Summer Pics and Praises

Every week, it’s simple.  When I sit down to write on Mondays, I ask myself one question, “What is God teaching me this week?”  There is always something.  Always some aspect of life that God is shining a spotlight on for me going, “Focus in on this.  Just this, for right now.”  Some weeks I have a lot to talk about, others not so much.  But always there is a story to tell.  That is what I think life is…our story.

This weekend my 5 year old son David came painstakingly close to being hit by a truck.  He jetted out into the road and, thankfully, listened immediately when his Daddy yelled “stop!”  Everyone came back from the walk a little shaken up and you see, I hadn’t been there,  This is the story as it was told by his father and sister.  I had stayed back to nurse Samuel and I could hardly stand the realization that all of it was completely

Out

of

my

control.

I couldn’t do anything about it.  David has been on a thousand walks, on a thousand roads, with a thousand trucks driving by and this one time he was distracted away from the “Never, under any circumstances, ever, EVER jump out into a road without looking both ways” rule and he just…went.  And it was too close.  Way too close.

It all seemed entirely too ironic to me after my post last week on having the courage NOT to ask.  It was like God was showing me, that sometimes I don’t need to ask…God will just be there when I need it.

So all yesterday and all today I could do nothing but praise.  No words uttered other than “Thank you!  Thank you for being there when I was not.  Thank you for always being there and for being way better at taking care of my children than I ever could be!”  On my hands and knees, thanking God that today…at least for today…I can kiss and hug and tuck in my four kiddos.

And so I sit and soak it up.  Truth is, I have no idea when my, when their, when our last minute will be.  But in this moment I do have, may I do all I can to make it a good one.

And so here is to the soaking up days of summer…May you be abundantly blessed as you too seek to soak up, whatever joy may be found in each moment.

Samuel was praising God with me.  I swear this child always
Samuel was praising God with me. I swear this child always  has”praising hands.” When his brother Aaron was a baby, I took a million pictures of him in “praying hands” he always looked like he was praying. God endless creativity in creating children never ceases to amaze.
These are their
These are their “happy faces of summer.” Though we are busy and tired most days, I still can’t help but remember that someday oh too soon I will be saying, “Where did the time go?” I always ask them to stop growing…they promised me they will try.
Moments after falling IN to the water in the background AFTER Mommy kept on incessantly saying
Moments after falling IN to the water in the background AFTER Mommy kept on incessantly saying “Stay away from those slippery rocks please!” It was one of those weekends. But not too much cause for concern, the water was ankle deep.
For serious, my kiddos make some messes.  And I took this pic AFTER their contribution to the cleaning up process.  But I always try so hard to not squelch their creative play and time playing together as sister and brothers.  They come up with some amazing games and worlds, and though they epically messy...it just all kind of seems worth it.
For serious, my kiddos make some messes. And I took this pic AFTER their contribution to the cleaning up process. But I always try so hard to not squelch their creative play and time playing together as sister and brothers. They come up with some amazing games and worlds, and though they are epically messy…it just all kind of seems worth it.
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So in honor of my Dad’s birthday today I will share one his “Dad” quotes that I have heard over and over again through the years. “It goes by so fast. Don’t miss it! Before you know it they will all be out of the house, getting married, and having 5 children.” And for your birthday Dad I bestow upon you the gift I know you want most…Dad…I get it now…and You’re very Right.  Happy Birthday Dad.  You’re welcome.

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