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Just Us

Maddy was at dance class. Zach was at home working on his school work.

So Joshua and I headed off to the park. It was just the two of us on the walking trail…alone…one-on-one…talking about the crazy-big trees, listening to the crinkle sound that the leaves made as we walked through them, spying on little green bugs, chasing squirrels…no plan of where we were going…no one there to compromise with on which trail we would take. It was just us….something that is rare.

With three, busy kids, it is hard to have one-on-one time with each of them…but when it happens, it is a head-slap moment reminding me of why this needs to happen. Our walk was a time for my middle child to have my undivided attention…he didn’t have to share me with anyone….he had me all to himself…to ask questions, to tell me his stories, to share his thoughts, to explore, and know that my attention was focused on him. We all need that every-so-often…to have the undivided attention of someone we love. Even if it’s just for a little while…to not have to compete with others, or the chime of electronic devices, or with the noise of the outside world…to be able to share thoughts, dream out loud, and just be with someone you love.

As we walked, I let him decide what pictures I would take. Even though I took the photos, I got to see the trail through his eyes…it is so beautiful to see the world through the eyes of a nine-year old boy. He showed me things I might have missed, and gave me an appreciation of exploration that I hadn’t had since I was nine. Kicking dirt, moving tree limbs, hiding in the tree branches, having pretend wars, climbing, running, finding stink bugs, and appreciating things that others might call weeds…

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When we give of ourselves, we always get back more than what we gave. Our walk was supposed to be for him, but I left the park that day thankful for the time and undivided attention that he gave to me. ♥

by Melissa Lloyd

Being Still and Quiet

We spent some quiets moments, just her and I, enjoying the cool morning air and the warmth of the sun as it rose in the sky. She always has plenty of questions to keep the conversation going, but every so often she just sits and takes it in without a word being said. I love both her inquisitiveness and her thoughtful moments of reflection. Playing with sticks in the dirt, collecting rocks, and throwing leaves in the air for the wind to catch were the perfect entertainment and I just sat back and watched…

Sat back and had my own reflective moments of how blessed I am….how God is far better to me than I deserve…how these moments of playing in the dirt dreaming dreams and laughing at the leaves dancing with the wind are what’s real in this world. So often, she makes me be still and quiet. I love that about her.

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Eventually, Joshua came out and they played soccer. Maddy “scored” 5 goals and was beside herself proud of beating her older brother.

Our morning outside ended with a little basketball and a lot of love. Joshua watched Maddy try to make a basket, but when she just couldn’t do it, he went over and picked her up to make her just a little bit bigger. He wanted her to succeed. He wanted to help. Even though it still wasn’t enough to get the ball in the hoop…in that moment he showed his heart for his little sister. It didn’t matter that five minutes before that they were bickering over who scored what and whose ball it was. All that mattered was that he saw her need and he did what he could to help. Such sweetness.

A moment I am so happy I captured….and one that I will pull out some day when they are grown. We will look over these photos and remember the days of growing up. Remember the love. Remember the days playing outside. Remember the belly laughs and maybe some of the tears. Remember the lessons learned. Remember being together.

Photos are the blessing count of our lives…they promise to remember when we forget.

#blessed

by Melissa Lloyd

Dance Class was Cancelled

{So I Don’t Forget}

Dance class day…

The day she counts down to…

The day that can’t come fast enough…

The day she gets up before the sun, throws her pj’s off, and puts on her ballerina outfit…

The oh-so-sweetest day of the week…

But on this dance day, class was cancelled…

And she was a bit heart-broken…

Excitement turned to disappointment…

Her sparkle dulled…

Seeing the disappointment in her soft, sweet eyes…cut right through me…

Her painful disappointment turned into my hurt…

I hurt for her…mama’s hurt for their hurting babies…

I wanted (needed) the sun to shine in her little world once again…

I wanted to see her eyes laugh, smile, and sparkle like they normally do…

 

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So we turned on some classical music and she danced…

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She twirled and spun around the room to the motion of the music until she was ready to let her inner sparkle shine.

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I hope she knows that I will always be in her audience…cheering her on throughout her life….always proud…ready to wipe tears of sorrow or joy…cushioning life’s hurts…and loving her.

by Melissa Lloyd