Micah's up to:
- 3 foot 6.
- sounding out words (phonics rocks)
- splashing his sister, whether she likes it or not (generally not)
Levi's up to:
- 4 feet (crazy, isn't that?)
- Doing science outside
- building canons
Eve's up to:
- trying to blow bubbles in the kiddie pool like her brothers
- screaming furiously if Micah splashes her when she's not ready
- saying "marbles"
- asking for bike, bike, bike
Papa is up to:
- Digging deep for the last bit of energy for sons who want to wrestle
- Trying to figure out when on earth he's going to make the boy-requested archery lessons happen.
Mama is up to:
- Custom ordered knitting (pink rabbits)
- trying (and often failing) to make time for sewing
- rearranging life into a summer-friendly pattern
And these amazing photos that look like I hired a professional photographer to come to my home and follow my children around? Well, this is just one of those amazing little gifts God sent our way. Honestly, I know the follow-you professional is all the rage right now, but it would never occur to Papa and me to spend money on that.
So imagine my surprise when one of our long-time basement boys, who works for Marshall Arts, comes strolling out the back door with his camera and starts following the kids around. Papa had already taken some wonderful shots of me and the girl (I showed you one of them Friday), and we were looking at those when our basement-boy handed us a memory card with all the other backyard pics.
God is great, isn't He? He asks us to walk a different road, and being extremely-less-traveled it is often bumpy, rough and challenging. We tend to act like the only good He has for us is at the end of the road, and we try to rush along (which generally makes those bumps all the rougher, doesn't it?).
But He's not like that, is He? He walked the road too. He planted those green pastures and designed every molecule of quiet waters. He puts the sycamore tree in the exact spot where we most need to climb high and see Him.
It's our choice how we walk the path. We get to decide if we'll enjoy the fields, breathe in the wildflowers, splash in the water with Him. We choose whether we'll bother to learn and enjoy what a maypop is, or if we'll make the effort to climb a tree and wait for Him join us. We can hug and laugh and heal and hold, or we can rush on past everything just to get to somewhere smoother.
Trouble is, we're sheep. Smooth roads are down there on the highway. With all the 18-wheelers.
"He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young."
~ Isaiah 40:11 ~