of your baby. You find yourself thinking 10 steps ahead of every move you make and staring long and hard at product labels you never thought to examine before, all so you can ensure that your baby's getting the best possible start in life. You also start getting way, way more sensitive to the suffering of other living things, because suddenly you can imagine how horrified you'd be if that was your child suffering in that way.
Dayna and Matt are two high school sweethearts from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In October of 2015, they welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Luella, into the world. Naturally, they got right into the thick of being parents, including the exhaustion that can go with it. Not long ago, Dayna posted a photo her husband had taken of her to Facebook, sharing with it a story of how that picture came to be. She had no idea at the time, but her post was going to go massively viral in a matter of days.
It wasn't just the photo of Dayna in the crib with her daughter, trying to comfort her, that touched so many hearts. Dayna also shared a heartbreaking story she had heard from a missionary who had worked in Uganda. This story touched her to the core and inspired her to be the best mom she could be, and that's what makes this moment so powerful. Here's what Dayna wrote in her post:
"This was from several weeks back, yes, I climbed in the crib in hopes to soothe my screaming, teething, blushed faced, and tear soaked little girl."
"My husband came home to this, and I am re-posting because this captures the essence of my heart, and my 'why...' There I was in the heat of this exhausting, beautiful thing we call parenthood, and I remembered a promise I made to her."
"One of the first times Matt and I left Luella, was to a worship concert. At that conference, a missionary shared his story, and it shook me to the core."
"A moment that would forever be burned in my fragile, hormone raging, new mommy heart that had already become 100xs more fragile after meeting her."
"That missionary was in an orphanage in Uganda, and he has been in many before, but this one was different. He walked into a nursery with over 100 filled cribs with babies. He listened in amazement and wonder as the only sound he could hear was silence. A sound that is beyond rare in ANY nursery, let alone a nursery where over 100 new babies laid. He turned to his host and asked her why the nursery was silent. Then, her response to him is something I will never, ever forget. EVER."
"This was my 'why' moment."
"She looked at him and said, 'After about a week of them being here, and crying out for countless hours, they eventually stop when they realize no one is coming for them ...'"
"...They stop crying when they realize no one is coming for them. Not in 10 minutes, not in 4 hours, and maybe, perhaps, not ever ..."
"I broke. I literally could have picked up pieces of my heart scattered about the auditorium floor. But instead, it stirred in me a longing, a hunger ... A promise in my spirit."
"We came home, and that night as Luella rested her tiny little 10lb body against mine and we rocked, I made a promise to her. A promise that I would always come to her."
"At 2:00am when pitiful desperate squeals come through a baby monitor, I will come to her."
"Her first hurt, her first heartbreak, we will come to her. We will be there to hold her, to let her feel, to make decisions on her own, and we will be there. We will show her through our tears and frustrations at times, that it is okay to cry, and it's ok to feel."
"That we will always be a safe place, and we will always come to her."
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