Weekend Wonders

The winter days have been shorter, but our days seem to be fuller.
More laughter, more smiles.  More doing and being.
Just more everything.  (In a good way.)

This weekend was no different.
Anna Alden started walking.  (Baby steps, but steps none-the-less.)
Carter learned to ride his bike.  (Finally!)
And Asa asked for big boy underwear and kept them dry for one whole afternoon!

There have been times (and I’m sure those times will find me again someday) when I’ve lamented the passing of milestones.
But seeing Alden’s excitement when she actually put one foot in front of the other?
It’s hard to be sad when you’re looking at that.

And the pure joy in Carter’s voice when he finally conquered the big, bad bike?  Heart-warming to the core.

Asa’s proud smile when I ask if he’s still dry?  Absolutely, perfectly wonderful.

Sure, there are days when I long to hold a sweet, tiny little baby.
But I don’t miss those no-sleep newborn days.
I don’t miss frequent feeds and spit up.

Besides, my little people are becoming fairly fantastic big people.
And I really, really enjoy being with them.
I love our talks and walks and adventures.

I miss the little giggly babies they were.
But I celebrate the loving, caring, giving children they are.
And I can’t wait to journey with them and watch them grow into who they will be.


5 Responses to Weekend Wonders
  1. Angela
    January 9, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    You and Marshall do have 4 fantastic kids! Great job! I LOVE watching them grow and change.

  2. Tara
    January 9, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    First of all, congrats on the conquering of big things! I cannot believe Anna Alden is walking already!!! From what little I know, your kids are indeed growing up to be pretty amazing people.

    Second, I’m really struggling with that missing having a tiny baby around. I celebrate BB’s accomplishments, but the unbelievable yearning to have another can be pretty overwhelming at times. (I’m sure you can/have been able to relate.) This, too, shall pass, apparently? (And yes, we’re planning on another, but waiting for a more appropriate time.)

  3. LeAnn
    January 9, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    Whoa!! Anna Alden is not a baby… seriously, she has changed so much since I saw her last (which has been way too long!!). So, loved the video on the last post too!

  4. Kimberly
    January 9, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    ww, this makes me want to cry happy tears 🙂 what a great weekend, and what a lovely family 🙂

  5. Doug
    January 9, 2012 | 6:25 pm

    Sounds cliche’ (it did when people told me this) but the days and years will race by, and very soon now you’ll be reading about YOUR grandchildren learning to walk and ride!!! Glad to know you and Marshall are taking the time to notice all of these first moments that will never come again! Treasure and enjoy and thank God!