my how time flies my darling

If there's anything that can be said after now having five children, it's this:

I know how fast time flies.

It feels like just yesterday I held my first baby in my arms, nursed twins through sleepless nights, and rocked a squirming Legend.

They grow in a blink, their tiny, cuddly bodies grow tall and heavy in my arms.

The best advice I ever received as a new mother was to cherish every single minute--especially the sleepless nights.

They won't last forever (even though it feels like it's been seven years since I've had a good night's rest).

Those twelve, two, and four a.m. mommy and baby appointments are once in a lifetime chances to hold my baby close, nourish that tiny body with my own love and warmth and pray the kinds of prayers only mothers up all night can pray.

This is  meant to be taken slowly.
And I'm not rushing anything.

Time moves too quickly as it is.

As chaotic as life can get with five children, I'm learning not to rush.

To live in the moment and to love in the moment.

That's been my prayer of late.

Story Grace.

Ah, she's brought sweet grace to our home already.

Grace that I'm learning to take hold of with both hands and cling to like the life saver it is.
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8
I'll take it, Lord!  All Grace. 

And speaking of the greatest gifts that come for free,
I've been dying to share pictures of a package I got in the mail   
the day before Story was born.
It  had been a hard morning.
And then this showed up on my doorstep.
The most lovely package from a dear friend, Mary at Finding Healthy Hope.
And it blessed my socks off.
We've never met in person, only through our blogs, but 
she gets me.

Just look at all the darling things she sent!

How creative are these felt and stick arrows?  Five arrows bound up with a tag that read:  Psalm  127:4.
"Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth"
And God reminded me all over again what a tremendous blessing children are.
(remember, it had been one of those days and I really needed this reminder!) 

And I could rave on and on and on about these adorable crocheted baby mocs.
Mary's sweet daughter Elly made these and I am in love with them!

Love this sweet baby afghan.

And this.

Yes, Lord.

It says it all.

Everything I want my heart to say.

What a gift from a truly beautiful friend.

I am blessed.

My heart is so full of thankfulness for the friends and family I have.

For warm meals from dear hearts and for the body of Christ, his church, an extension of his love.


Serena said...

What a blessing these words are! Hearing a mother of 5 say not to rush, is encouraging for this mother of 2! Also, I've always thought there is something sacred about those late night/early morning feedings!
Oh and I LOOOVE those arrows!

Weza said...

beautiful post. Im glad to hear you are soaking in the slow. Those precious moments go so fast. My twins are nearly seven and my baby nears two. Blink of an eye... savour every moment. xx

Southern Gal said...

Yes. You are so blessed to know that truth - time passes by so quickly. Children make us realize that more than any other thing in our lives. Now that I have granddaughters I try to enjoy every single moment and remind their mama of the fact that they will be grown before she can blink an eye. Don't blink.

That gift package is so, so beautiful. What a sweet friend!

mandi said...


such sweetness.

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

congrats, congrats, congrats! i knew when i hadn't seen you posting that this sweet little had finally arrived! hugs and blessings! ;)

Mary said...

JOYE, you look amazing!!! so pretty!
and that sweet baby...well, she is just precious!
it's such a blessing and honor to work for the Lord. so thankful He worked it all out so perfectly. :)

vintage grey said...

So beautiful, and Story is absolutely precious!! Love all your sweet gifts!! Blessings, Heather

lauren said...

soaking in baby goodness here and taking it sloooow as well. oh the wisdom of having many. :) you look absolutely lovely inside and out. the look of a new momma in love with her babe is breathtaking. :)

Kelly said...

Time flies so fast. We must cherish every moment. Your gifts are just lovely, and you girls look beautiful in these photos.

Kate Ferguson said...

Very beautiful! Cherishing the moment is so wonderful and so hard at the same time! Praying for lots of time to love on those littles you have!!

BARBIE said...

What a beautiful post, and lovely gifts! Story is just precious!

Lauren said...

Oh my word!!! What a beautiful baby girl!!!!! So happy for you!! That gift package is just amazing. So very special! Sending prayers and love your way!

Sarah Ann said...

She is gorgeous! And what a gift! It fits your style perfectly and it's so thoughtful.
Staying up at night is such a precious thing we're given as mothers. Your perspective is such a blessing to me, friend!


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