Monday, April 23, 2012
When the gift of life really becomes a gift!
When a firstborn, who is getting so tall, asks if we can have a picnic on the driveway - the gift begins. A quilt is spread and lunch is served and blessed! And these little faces are my precious company ~
I notice the sunlight filtering through overhead leaves and it strikes me as beauty! One of those leaves falls and Rachel gets all silly and pretends to eat it and we laugh together and the gift just grows.
We continue on our journey with Almonzo and his family - loving the adventures that books take us on! I love seeing children just enjoying the lengthening of time that goes with childhood - a spring afternoon seems to linger forever in these heady days.
These are the kinds of days you can never really predict or make happen. I mean, even if we plan something fun - we never really know how it's going to go until our children decide that outcome.
But, this was one of those where we were all relaxed and enjoying and the gift just kept coming and our afternoon stretched long - toes ran through new grass and voices giggled at its tickles, cartwheels were done and even rolling through the grass. Those joys only fueled the next though - when the idea comes to little minds to bring out blankets and books and just downright make selves at home in the front yard!
I notice the clouds and realize I've never really taken photos of clouds before and then I inspect hydrangea bushes and eagerly await the blooms it promises!
When things just click and time seems to stand still - these are the moments I hope make up the memory bank of childhood around here. When strawberry juice drips down their chins and they can sit in the field and just feel the warmth of the sun and are in no hurry - it swells my heart and fills it with beautiful memories. When they dance through the grass and take the time to lay down and look at the sky and don't have a care in the world - these are the moments that magnify in my mind and so they fill my memory first.
And, the gift just grows when Mama is able to just soak it all in and enjoy it too ~ these are the days that you cannot plan, cannot force - they are pure gift!
Just like pictures like these cannot be staged and turn out with so much feeling of the moment, so life cannot always be staged into beauty. But! We can allow the time for beauty to happen for the gift to come!
And, then the best part of the gift - opening it! enjoying it! You know what joy it gives you to give a gift and see the receiver open it and exclaim over it and enjoy it! How much more our Heavenly Father - this is all a gift from Him! Are we available to recognize the gift, open it and enjoy it! What delight this must bring to His heart!