Tuesday, November 22, 2016
We went to Florida recently to celebrate David's mom getting married. It was a beautiful afternoon outside and our Aunt Gayle did a lovely job of hosting and planning all of the details.
This Fall has been full and the things coming our way have been big. On the topic of big, look at my children in the above photo. Oh.my. This is hurting my heart a little bit as they are not little anymore. Emily wears shoes bigger than mine and will pass me up in height this next year. And there is a little bit of sorrow that we don't just sit and read picture books and color together anymore.
All the moms who went before me and said to treasure those days were right, they are short even though they feel long at the time. This season is bringing new challenges with it and I'm kind of still stuck in the they are little state of heart and mind when I need to allow my heart and mind to expand and grow with theirs.
Over all of this though, it is true that they are lovely people to be with, they are fun to take places and it is bittersweet to watch them becoming more independent and forming their own thoughts and opinions.
These three souls. They are my biggest challenge, my greatest mission field and most beautiful accomplishment by God's grace.
As I typed the words, "these three" - I immediately thought of the mention of those words in 1 Corinthians 13:13, "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
I have three little pillows on our bed that have these words on them. As I'm noticing the maturing, the growing up - the not wanting to do cutesy little things as often anymore, my heart wavers between feeling sad and grieving the loss of little and yet marveling at the growing and becoming that is taking place before my eyes.
The greatest of these is love indeed - and I do love being mama to these three!