the clouds roll in and hang heavy, as if the sky could drop them at any minute. the sun begs to break through but cannot. there's a chill in the air, not felt before now. i dig out warm coats, hats and gloves. remembering how much i love a nice cozy scarf and the coat gifted from that man that knows me so well.
he has an unexpected day off so we decide to go to the park. instant FAMILY DAY! he starts dressing the children while i grab a shower. there are lunches and diaper bags to pack, water cups to fill and entertainment for the drive. leaving the house is no easy ordeal with three little ones.
yet we made it out the door and headed to the park in a nearby city. after about three hundred and fifty thousand are-we-there-yets? we arrived. they delighted in an old steam engine they could play in and a tiny mechanism that acted as a bull dozer of sorts. the swings were a hit, especially with daddy flying high beside them scaring me with talk of flipping off backwards. heaven help.
they giggled and ran and refused to stop for the pictures i wanted to take. who can blame them, there is fun to be had and photographs are just an interference to the beauty found in good old honest play.
jacob is good at playing and i am learning from him.
consumed far too often by the list of to-do's i miss moments, opportunities, memories for the keeping. reading this today on sarah bessey's blog puts things in perspective...
"cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow for babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow. so quiet down cobwebs. dust, go to sleep. i'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."
babies don't keep, but memories do, so lets make lots of them today. amen?