Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lasts

Last year, our MOPS coordinator read a wonderful book to us about celebrating your children's firsts but, also celebrating and treasuring their lasts. The book made me tear up because it's so true, we get so excited to see our children take their first steps, master feeding themselves and other new skills but, on the other hand, with learning to walk comes the reality that soon, our babies will no longer crawl. They learn to feed themselves and no longer depend on us to spoon food for them. 

I find myself very excited about the new milestones that my kids reach and also sad when the "lasts" come and go without me even knowing it was the "last". For example, Judah has been doing awesome staying dry all night and for his naps. We are no longer buying pull-ups or diapers for him. Unless something really weird happens, I'll never be putting a diaper on him again. So of course, I should be rejoicing that we don't have two kids in diapers but, it's a little sad to me that I never knew when I was putting a diaper on him for the LAST time. 

Today Jeremiah installed Paisley's big girl car seat in our van. As I pulled in tonight after going bowling with my MOPS ladies, I saw the infant car seat sitting there on the shelf in the garage. It's the same car seat that we brought Judah and Paisley both home from the hospital in. Paisley will never be buckled into that car seat again and when I buckled her into it for the LAST time, I had no idea that it was her last ride in her infant seat. 

While we were bowling tonight, we talked about some serious issues in life. We really had a great time but, the conversation wasn't exactly what I'd call "light hearted". Tonight I'm so thankful for the ladies that I got to spend time with. I'm even MORE thankful that God is BIGGER than all the ugliness in this world. This morning I woke up with a Casting Crowns song running through my head. 

Looking out from His throne, the Father of light and of men
Chose to make Himself known and show us the way back to Him
Speaking wisdom and truth into the hearts of peasants and kings
He began to unveil the Word that would change the course of all things

With eyes wide open, all would see

The Word is alive
And it cuts like a sword through the darkness
With a message of life to the hopeless and afraid
Breathing life into all who believe
The Word is alive
And the world and its glories will fade
But His truth, it will not pass away
It remains yesterday and forever the same
The Word is alive

Simple strokes on a page
Eternity's secrets revealed, carried on from age to age
It speaks Truth to us even still
And as the rain falls from Heaven, feeds the earth before it returns
Lord, let Your Word fall on us and bring forth the fruit You deserve

With eyes wide open, let us see

The Word is alive
His Word is alive
I listened to that song on repeat during breakfast. It gives me such hope that even when I see people struggling around me, God's word is ALIVE and it's truth will not pass away!

Judah and I went on a little date this morning while Paisley and Daddy stayed home. Our first stop was to the grocery store, where we picked up some delicious hot cocoa for him and a coffee for me. He loved his cocoa in the pretty red Christmas cup. He and I need more quality time for just the two of us.




5 comments:

  1. Loved reading your post this morning. I get the same twinge of sadness when it's the last something for my kids. It's hardest with Gracie since we know that she's the last one.

    SO glad you all had good conversation while bowling with the ladies. Sometimes talking comes more easily when surrounded by laughter.

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  2. I agree..talking comes easily sometimes surrounded by laughter.
    ...every little moment is so precious.
    I also really enjoyed reading this this beautiful morning

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  3. Great post! My kids' "lasts" always make me so sad! I want to cry just thinking about all the "lasts" they've already gone through and the others that are coming up.

    That's so sweet you were able to have a little alone time your son! I love one on one time with my kids too.

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful lyrics to the song! I'm sure I've heard that song before since I listen to Christian radio all the time but I've never paid attention to the lyrics before.

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  4. I was holding a newborn the other day and felt the same feelings. I won't hold my own newborn anymore! It's hard, but really wonderful to see them grow.

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