what I love now and what I'll love then

My Jesus, My Lord,

The things I love the most now 
are things I never appreciated 
quite as much before...

My childhood:
Oh I thought I had it rough
Miles and miles from nowhere
But now I miss the wide open sky
the endless waves of sandy hills
Prairie grass nodding to the wind

That hometown feeling you get
when the girl at the cash register
was your classmate in highschool
and your algebra teacher
is in the checkout line behind you
Everyone is connected somehow
in a small town

Are there things I will love 
more than ever later in life
that I don't appreciate 
near as much now?

I imagine I will long for the days
I barely have time to brush my teeth
because I'm so busy brushing 
everyone else's

Or the time it takes to dress four kids,
wipe four faces, tie eight shoelaces,
and do it all over again in ten minutes

I don't want to begrudge even a moment
you've given me, Lord

Because moments make memories
the most treasured in life

P.S. We said our goodbyes to the ranch this weekend and now we are back home in Louisiana.  We've got a treasure chest full of pictures and memories and memoirs.  Can't wait to share them now that I have the internet...(smile).


Ashley D. said...

I live in a small town, and I love it! I love seeing someone I know and need to chat with every time I go into Wal-Mart :) I think I would miss it too if I ever had to leave.

Kristin said...

Glad you made it back safely and had a wonderful time :) I've missed you!

Widge said...

Beautiful header! I live in a smallish town and came back with my family as an adult after a stint in the "city". So glad we did, we live it out here and appreciate it so much

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Rachel~Wildflower Photography and a little bit vintage said...

i grow up in a small town and really miss it. i wish that were able to raise our littles in a small town, but that isn't our lord's plan. maybe someday. :) love the photos. ;)

jacksta said...

Breeanna @ a brilliant melody said...

This is very beautiful. I'm trying to cherish all my moments because I seem to be getting older much faster as the years go by.

Sarah Wall said...

Love the new header! I like Ashley's "Wal-mart" comment! HA! Wal-mart! Not quite the small town we know, huh? Glad you're home safe.

ricebabies said...

Thank you for the reminder about kids. It is so true.

katy said...

what a sweet piece! and the pictures are lovely. :)

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

I love living in the small town where I grew up...such a precious gift. And, I believe we do treasure things later in life that we once took for granted in our youth.


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