Friday, April 5, 2013

Five Minute Friday: AFTER

Joining in HERE - "So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes."  This week's topic:  After

Five Minute Friday

This is such fun for me... Ready?  GO.

For twelve years now, I've been in a constant state of the afters.  After five trips down pregnancy and childbirth lane and two expeditions on adoption trail, here I am; in the after again.  My sweet baby is 9 months old.  9 in, 9 out. 

I always tell myself, "After I'm done with nursing, diapers, and babies and the tired that comes along with all of this, then I can do _________."  Even though I love, adore, and want to drink in my babies; which is evidenced by the sheer number of them. 

But nowadays, I don't want my babies to grow up.  And I don't focus on the afters.  Because God, has so graciously bopped me on top of the head, with these words:  "But this is what I have for you."  It's like He cracked an egg on top of my freshly straightened hair and let the raw flow of it all ooze down onto the rest of me.   And I get it.  At least most days I do. 

The after is wrapped up in wanting something different.  The now is where it's at. 

STOP.


**I should have explained this picture when I posted it last night...  Gabi's new thing is the dress up like a "ballelina" and Levi soon asks if he can too.  The girls have a couple unitards (like the one he's wearing in this picture) that he likes to try on and jump around in.  He cries his ever loving eyes out to take it off, he's so funny!!!  I know that his future self will not like that I posted this, but just this once, it must be done.  What do you think of my Dancing with the Preschoolers couple?**



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14 comments:

  1. Oh to always remember those sweet words from the Lord, "This is what I have for you." Thank you for sharing your heart and your family photos. What a beautiful family!

    Blessings,
    Angie

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    1. Thanks so much, Angie! Yes, may those thoughts always be at the forefront of my thinking.

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I LOVE the picture of Gabi and Levi!!! Gabi looks stunning in her dress, and Levi looks fabulous in his bright colored outfit!!! I love Levi's outfit, I wish I had that in my size! They look like they are getting ready to go out somewhere. Thanks for sharing.
    In Christ,
    Bethany

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  3. P.S. Oh yes, I need to keep reminding myself that every phase of life is what the Lord has for me, even though I'm tired. Thanks for putting things in the right perspective.
    In Christ,
    Bethany

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    1. This definitely can be applied to every season of life, Bethany... we need this perspective so much, don't we?

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    2. So true, so true. I'm afraid with some things, I don't fully enjoy them like I should until that particular thing or stage of life is over with and gone.

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    3. P.S. Enjoying the Here and Now. Today!

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  4. I am going to enjoy the here and now today ;)

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  5. Amen to the Now! So easy to not enjoy the now and think of before's or after's :)

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    1. Yes! It comes too naturally to us at times. Contentment is the key to so many things. :)

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  6. So many times we find ourselves longing for either the before or the after when He just wants us in the now. It is sort of like the grass is always greener.

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