Sometimes you don’t know where you’ve been until you turn around and marvel at the moments turned days and years behind you.
At how half a dozen kids in just as many years would grow in a blink.
At how the reading about history while nursing a babe and the tears and furrowed brow over mixed up numbers and the painting dripped into puddles of masterpieces and even the bright smiles when sounding out three-letter-words was no longer painful – how these, these would be all fuzzy and lovely muddled.
And my heart hurts just a bit at the ugly and the beautiful all wrapped together.
Oh, if I could just rub out all the hard and the mess and the yuck, and revel in the good and the holy…
Yet we step forward, trusting the One who holds time and universes spinning and these six awesome kids that I love like crazy –
Knowing I’ll look back again marveling at all He did in moments and days strung together for His glory. (You’re not going to want to miss the pictures at the end of this post!)
“Back to School” Pictures 2014-2015
Alyssa is 9 and in Fourth Grade. She has such a beautiful, loving heart. And she wants to be a mommy and a writer some day – so that she can tell her kids and others about Jesus. I’m humbled and honored that she would have such affection for loving little hearts and etching out words – the same intricate joys that fill my days.
Elliana is 9 and in Fourth Grade (just like her twin sister… is it getting easier to tell them apart, or is it just me!?). Oh, how I love this girl. There’s such beauty in the ways she loves on others and cares for little ones. She is bright and fun and humbles me with her love of Bible reading.
Kayla is 8 and in Third Grade. She is breathtaking. Her blue eyes glisten as her smile and compassion light up the room. And she’s already practicing for when someday she can use her talents to be an artist/illustrator… and a mommy… and a farmer. Oh, how she loves animals. But it’s her sweet love for Jesus that is most dazzling.
Isaiah is 6 and in First Grade. He continues to be my handsome hero that loves to save the day, yet always has time to stop and give his mom a hug. Such passion and life and energy are brought to my days through this sweet boy. I don’t know what I’d do without him, but I’m so thankful for the mighty work God has done in both our hearts through him.
Annabella is 5 and in Pre-Kindergarten. She’s such a precious girl that melts my heart every time with her big beautiful eyes and her gentle strength. She captures the beauty around her and is always ready for some fun – especially if it involves bikes or kitties or ponies or baby dolls wrapped just so. And her sweet voice singing to Jesus? It’s the most precious sound I hear everyday.
Ariya is 3 and in Preschool. She loves to be a part of the action. :) Just thinking about this precious girl makes me smile. There is so much life and joy wrapped up in this little one. I find myself stopping more often to treasure these days of three-year-old-ness, or to stand in awe at how God made this three-year-old so spunky and beautiful and brave and kind.
I am so blessed by these precious children that God has placed in our family. None of us are perfect. We have days that are tiring and long and hard – days where I feel like giving up as a Mommy and teacher to these wandering hearts. No, we’re not perfect. We’re truly a handful of sinners, striving to live and love and learn together for the glory of God. But, I will hold onto each and every one of these moments, before they too – are gone.
Just for fun… :)
Oh, I love these kids!
(I’ll be taking a little break from writing soon, as maybe you’ve noticed things have already grown a bit quiet – but first I’m hoping to share about our curriculum choices this year… there are a few new things that we’ve been loving. :) Have a wonderful weekend!)