Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Life ramblings

I've been thinking about the cycle of life with some life circumstances these days. Isabella asked my mom a few weeks ago where her Mom was. Mom tried to explain to my 2 year old about her mom being gone, and not coming back. (Isabella told her she would take care of her since her mom was gone now.)
My grandparents are all gone. I'm the middle generation in our family now. I'm expecting a second baby. Life marches forward. We recently attended the funeral of a dear family friend, who was still young. There is something profound to me about watching a parent bury a child. While I know there are no guarantees in life, when that happens it seems to go against the natural life cycle. Parents don't expect to outlive their children.
I was baking and cooking the other day and Michael commented it was like Dorothy Jean (my grandmother) at Christmas. I miss my grandma. I wish she could have met my babies. 

We had a picnic at the lake a couple of weeks ago with the college friends we get together with every month. I am grateful for this purposeful time together, not knowing what life will bring to each of us. It's important to carve out time for those relationships that last across time, through each of our life cycles- however long they may be.

One of the many things I love about being a parent is watching the joy that unfolds from simple things in life from my child.

When life can feel heavy  sometimes, I cherish even more the oblivious happiness in simple things that children experience.

I'm so grateful for all of the good things in our life, our little growing family, our families, and many special friends.


  1. I love this post and love you!

  2. I remember how badly I missed my grandmother when I found out I was pregnant. I wanted her to meet Olivia and I wanted to ask her so many things that I never thought to when she was alive. I like to think she is sharing in all of our special moments though looking down from above.

  3. Love this post. Thinking of you lately as I know your due date is near (is it today?). Praying for a smooth delivery. Can't wait to see pictures of your sweet little boy!

    1. Thanks Lindsay!! Yes, my due date is today- and I think it's pretty safe to say its not going to happen. :) But that's OK.