Do you ever feel like life just goes too fast? Like if you blink you'll miss it, or if you look a little harder and just a moment longer that you'll always remember they way her nose crinkles when she smiles, or the pattern of the freckles on his nose?
That happened to me just tonight. I was rushing my baby girl (she's 7!) to her room with a running list of things I was going to accomplish after she was nested in bed running through my head. She paused, tugging at my arm and tilting her head up, said in her sweet, melodic voice, "Will you sleep with me...just for tonight?!"
I hesitated before I looked down at her. Those big pleading eyes! The tender clasp of her hands...when did she get so big?! I gulped and blinked back a river, "Just...lemme get into my pj's, okay?"
The wind was howling outside; we snuggled closer. I told her about sharing a bed with my big sister growing up (and her freezing feet!) and how glad I was to be her mother. She blew in my hair and face, while I ate up her giggles. I laid there long after she fell asleep. Just caressing her cheek, smoothing her hair, and remembering where that eyebrow scar came from! (Does everyone have one of those, or is it just a family thing?) I gingerly got out of that (cramped!) bed, and offered a prayer of thanksgiving for a special night and girl.
My hope is to serve you by creating beautiful images that will stop time for you as you soak in the beauty that is you and yours. I hope when you look back it will be easier to remember the little things, the big things, and the in-between things. We each have stories that weave over the years and create this thing we call life. For now, let's start with one: today's.