Having Josiah gone all last week at Speech Camp was a vivid reminder for me of how quickly time is passing--as if I needed another reminder about that! I keep thinking, "Three more years. We've got three more years together as a family before Josiah goes off to college and our little family circle stretches wide and gets gaps in it. Lord, help me treasure these next three years so that when that transition comes, I won't have regrets about the way I spent this time!"
I find myself looking from Josiah to Benjamin, remembering when my firstborn was toddling around on unsteady legs, and picturing my lastborn becoming a big strong teenager capable of going out into the world on his own. It all goes so fast.
And so, to slow it down a little, I pulled out my camera today (just the poor-quality one on my cell phone, but at least it takes pictures that can record a memory) and froze some moments in time. Moments like...
...after a family reunion this afternoon, we dropped by and visited my mother. She especially perked up at the sight of Moriah...
...and hugged her and hugged her.
My mother was fairly alert today--more so than she is sometimes--and she even tried to tell me something (although she sadly had to stop after just a few words). Seeing her beautiful smile did my heart good.
After that, we came home, and some of us got to have much-needed naps.
This evening, we gathered with some friends from our church to eat together and pray, and the kids got to enjoy some time to play outside in the beautiful evening air.
One of Benjamin's favorite things to do is play in our minivan.
It won't be too long until Benjamin's biggest brother is driving this thing, for real!
This evening at home, I was watching Benjamin walk around in the yard and remembering how it wasn't so long ago that he scooted, rather than walked--and how it wasn't long ago that he did NOT like being on the grass! Things have changed. ;-)
But what's more, I want to know then that as I experience this now, I am aware of how precious it is...
...and I give thanks for it.