Daniel is getting so big! From the gelled hair to the mini sentences - all I want to do is hit pause and slow down time.
And I guess when I stop to think about it, I don't really want to hit pause. I really want time to roll forward so that I can meet our future littles.
And I guess when I stop to think about it, I don't want time to slow down. As much as I love this stage of Daniel's life, I'm excited to see him grow up.
I guess what I really want... is to slow down myself. I can be so goal-driven and achievement-oriented that I lose sight of the small, beautiful, joy-drenched moments.
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I want to slow down when I'm doing laundry so that I can remember that I had little hands to help me "sort" through it all. I want to slow down and not cram the day so full of tasks - meal prep, laundry, cleaning, and organizing - that I miss the beauty of small and simple.
Small doesn't demand attention, but it's still worth the attention.
Simple doesn't demand attention, but it's still worth the attention.
Our little Daniel knows how to do simple. He isn't concerned about his next meal or what the plans are for the week. Goodness, he isn't even concerned about what we're doing in the next 5 minutes. He's just along for the ride, laughing and saying, "Wuv you" the whole way.
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And for any mommas reading this, there are fits, too. There are sleepless nights, too. But we won't remember those quite like we'll remember the belly laughs, the heart-to-heart conversations that inspire, and looking up at the stars..
I bet my memories will be full of moments like this morning. Where he looks at me, tilts his head, and says, "Momma."
These are the days. And I hope that I'll be saying that same thing in 30 years when life looks a whole lot different.
Daniel, if you ever look back through this blog of mine, I want you to know that you are so loved. We put a lot of thought into what we should feed you and how we should lead your precious heart. And I'm sure that some of it will feel second-nature later on down the road, but today the only thing that feels second-nature is loving you.
We see a leader in you. You're quick to comfort your friends and your compassion seems to grow by the day.
We were sitting at the kitchen table with your Aunt Jaelyn, Uncle David, Aunt Jenna, and Aunt Jianna a few months back. Jianna was tired, so she laid her head on the table while we kept on talking. You said, "Oooooh no! Help! Help!" It took us some time to figure it out, but you were caught up in compassion and love for Jianna.
Don't stop caring for others, son. You can do hard things and you are brave.
Friend, I hope I always say, "These are the days."