Sounds of Home

 

I made it to the time of day when little ones rest.

The feeling is like one of crossing home plate at the baseball game, by the slide of your pants, fingertips thrust outward in valiant effort.  My hair probably has a bit of dirt in it. I think I saw a stain on my shirt.

The current noises include: the dishwasher (thankfully without any “extra” noises), the dryer, and a dog barking in the neighbor’s yard.

No pitter patter of feet.
No “Mo-om, she’s touching me.”
No “Mommy, can we ________________?”

No crying. No homework. No noise.

Oh the clamor these four walls contain in a single day. The oldest not yet in for the night. One sleeps curled; another sprawled out. At times it seems sleeping positions reflect personalities. The precious baby of the family still in the crib.

One of the blessings of being Mom to a widespread brood: the older children serve as comprehension of just how quickly time passes.

As Justin Davis, Crosspoint.tv pastor, tweeted today:

Parents of little kids: Don’t spend too much time wishing your kids were older…that wish comes true too soon!

We are parents of little kids- but we are also the parents of bigger kids. And yes, that time from the crib to college flies.  The days pass so quickly we dare not blink.

But we also dare not take a single moment for granted; as one among us has been assigned a human life expectancy number…and little by little, we see her development roll backwards.

So I rest in the Lord for the brief moments til morning, recognizing time is His alone.

And I anticipate the pitter patter of feet.

The “Mo-om.”

And the choice of what memories to make in a day.

In full recognition and with a heart of thanksgiving,

that each breath comes from Him.

 

 

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18 Comments

  1. Quite moments… no matter what season of life they are always a precious little gift from Him and always a reminder of how fast the time and years are going by. Stopping by from Thought Provoking Thursdays. Nice to “meet” you 🙂 Blessings

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Nice to “meet” you as well. 🙂

  2. So true!! Time flies after you have kids, I stopped wishing them to the next stage a long time ago. Now I look at them and I can’t believe how old they are!!
    Summer is here school is out-and i need to remember your words more than ever!

  3. Just bought your book and downloaded it to my Kindle. Can’t wait to begin reading it 😀

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Yay! I would love to hear what you think about it while you are reading or afterwards. 🙂

  4. Evenin’ sister,
    That was beautiful. Oh’ the sweet quiet sounds of night time… I can hear crickets singing with the bedroom window open right now… time to shut off the hum of the computer, go check the kids one more time, and close my eyes. I’m thanking our Savior along with you tonight! ~ Blessings on your new day tomorrow girl, Amy

  5. Thank you for this beautiful post. You touched my heart. 🙂

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thank you for your comment. I love heart-touching. Good for both giver and recipient. 🙂

  6. What an awesomely beautiful post Rachel! Thanks for sharing…I need to read this a few times a week as a lovely reminder to take in the beauty and not the stress 🙂

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Funny how it seems easier to stress, huh? 🙂

  7. Such a timely reminder. Thank you Rachel!

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thank you Tonya!

  8. Yes!! What a beautiful reminder! Thank you!

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thank you Friend.

  9. I love the picture you used. Absolutely beautiful!

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thanks Nash!

  10. So true, Rachel! Beautiful words for important thoughts.

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thanks Julie, for your ever encouragement.

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