The Coming of Spring by Kristen Fescoe – 2nd Place in A Beautiful Moment Contest

Over the past couple of days it has been in the 60’s in New Jersey. It has been heavenly. It feels a little like waking up from the best sleep you ever had feeling rested and ready to take on the world. It is cleansing. The girls and I have done very little except be outside breathing in as much fresh air as our winter weary lungs can take. Yesterday we spent three hours outside and then went back out after dinner in the pitch black to rides bikes under the streetlights.  
The wonderful thing is that the girls have joined this lovely little “gang” of preschoolers. At one point there were 10 children under the age of 6, four content Mommas keeping a casual eye, 18 bikes and scooters and 5 misc. toys (little lawn mowers, teeter totter, etc.) littering our court. No cars came or went. No kids fell or cried or whined. Snacks were supplied from our garage likes fishes and wine. Cookies were had by all. Children ran and laughed and rode and played. It was magic. Pure freaking magic. 
After LONG months of being inside or sneaking outside after almost an hour of suiting up for snow WE WERE OUTSIDE! In the warmth.In the sun.In the FRESH AIR! PLAYING! I wanted to close my eyes and lay down in the middle of my driveway and soak up the happy sounds of children running and playing and eating cookies when they should be inside eating dinner. Instead their sun-starved Moms ignored dinner hour and focused instead on feeding our children’s spirits.  
Slowly the neighbors went inside, left for dinner or drifted away with crying children. Only a few were left. It was dark. We were hungry. Knowing that tomorrow would bring in an unwanted cold snap was enough to keep us outside until the very last bittersweet moment of warm was to be had. We talked and laughed and quietly dreamed of the warmer months ahead. The picnics in the lawn that are in our future. The late night sprinkler runs. Catching the lightning bugs. Glasses of wine for the grown ups and Popsicles for the kids. 
Spring is coming. I am ready for it. Bring on the sidewalk chalk. Bring on the bubbles. Bring on the sprinklers. Bring on the long walks after dinner. I AM READY! I am so ready…

Over 5 years we have struggled through 3 IUI’s, 4 rounds of IVF, several RE’s, hundreds of appointments and the loss of two little angels. Now we find ourselves the proud parents of two (semi)perfect little girls! Both of our girls struggle with some disabilities but that won’t keep us down. Each day has it’s own brand of insanity but we love it. Most days I am more monkey wrangler than mother but I do the best I can. Today’s goal – getting to tomorrow.”

I’ve always had admiration for women who could handle twins, but to be able to handle twins with disabilities requires a greater word that doesn’t exist. My co-author has a son with disabilities and I had often times wondered, “How can she do it?” I tried to imagine what it would be like, how do you cope in the every day? Kristen’s blog CocoandGigi details the life of her and her daughters. I think the most adorable post I’ve seen so far was the semi-memorial to Grace’s pacifier. =) With an absolutely captivating life, stories, photos and even videos… Kristen opens her heart to anyone who just happens to stop. I was honored to give her 2nd place in our Beautiful Moment Writing contest for a story that brings you all the essence of one beautiful day and the hope that spring will finally get here. I honestly suggest adding Kristen as a Friend through CocoandGigi they’ll truly melt your heart.


  1. You are too sweet. 😀

  2. I LOVE this I just LOVE everything about it 🙂 I FEEL the same way when it comes to celebrating the upcoming warm weather with my children! We talk and get SO excited about how we will spend our lovely day outside. We always TRY to make it a Robbie Friendly DAY too if he can handle being outside *and if it’s one thing he LOVES* it’s being outside and enjoying the great outdoors, something he gets so little of depending on the weather and/or if we have been hospitalized for one condition or another! I deeply enjoy and cherrish ALL of those moments that you have sopken about. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
    with love,

  3. She’s one of my good friends, and I love this post!! She nailed it. =)

  4. I felt like I was there! What a great read 🙂

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