...XX chromosome. As a momma to three girls, I can tell you we know all about the double X chromosome. It's a fabulous one, a dramatic one, and the one that has gripped my heart each and every time my newborn daughter has been placed in my arms.
Not only is Addie surrounded by sisters who love her, grandmas, aunts and cousins who love her, she is also fortunate to receive some serious love from other amazing women.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, just before I start teaching class, I drop a piece of my heart off with DeAnna and Lily. These two women love Addie.
And Addie loves them. I had DeAnna (on the right) in my speech class last year, and just when I was about to start emailing around campus to find a babysitter for this semester, DeAnna emailed me. Could she watch Addie? And could her roommate also help watch Addie?
Yes, and yes again. DeAnna was an answer to prayer.
Even this weekend, when I went to a one-day woman's conference at school, DeAnna was right there to watch Addie when I needed her.
It brings me much joy to have DeAnna and Lily in Addie's life. I love it that Addie gets to spend a couple hours in dorm surrounded by women who smile and laugh at her.
And my other XX chromosome powerhouse?
My friend Megan. Every one needs a Megan in their life. Someone to go to lunch with, someone who will hold your baby so you can finish eating dinner, someone to go to Hawaii with. What would I do without Megan? I don't know. I don't want to find out.
That my girls will grow up being surrounded and loved by amazing women is a powerful thing. They have some incredible men in their life too--which is also important. But when it comes to strong role models--caring and creative and dynamic women--they'll have some they can look to. And even though Addie won't remember these days she spends in Balyo Hall, or the many lunches out with Megan, I know without a doubt the love she's getting from a rockstar community of women is making a difference.
It most certainly makes a difference to me.
How about you? Any amazing double x chromosomes you're thankful for today?