"I'm obsessed with him!" Miranda said over my shoulder as we all ooo-ed and ahhh-ed over little Ryland. How could she not be?? Those bright blue eyes and head full of blonde hair were definitely the things that dreams are made of. Not only was this baby adorable, he was strong-willed, determined, knows what he wants, and stops at nothing to get it. In this case, it was rocks and dirt. Boys, amiright?
But what stood out to me was how calm Miranda was while she tried to work with her little guy. She and her husband, Rob, laughed so much. They were so happy to be a little family of three and you could tell that was what mattered most to them. So much so, that they moved from Provo to Murray to dissolve Miranda's commute so she wouldn't have to spend as much time away from their son. Rob teaches English to kids in China super early in the morning and late at night so he can be a dad to Ryland. This family sacrifices so they can give their son the best life they can.
When I asked Miranda what surprised her most about becoming a mom, she said, "How much we love each other. I couldn't have predicted just how much we would." That definitely showed. Miranda & Rob, thank you for letting me spend the evening with you and your little powerhouse. Ryland is so blessed to have parents who not just love him for who he will become, but cherish who he is now. Thank you!