Every day brings new moments that are worthy of more than a glance. Those flickering pieces of life we encounter in our day can bring such joy if we take it in, hold on tight, and embrace the light from which it came. You have to be aware of these moments, in order to truly live deeply. The pace with which we keep sometimes distracts our attention and changes our view. Oh, how we miss out on the good and glorious parts of living when we don’t live deeply. We all need to…
Grab it. And grab it good.
Here are a few of my grabs this week:
My tummy will not stay down.
When Cade and I were doing our ‘morning snuggle’ he continued to push on my belly and claimed he was helping me push my tummy down. Unfortunately, he finally realized that “it won’t stay down mommy!” “No son, it won’t.”
Oh, how I love my child’s sweet innocence.
My birth story never gets old.
It always amazes me that after 46 years of hearing how I came into this world, I still long to hear my mom’s words that light me within.
“Oh Chrissy, you came into this world with a BANG!!! And you haven’t stopped since.”
Each year I am set to soar again, on that defining beginning.
My daughter is changing.
“Please don’t get goofy mommy!”
“Mama say WHAT? Did I hear that right, Cassidy?”
“YES, mom! Don’t embarrass me!!! He will be there!”
And so it begins…
Don’t try to prove your eating potential to strangers.
“Oh, the one serving of pancakes will be more than enough with your omelet!” The server proclaimed.
“But you don’t know what I can put down!” I say with a hungry snare.
“Maybe start with one, and you can order another if you have room.” She appeased.
“Give me another serving. I told you that wouldn’t be enough!” I boast with my belly.
“WOW, you can put it DOWN girl!” With surprise and disgust.
“Oh, sister… you know it!!!” Gloating with pride.
Next time, one serving will be just fine. (Burp, gurgle, toot)
My husband still knocks my socks off.
Time alone without the kids… ah. There is nothing sweeter than embracing each other and nourishing our love.
He is my miracle. I will never take that for granted.
Wheelchairs don’t go over bumps well.
Spending the day pushing my dear friend around the beautiful Inniswood garden was a pleasure that dug deep down and lit up my soul. Oh, how I cherish laughter and love in friendship!
But thank God I didn’t spill her. Oh, did I come close.
I am afraid, but they are not. Let it happen.
“I can do it, mommy! PLEASE?”
“It’s just too dangerous! NO!”
“I promise I will jump out and up!”
“Oh please be CAREFUL!!”
She prepares herself for the dive, as I tread the water rapidly breathing in desperate prayers for protection. Terrified of the worst.
She did it. Over and over again.
One breath of encouragement can lift up a soul.
Her mom came to me and told me she was going through all of last year’s things in her locker when she found her daughter’s mirror and wipe-off board. On it was written the phrase I had given her, in hopes to shine some light into her darkness.
You just never know the impact you have…
And as every day brings so many more moments like these, I reflect on them all and hold on to each with a grasp that deepens the richness of my life.
Each day, anew. Oh, how life offers us plenty to grab.
Oh, dear friends…
Grab it. Grab it good!