Not his day…

Here we are. A holiday weekend is upon us.

This weekend will be packed with backyard bar-b-ques, picnics, sunny days at the beach with family and friends…

Celebrating…

But do we remember what this weekend is about? Do we know what it is we are honoring on Memorial Day?

Don’t get me wrong, those above mentioned activities are great (especially with thosewe love), but this holiday is about more than that…

It’s about a flag.

More specifically, Memorial Day is about a FOLDED flag, very similar to the one you see pictured.

The only difference between THIS flag you are seeing and the ones we should be honoring this Memorial Day is…

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A Mother’s Love

Let me tell you the story about 5, not-so-little, ducks…

You see…

5 ducks did indeed go out one day. They wandered around the backside of the pond, found their way AROUND the fence, climbed the hill, and waddled away.

Dinner time came and they were ready for a snack, but only 2, not-so-little, ducks came back.

The pond is now a bachelor pad.

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Lubba You Too

“Lubba you too.”

There are few things in life more precious than your sweet toddler leaning over to kiss your fake-sleeping face and patting your cheek before she turns, places her baby face on her “tar” pillow, and drifts off to sleep.

Your heart is full.

You know for a brief moment in her life, you are her WHOLE world…her everything. While that fact can be completely overwhelming at times, it is also completely humbling to experience the unconditional love of a child…

a love that thinks you are absolutely PERFECT, just as you are.

She finds peace and comfort in your embrace whether she is happy, sad, or melting down. You are her EVERYTHING…just as you are. In her eyes, you are beautiful, flawless, hers…

everything you say, wear, do is something she wants to emulate.

She won’t always love you JUST like this.

Her love will always be precious, but it will evolve. It will be different.

She is going to see that I am NOT perfect. I am GOING to let her down.

So, during this ever important time, may I strive to take steps that make my shoes worth filling with her tiny feet. May the path I give her to follow lead her to TRUE perfection…our Heavenly Father’s grace and love…

a love that will see our imperfections, and continue to hold strong, unwavering.

In the meantime, until her naive, little heart has matured to the point that it can see and understand something so extraordinary, may God give me the strength to shine His love in her life and let her know just how precious she is…to me and Him.

Cocooned in Motherhood

See that cocoon?

Sometimes I feel like I am in that cocoon.

I used to be the wild, crazy caterpillar. My life was fresh and full of energy. I was always on the go, eating my way through life with an appetite that was starved for adventure…

growing…

changing…

Don’t get me wrong, I love my life. I love my babies. I love being a mom, BUT…

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One Beauty for Another

She brought me a flower, a weed from our lawn, but I made a big deal over its “beauty” and tucked it behind my ear…in my “hey-a.”

* That would be my HAIR 😉

The idea must have seemed quite appealing because as I turned to snap another picture of what we were supposed to be focusing on, I heard, “MY hey-a.”

My iris…ugh.

She was placing petals on her head. Petals from my newly opened blossoms.

Oh well…

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