Friday, April 15, 2011

Just the Other Day

Just the other day our family was growing by one child at a time. There were five of us already and we had just discovered another baby was to join us the the following winter. I told my mother in law if it was a girl we were going to name her Anna Joanna Rosanna Susanna. Mom got a funny smile on her face and said, "I dare ya!" Instead of a baby girl, we welcomed a little boy named Josiah and brought him home in a blizzard.

Where has the time gone anyway? What happened to the little ones who scattered their toys across the floor, refused to eat their dinner, and giggled upstairs in the dark of night long after they should have been asleep? Where have they gone who fought and cried over "spit upon toothbrushes," "licked feet," and who knows what else?

Josiah was the link between these three and the three who were to follow after him. Older friends warned me to enjoy the days while my children were small, that they passed all to quickly and would soon be gone, but I was in the midst of it all, exhausted and often impatient. My friends were right and I find myself every once in a while longing to go back, for just a day or two, to dragging my wagon full of children around the block, stories and prayers before bed at night, and wooden railroad tracks under and around table legs. Yes, maybe even those evenings of frustration when James was working late and they were driving me crazy and making me laugh at the same time.

10 comments:

  1. Oh, I loved those day, too! I sure do enjoy them as adults, but having them all underfoot was wonderful:-)

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  2. You don't really want those "Dad is working late tonight" days back, do you? *Sigh* To be young again, but only for a bit... That is why God gives us our own kids (and grandkids), I suppose.

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  3. I think I wouldn't mind for just a night or two. I think maybe I could handle it better now, but then again,... maybe not. :)

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  4. Those pictures are priceless!

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  5. Thanks, Christine. James' mom took these. I just dug them out of the box. :)

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  6. Oh what wonderful pictures and memories...What a cute little family you were back then...I miss those days too..especially when I'm going through old boxes of pictures.

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  7. Mart, just in case you didn't realize you do have them underfoot one or two nights here and there, I know cause thays under my feets too. "houskin" ver. word

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  8. I think the same thoughts every time I see my pictures like that! Where does the time go?

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  9. I haven't seen those pictures before. Thanks for sharing them. I love seeing your younger self. I love the look on your face in the first picture - looking at James.

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