Wednesday, August 19, 2009

You Capture - Peace

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I steal into your rooms tonight, a small smile toying at my lips as I remember our earlier conversation today: In The Golden Goblet, Ranofer "stole" across the courtyard. I asked if that meant he was able to physically pick up the courtyard and take it somewhere. You all giggled.

This is a nightly ritual. When you were babies, I would stand over your crib, sometimes for several minutes, watching, marveling at who you were. Now I check your coverings...3 of you rarely have the covering you need, 1 of you wraps himself up like a mummy, and I fear suffocation in spite of the summer air conditioning.

Sometimes I still linger, memorizing your sweet, sleeping faces, thoughts of the day replaying in my mind. I revisit the fun moments of the day, the moments of smiles and hugs and meaningful interaction. Then my mind travels to those not-so-bright moments, moments where I grew impatient, moments when I absent-mindedly brushed you aside, losing a potentially precious moment forever.


These thoughts always give me pause. I long to have back some of these unsavory moments to re-work them. Knowing I can't, though, I allow dreams of tomorrow to flitter across the screen of my mind. And I pray, pray for wisdom in bringing up these precious children, pray for sweet and encouraging words to be my default tomorrow.


Your soft expressions bring a smile to my face, and I feel pride and an overwhelming sense of love for you. I turn and softly close the door so you are not awakened by the hall light or a playful feline. I turn toward the peaceful quietness of the evening, content to be right where I am at this very moment.

16 comments:

Caseybumpinalong said...

Amazing, and peaceful, post and pictures!

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Absolutely beautiful! Words that are priceless! Have a lovely day!

CrossView said...

This is a post that needs no pictures. Your words speak to every mothers heart. =)

Stefany said...

Beautiful. Your words only add to the peacefulness. Great job.

livinginagirlsworld said...

I'm just going to give you an "Amen, Sister!!" and call it good. Thanks for the reminder to enjoy them.

Christy M. said...

Those peaceful shots will be treasured for years. Capturing that sweet sleepiness of children is so wonderful!!

4 Lettre Words said...

These are really beautiful!

Courtney said...

You have such a beautiful way with words. (And with children!)

tiddlyompompom said...

there is nothing more beautiful than a sleeoing child. gorgeous photos :o)

v Neyst said...

Beautiful..just simply beautiful! =)

Anjie said...

I love that I'm not the only Mom that re-tucks kids in, and savors each day as I watch them sleep. I think you have captured their peacefulness beautifully.

april said...

Beautiful post.

Saj said...

So true, so true! What beautiful angels sleeping!

dclouser said...

This is a beautiful post! I used to do the same thing with my kids every night.

Amy said...

Beautiful post, and beautiful children! Very sweet.

Anne said...

makes me breathe deeply.

peaceful sleep is truly a blessing.