Nov 6, 2009

Home, Hats, and a Thankful Heart

It happened too fast.  I was busy running from one room to the next, when I happened to catch a glimple of Grace with all three wide-brimmed hats in her possession.  She had one on her head, and one in both hands.  She was vainly trying to get the others on her head as well.  I love it when she is so absorbed in her play that she is completely unaware of my presence.  This was one of those moments. I turned to grab my camera, which is usually pretty close, and by the the time I had it on, the moment had passed.  She was turning to me, trying to get me to help her. I hate that, and it happens everyday, often more than once. 

I snap my fingers in disappointment, but then I remember... I remember that I was here to enjoy that moment.  That moment that won't likely repeat itself twice, but I was able to be there.  If I were working outside the home, I would have missed it.  Someone else would have cracked up at her antics, and had that moment to recall someday.  They would not have appreciated it like I would have, though.  They wouldn't have written it down in their beautifully detailed and updated baby book wall calendar like I did.  It just would have been a lighthearted occasion in the day, possibly remembered long enough to repeat to me as I picked her up after work.

So today I am thankful.  Thankful that I am privileged to stay at home, to work here and make a beautiful place to live.  I say beautiful, not because it is always aesthetically attractive, but beautiful because it is here that we laugh, love, cry, learn, rest, and get away to delight in each other as a family.  Last night I ran to the store for a bit, and came home to unbridled baby giggles, as daddy made and flew a paper airplane for my naked-but-for-a-diaper baby.  (Yes, I know she's 14 months, but she's still my baby.)  I treasure that memory.  They were relishing each other's presence, bonding with a silly piece of paper that took a nose dive the second it left daddy's fingers.  I am also thankful for my hard-working husband, who leaves the home each day to make a living and provide for us, his little tribe.  I am thankful for each day that I wake up, smiling because my husband sets three alarms that scare me to death, but barely bring him back to the land of the living.  I am thankful for the anticipation that I feel while I wait for the first sound of rustling and baby talk that tell me my little stinker has greeted another day.  I am thankful for the outstretched arms and unintelligible chatter that I am met with when I go in to retrieve her.  I am thankful for the "Ame(n)!" that I hear 2 or 3 times before we finish praying for our food.  I am thankful for these moments and these memories.  Thank you, Lord.

This black hat is Ben's cowboy costume accessory that was pulled out for Hayride Sunday on the church bus.  I think it might have had a previous life as adornment to Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke. It hasn't been put away yet, so Grace has been accessorizing.  I'm not sure if she's decided on the perfect outfit yet.

The straw hat was daddy's find at Michael's a few months ago.  He found it for a $1 and said we needed to get it.  It didn't get much use until the last few weeks.  I think Grace is finally realizing that no girl is complete without a few accessories.  I personally think this is the perfect outfit.  Straw hat and bandanna print jumper - Perfect!

A sampling of her new looks....

This post is linked to Finer Things Friday and Fight the Frump Friday!

5 lovely comments:

Stephanie Marie said... Best Blogger Tips

Dearest April,

Your post made me cry. I feel like everyday I miss out on moments that I would cherish for life because I go to work and leave my Daniel at daycare. Just the other day I was thinking about David and how he is already in school! I will never again be able to stay at home with him as a baby because he is now a little boy who goes to school. I feel that I have missed so many moments with them, which like you said, somebody else has shared and that I didn't get to see or hear. I am seriously considering staying home and not working once Dayana is born. Please pray that God will work that out. That way I could be with Daniel and Dayana all day. I really, really liked what you wrote. It is so true and I am glad you get to stay home with Grace. You will never regret it and I'm sure she will thank you for it one day.



Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

What GREAT!!! photos. I was a stay-at-home mom and now a stay-at-home grandma. I loved and love each day I shared with my kids and grand-daughters. Memories last a life time and can never be taken from you and your loved ones. THANKS!!! foe sharing.

Olivia said... Best Blogger Tips

Great pics and a great moment to cherish!

Alisa said... Best Blogger Tips

I couldn't have said it better! Donnie and I are always talking about how blessed we are that I am able to stay home and enjoy all of those wonderful little moments every day! I wouldn't trade that for anything!!! I know what you mean about the camera. Every time I pull out the camera to capture an adorable baby moment, Drew stops his cute gimmicks and stares, mesmerized by the camera!!! ;)

Amy @ Finer Things said... Best Blogger Tips

"not because it is always aesthetically attractive, but beautiful because it is here that we laugh, love, cry, learn, rest, and get away to delight in each other as a family"

Your home sounds lovely, and I'm so happy for you that you are the one creating memories with your family. :)