On Easter, my family met at my mom’s house to celebrate with the kids. We had an egg hunt, a big ham dinner, and got to spend time with our cousins. It was a great day. The weather was perfect. The kids were (mostly) well behaved. I got to meet my cousin’s new daughter, and my grandparents got to watch the kids scramble across the yard to find the colored plastic eggs we’d “hidden” for them. It was a great day. My nana got choked up a few times, and when I asked if she was ok, she looked right at me and said “This is just the best. I’ve got so many of my babies right here! Its awesome, and I’m thankful”. Powerful stuff. She was talking about HER babies (Mom/Auntie), their husbands, her grandbabies (my sisters, me, our cousins, and all of OUR spouses), AND most of her great grandbabies (six under the age of four!). To her, even my parents are babies. If you look at it in that perspective, there’s really no huge reason to be rushing around and putting so much stress on everything. We are all somebody’s baby…
It also made me reflect on what my kiddos would be like years from now when they are following THEIR kids with a bucket in MY yard on Easter. I can only pray that I stay as close to my kiddos as my nana and my mother have with theirs, and that I can have this privilege. Like Nana said, that would be AWESOME.
The picture above was a snap of my parent’s three grandkids (my girl, my boy, and my nephew Noah). They all were dressed up for Easter. Boy had a tie that gave me the giggles inside to watch running around. Girl’s hair was all done up, and she had a pretty new dress. Noah sported his little sweater vest and shiny new sneakers. Now that I step back, and realize that even though my finger was over the flash which created a bunch of noise that quasi-ruined the photo, the photo is perfect. Years from now, I pray that we can take a similar picture of the three of them (and any other grandies) on the same Deacon’s Bench. Maybe Boy will have a pink shirt and tie, and Noah will rock the vest, while Girl has a summery dress… Maybe not. But somehow, they seem really big sitting there in this picture. Slow down, guys. There is no rush. Enjoy being little, and keep smiling just like in this picture.
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