As I count down the days to my due date, I find my mind caught between two longings. One is the anticipation of the certain near future. The other is a yearning to embrace each moment of my present position.
Although I think both of these desires are right and necessary, I can so easily get caught in that place of anxiously wishing baby would come, and I forget to look around me to soak in all this goodness. All this beauty. All this joy and love in the very midst of where I am sitting right now.
I just finished the book “Simply Tuesday” (highly recommend it!) in which the author, Emily Freeman discusses the importance of seeking His kingdom within the small, mundane moments of living – to embrace our smallness in light of His presence; and even though He is always with us, why it is important for us to invite Him into our simple daily routines.
She also shared one of her daily rituals that I am planning on adopting. She has a section of her journal which she has named “These are the days of…”. Each morning she prays about and lists some of the small moments which make up her current season of life.
This twinkling of space in the life of my family is precious – one that I will never get back.
In the days remaining, I want to walk the line between this anticipation and embracing with a careful balance.
I thought Emily’s little exercise would be appropriate for me to do for this in-between time.
These are the days of…
- Just the two of them
- Pancakes for dinner
- Allowing routine and schedules to fly out the window
- Taking longer, slower walks
- Serving my family first
- Picnics in the park
- Enjoying these warm summer nights on the patio with my husband
- Teaching them to make Rice Krispy Treats
- Reading my daughter her first chapter book (Little House on the Prairie)
- Extended snuggles with my son, who will soon no longer be the baby
- Consuming mass amounts of watermelon by the pool
- Preparing their hearts for their sister
These are the moments I want to envelop. These are those small moments I want to invite God’s presence into. To breathe in every ounce of sweetness they have to offer.
Because change is coming. And although this change will bring new goodness, new joy, new memories, and new love – it will be different than this season which currently surrounds me.