in all things

me and pj: 10.19.2012

"There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things.
 It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.”
Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

"Mommy, I haven't changed for a long time," Parker says from the back seat as I'm driving. 

"What do you mean?" I asked. 

"Well, I've been liking dinosaurs for a long time now... and snaaaakes... and buuugs..."  he pauses, as if to consider whether his list is satisfactory.  "That's three things I've liked for a really long time", he concludes.  "I need to find more things to like.  I'm into warthogs..." 

I look at him in the rearview mirror, laughing.  He's laughing, too.

This moment is joy. 

It's one of those moments you want to live in.  The giggles.  The freshly-gap-toothed little grin.  Oh, he is changing alright, he just doesn't know it...

This thing that every mommy laments - this growing up before our very eyes.  Their childhoods, fleeing and fleeting, forging ahead and we, often weary and heavy-laden, lagging behind - not wanting to miss a moment.  A memory. 

Oh, how I want to remember it all - right down to every little freckle sprinkled across his nose...

As my children grow - and as I grow along with them - I become more and more convinced that the only path to joy in this life - and in the middle of mommyhood - is found when we pause, lay our burdens down and just. thank. God.   

For this child.  This moment. 

And all the moments in between. 

In all moments and in all things... 

Our children can teach us every day to pause, even just for a moment, and be truly, wholly thankful... for all things.  Things like dinosaurs, snakes and bugs.  Yes, even warthogs... and sunshine... and ant beds...  

"Take my picture with this ant bed..."

"Always be joyful. 
Never stop praying.  
Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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