It is precious to me to spend time with the kids. The kids from 21 to going on 2 are all amazing to me. I find joy watching their antics and in the little things. Today's joy included watching my 16 year old run across the field to his turkeys with the same childlike enthusiasm as he always has had. Joyfully bouncing off to do his thing.
Ingrid, 3, went to the store with Matthew and I after church this evening and she too was walk/skipping along as we went. This sweetness just simply gives me a THRILL! She was wearing a Christmas looking dress with pink sandals and jabbering away about how she fell asleep on the way to church and that now she was awake! Cool!
Evan, almost 2, reveled in morning kisses this morning. I was gone for nearly a week so feeling his little arms hugging my neck was mommy bliss. Taking pause to let him just stay there and hold on tight instead of my running off to get something done was definitely the right choice.
Stefan this evening paid attention throughout the whole service. He sang with the familiar parts of Evening Prayer and his little face kept beaming at me the whole time. He asked me his serious questions and one of them was inquiring if we were at church for Confession and Absolution. Love that kid. No dear......not today.
Then when I give them all a close look I think about how in a few years they will all be older and older and how much I try to hang onto these moments. Tomorrow is a new day to revel so I will go with that and enjoy each memory as it comes. There is much to be thankful for.