Just a quick follow-up to the last post:
At the time I established the "Confidence in Self - Compassion for Others" mantra for Owen, I thought that I would hold that same prayer for each of our children. As it turns out, Josh came with his own prayer. Yes, I want him to have confidence and compassion, but the mantra prayer that runs through my head when I am nursing him at 4 AM is:
Lead by Example - Lend a Hand
I can't wait to see how that plays out in Josh's life.
(Ironically, I find the alliteration in these mantras to be quite annoying, but try as I might to use other words, these are the phrases that are stuck in my head. So be it.)