"Let's have a merry journey, and shout about how light is good and dark is not. What we should do is not future ourselves so much. We should now ourselves. "NOW thyself" is more important than "Know thyself." Reason is what tells us to ignore the present and live in the future. So all we do is make plans. We think that somewhere there are going to be green pastures. It's crazy. Heaven is nothing but a grand, monumental instance of future. Listen, now is good. Now is wonderful." ~ Mel Brooks

Thursday, February 28, 2013

{ pretty, happy, funny, real }

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter
{ pretty }

The other day we took our three youngest on a journey in the car. It turned out to be a lot longer than we had anticipated and  the results were not what we had hoped. Everyone got a bit cranky here and there, my husband was bummed and wished that he'd prepared a bit better  before we'd left (we went on a 1 1/2 hour journey to check out a new car that was sold when we got there and didn't call ahead. Oops. He never imagined that the place we were going to was as big and as busy as it turned out to be, turning over 500 cars a month!!! Country Bumpkins out to car shop is a quite a comical event!) Nonetheless, it made for a very long day. As we returned back to our neck of the woods and while playing a game of "I'm thinking of an animal...." Kiki exclaims with much glee "LOOK! A RAINBOW!!" We look out her side of the car and lo' and behold.....the most beautiful rainbow I had ever seen in my life, ever! This is no exaggeration. Each and every color was so vivid and vibrant. It made a perfect semi-circle across the horizon, so  big I couldn't even try to fit it in a picture.
We just had to let the littles out to take a closer look. If only I could have bottled up their squeals and smiles. It was the perfect ending to a very long day.

Of course we had to let them play in the puddles, too!

Oh, this baby. Little Seraphina is giving us a run for our money. She may be the cutest little thing but boy does she have a temper.....goes with her fiery, feverish personality I suppose. With that mind, she very much dislikes taking baths or getting wet. She'll begin to cry even if I come near her with a wet wash cloth. Well, I have to clean her somehow, so every couple of days, after I've built up the fortitude, I'll pop her in the tubby with the littles. Charlotte is really great about trying to distract her and keep her from crying. Usually to no avail but not this time. I plopped her in Charlotte's lap and she started to fuss but then......she stopped! She started to grab toys and splash and smile, even! It was the strangest, most beautiful moment. We'll see how it goes next time :)
{ funny }

This picture was taken on the same day as the rainbow photos.  After the rainbow began to vanish we all felt like celebrating. We thought it was a grand idea to splurge on an ice cream cake. Kiki saw this bunny shaped one and just had to have it and made the announcement that it was her birthday. We all giggled and promised we would go home and put some rainbow candles on the cake and sing "Happy Birthday" and celebrate. We celebrated how life can shift in just a matter of moments and we honored the fact that everyday is a birthday, full of newness and grace.
{ real }
It doesn't get any more real! I am a Mama to all 5 of this amazing souls. They each came through me with a unique and special gift. They are my greatest teachers, the wisest of wise, and honest. Gosh, are they honest and they call me on every little thing.  I am so grateful for this realness in my life because sometimes the moments shared with them are the only real moments I have in a day.  

1 comment:

  1. Amazing rainbow shots! What a gift!

    Yes, there is no feeling of wonder and awe like you have with your babies. Good job Mama!


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