Rewind: complete

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Rewind: complete

This is the first photograph of my complete family. Taken in hospital when the wee girl was only a few hours old.

At the time, I didn’t realise. Didn’t know that we were complete.

I still had thoughts of maybe, possibly, perhaps. Another.

But, for many reasons, I came to understand that we were complete.

And then to feel that we were complete.

It was a pivotal moment, that realisation that my family was complete. That there was no need for more, that we were everything that we needed and wanted to be.

It took time to come to that realisation, in my heart. My head knew, but the heart is trickier. More difficult to persuade, to reason with.

Health, and safety. Energy, and strength. Age, and time.

All good reasons.

And, I could not wish for more. I could not be happier. We are complete.

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31 thoughts on “Rewind: complete”

  1. This is such a beautiful piece, Sara. There’s nothing like that feeling of absolute completion–of satisfaction in knowing that this is it–this is your family. There’s something so empowering about that fact, and its one of the reasons why I’m the happiest now that I have my own family. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. It is a wonderful thing to look around and think, I don’t need anything else, I have everything I need x

  2. That is a beautiful picture of your complete family. I know exactly what you mean about your head says ok but your heart, well. It’s funny how things turn out. In this picture your eldest son looks so like his dad and your youngest like you, who does wee girl look like? X

    1. My oldest is an absolute mini-me of his dad, even more so now! The wee girl is a real mix of her brothers, but like the 6yo, she looks more like me. I think! They all have the same nose though, and that’s my husbands!

  3. Penny Pincher (Dawn)

    This is a really thoughtful piece and I’ve always preferred black and white photographs xx #MyCapturedMoment

  4. I couldn’t make that decision before having my third (the doc had offered to tie my tubes!) but not long afterwards, I knew that we were complete. There’s just this sense, I think. I can’t really explain it. Lovely family pic. x

  5. This is such a beautifully written post and a gorgeous photo. Sometimes life tells us enough is enough before we have come to terms with it. It is hard for our heart to catch up with that realisation. But when you do there is peace and a great sense of completion. Hugs Mrs H xxxx #MyCapturedMoment

  6. Oh Sara this is so beautiful. I love the photo. Your words are just precious. I feel we are up and down about being complete. Financially and living abroad we should be complete but I have the burning in my gut still and I can’t say yes to it just yet. It must be a great feeling though to know in and out your family is complete. Thats amazing. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With me. #sharewithme

  7. Such a beautiful photo. You have a gorgeous family and such lovely words. I always used to wonder about how do you know when you’ve had all the children you want and I suppose when that time comes, I will just know.

    Rebecca x x

  8. Izzie Anderton

    Love the photo of your newly-completed family. Everyone looks so happy with the latest addition and how lovely to know that you were ‘complete’ after the arrival of your daughter.

  9. Lovely piece.
    Your head and your heart aren’t always in sync, but when they do finally agree there is a lovely sense of completion – as you’ve written about.
    Yes, I agree with you initially it was hard, but when you get that dawning realisation everything seems good with the world!

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