Stephen caught Margot joining me for my quiet time one morning a few weeks back.
She had shared some of my yogurt and granola and then run back inside to get her own little devotional (a Golden Book "Prayers for Children" that someone gave us as a baby gift"). She read me each page.
It was so chilly that morning and the air was full of song birds calling to one another - hidden in our tangle of trees and English ivy.
Soon Ada joined us and sweet little girl prayers turned to full on bird watching.
This blog was started as a way to share daily life with loved ones. When I look back I see carefully recorded moments in my life as a mother of infant twins. Then Frankie arrived and things tapered drastically. I have spent a lot of time being in the moment in the last few weeks. That means fewer pictures taken and no updates here. What does it mean to spend every moment doing something with a member of your family.. or doing something to take care of your family ..or yourself? It leaves little time for anything else. This happens to be one of the things that I need to do to take care of myself. It takes time and for that reason alone I have tried to avoid it to see if it was truly necessary to my life. I find myself feeling backed up and unable to remember all the beautiful instants in my days because my mind fills and spills and there is nothing there to catch the runoff. So I find this place a necessity. As such I am going to attempt to treat it with the same reverence I hold for my thrice weekly trips to the Y to swim the laps that are a necessary lifeblood for this weary mind. I need a place to spill and some spills are neat and others are messy. Today it's a neat spill of a treasured moment. The moment itself was treasured but then there's the fact that Stephen saw it and wanted to capture it. There is nothing like your husband wanting to record something you are doing. To capture your image in the same moment your heart is storing away treasures for later years. I just said moment about 38 times.
Thank you for not abandoning hope - those of you who still stop by to see if I am still breathing over here ;)