Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sweet Memories

I was recently reminded of how much fun I used to have living at home. The walks I would take with siblings on our family farm, the things we would bake together, the stories we would read. How I do miss those moments, but I am now making moments that I will remember and look back at as moments I wish I was in. I am thankful for all that God has given me. It truly is wonderful to wake up in the arms of the one God gave to me. Even if he sleepwalks often and nearly every night, I wouldn't trade his sleepwalking for the days that have already passed me by, however sweet those memories are.
Yet there are some days where I wish I could have all my siblings with me sharing moments that I know we would love sharing. There are little things here and there that remind me of each one of my family members. The morning sunrise reminds me of my father our common love for all kinds of weather, folding clothes and doing laundry remind me of my Mom and how she would tell me that I wasn't folding things the way she wanted me to fold them. Or how an adventurous day reminds me of Hannah and our love to go exploring in the woods or in the pastures and even roll around in them even if there may be ant piles. Then there is the walk to the grocery store that reminds me of how Sarah likes to go shopping and how much fun she and I would have in the grocery store. I can't forget about the Library. Every time I go to the library I remember the days when I worked in the Library and how Mom and all the kids wanted to come pick me up and check out new books. When I am drinking tea or coffee I am reminded of how much fun Laura, Hannah, Marjory and Alaina would have with our tea parties. Then of course when I am reading a book out loud with Nathan I am reminded of all the times I have read out loud to siblings and how even Gabe would come in the room and would think he would be able to get the kids out of there long enough to talk to me alone and yet he would end up listening to the long chapters of The Silver Chair. He even asked me to read another chapter to my surprise. Gabe doesn't like to read fiction or any book requiring turning the page (aside from the Bible) :).
When I go hiking somewhere with Nathan, I am reminded of Jack and his love for the great outdoors.

There is never a day that passes when I don't have something that reminds me of home and the joys of a big family. One day Nathan and I hope to share in the joy of raising kids. Whether it is soon or a long wait, I know we will cherish the moments just like we cherished our childhood and the memories therein.

The dryer is now beckoning me forth to its presence, but it won't tear me away from my memories. I will write some more later.

Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

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