I would like to dedicate these delightful baby smiles to my friend Susie who started treatment for a rare form of cancer this week. I feel like I know-but-don’t-know how emotional a journey she and her family face with these developments. Sending many prayers for miraculous healing and sustaining grace in the meantime. I also thought the rest of y’all could use a dose of baby chubs to brighten your day. Little miss has been the easiest and sweetest baby ever…the biggest challenge with her is keeping those rolls sufficiently cleaned out, since they’re practically everywhere.
If you have ever wondered how it feels to be part of a big fun family, I encourage you to ask this little one about it. I think her smile says it all. Perfectly describes how I feel about being in this family. These kids are wonderful. And they also drive me bonkers.
The couch-surfing hooligans below challenged me to a laundry race (which we will tackle tomorrow). They (together) get a load of laundry to fold and put away, and I (by myself) get a load to fold and put away. Whoever gets done first gets to be ‘the bosses for the day’. We had a trial run today (the stakes were different, but the challenge was the same) and it was a dead tie, so I’m a little nervous to see what tomorrow holds. If they end up being the ‘bosses for the day’ I’ll let you know how that goes.
This chica is turning 8 years old in less than a month, and I feel like I’m seeing her transform into beautiful butterfly. She has always been a delight, but I’ve also struggled with her personality at times and have not always appreciated her strengths. She’s looking so grown up, and is starting to act like it too, which is what startles me most. Like its the beginning of the end of my precious time at home with her. Which is silly because we’ve got 10 years to go (by conventional wisdom) but I feel so aware of how the time is whizzing by, as are my opportunities to fill up her childhood with happy memories. I think hard on what I can say and do at every moment to impress on her heart how much she is loved, so that one day when she does go, she’ll always have a soft voice in her heart reminding her. I read once that the way you speak to your children will become their inner voice in the future, and while I don’t know if that idea is solid through and through, it did give me pause and made me really stop to think about my tone of voice, choice of words, and making the most of every interaction. Of course instruction and correction is a big part of my job, but I’m learning that there are ways to do both with tenderness, and oddly enough, the tender way is often the more effective one.
“The poor and needy are seeking water when there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the wild olive; I will set the cypress in the desert, the plane [tree] and the pine [tree] together, That men may see and know and consider and understand together that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41:17-20
46. sticky toddler hands, 47. dinner meal success, 48. laundry races, 49. poetry, 50. a friend’s morning visit, 51. watercolor creation, 52. simplicity, 53. notecards, 54. the ability to freeze moments, 55. worn, loved Bible, 56. sunset shadows, 57. clearing out, 58. homeschool milestones, 59. planning ahead, 60. the heart’s dreams