And Just Like That…

I am taking your birthday photos for the third year in a row. I dressed you up in a new outfit and you loved every minute of the process. We brushed out your hair and chatted about whether or not we should put in a hair clip. We decided not to. Then we gathered up the photo props and went outside. You eagerly climbed up on the rustic stool and held the flower I gave you. “This is fun!” you declared. Every moment of your special day has been treasured by you- and that’s simply one more precious thing about the person you are. Special moments, no matter how small, are savored by your sincere heart.

We chat as I snap different poses. I’m trying to capture the essence of who you are but I doubt that can be done in a photograph. It takes spending daily life with you to know exactly who you are. I savor the little conversations overflowing from your busy mind and expressive tongue. You verbalize deep ponderings in quiet moments and I’m thankful we live slowly so you can articulate them and I can listen.

You flourish at being you! You appreciate your own skin and are comfortable with your likes and dislikes. I know that I am a deeper person, a more appreciative person, because I spend time observing you. I am thankful for every instance I put down my phone so that I can look in your eyes or snuggle you in my lap or chat with you. No moment spent in your company is wasted. Gratitude fills my soul at every one of your birthdays because I know I have treasured every single day of those years. I am learning to linger, to not mind the midnight slumber parties, to let you help whenever you ask, to repeat answers, to not make little messes a big deal…because I know the years slip by…just like that.

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Aloha! This blog is a window into the active mind of a wife, mother, woman and individual. I may be busy every moment of every day, but I still have time to think. Many seasons have blossomed and faded within my life, and this blog has endured through all of them. It is safe to say that my writing has matured because of them. I hope that you will be inspired to think in fresh ways as you read my writing. To Jesus be all the glory.
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4 Responses to And Just Like That…

  1. This is so beautiful. A poem of loving gratitude. A most precious daughter. And you treasuring each moment but most of all treasuring her. This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing. Happy birthday to your adorable little one! God bless you in your journey of motherhood. I’m so glad you are taking the time to savor it. The golden years!

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  2. Julie Dibble says:

    Good afternoon, Shelby. It has taken me a few days to get back here. I took in your words to your beautiful daughter today. Your heart is here for all to read, a mom who has recognized the amazing people her children are. May He bless you and your family this weekend. In Christ, Julie

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    • wordvessel says:

      Thank you Julie! I haven’t been able to keep up with my own blogging let alone everyone else’s, so I’m humbled that you make time for mine. Thank you for your kind words and blessing.

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