01 October, 2009
Treasure your life
While my mother's condition is heartbreaking and agonizing to watch, it has produced some good things. One of them being my own attitude about my children. As i sit in the kitchen, drinking a cup of tea with mom, i listen to her say for the umpteenth time how much she loves when i come over with the children. And as i look over the toys scattered throughout the living room floor, i realize again what an incredibly precious time of life I'm in. Eric, still in a wonderfully innocent age, Emily with her sweet smile and compassion for the less fortunate, Zac with his big eyes and bigger mischief bag of tricks, Josh with another set of big eyes and even bigger ideas, and the twins, following each other around in hopes of some excitement. And when i feel the baby stir inside of me, i am washed by a wave of gratitude for my life. The row of beautiful children and a man who would lay his life down in an instant for every one of us. I want to squeeze every second out of my life, knowing that in the blink of an eye, they will be grown and i will be drinking tea with my grown daughters. While i know that will be a special time of life, i'm in no hurry to get there. Let me enjoy every spilled cup of milk, every messy diaper, and every grand idea the boys come up with. I want to enjoy every minute of having a young daughter who's heart is tender and loving. God is so very good.