Friday, November 23, 2012

Back to the Basics

This week I've been reminded once again just how short life really is. Sometimes it is much shorter than we ever imagine. Worlds can be changed in the blink of an eye. Circumstances have really caused me to stop and not only be thankful for what I have, but to cherish it. When I'm doing anything but that, I'm taking it for granted. I am ashamed of how often I take SO MUCH for granted.

I wasn't sure what I would do today. Spent a lot of time praying for the precious Rolisons and wishing I could do more for them. I was sitting outside talking to God about everything that's gone on this week when Audrey walked outside and sat down beside me.

We looked at the trees and talked about how pretty they were with the red and yellow leaves. Then Audrey decided she wanted to play in the leaves. I took some pictures of her, and then she called me to join her. All last week I kept thinking how I needed to clean those leaves up. I'm so glad I didn't. That can wait. Today Audrey and I made precious memories in those leaves. We had a "leaf fight" and threw leaves at each other. Audrey laughed when they got stuck in our hair and I laughed at how funny she thought it was.

She wanted to play football so we did that too, using the leaves as cushions when we hit the ground. Her football rules were questionable (Mommy stop running so I can tackle you!), but we had a blast.

Of course the trampoline was next. We jumped on it for almost two hours. She had me doing toe touches and "cheerleader stuff". I learned just how honest a child can be.

Audrey: Mommy can you do a flip?
Me: I used to be able to.
Audrey: But now you can't. You're too big and old!

We had a great day just playing. It wasn't like any other day of playing though. I took tons of pictures and I cherished every single moment; every smile, every laugh, every word she said. We truly are not guaranteed tomorrow and I have learned that in a huge way these past 3 months.

Happy three month birthday Barrett! Audrey and I talked about you a lot today and I so badly wished you were here today. Love you little man & Landon--

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18


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