Taking in the slow one bit at a time
The minutes tick, the seconds slow,
the clock goes round, that which I know.
The days are hard,
My patience thin,
I long to breathe a sigh of relief again.
My eyes are weary, my heart is worn,
To be a mother, always torn.
Torn between seeking relaxation, rest and ease,
And yet knowing there is a calling much higher than these.
For little hands and little hearts seek constant attention, constant love,
Tantrums and selfishness and lessons must begin.
The days are long, the hours ticking by,
I see you mama out there, I hear your cries.
I know the road is lonely, the path is narrow,
But know that you are worth it,
Your impact is eternal.
The hard work you choose, constantly pressing in, pushing past exhaustion, attending to emotional and physical needs,
It's eternal, the weight important, the cost valuable, the memories irreplaceable.
So forget not to fight with all you can, all you have within you, to press on dear mama.
I know the days are long and the hours are ticking by, but you are seen sweet friend,
Your work is not in vain.
It is worth it. Eternity is being invested in.
Soaking in the Seasons
The Wilson family is one of those families that knows the joys of resting within the slow, soaking in these seasons of the younger years with children, and adjusting to all that is held there. There is an overwhelming peace about them. Have they known trials, of course! But they have also known unspeakable joy. Lauren is so great at bending of herself to address the needs of her children, and this quiet strength shines through her. Living in the country themselves, this open space was like their safe haven, their comfort ground. They were free and in each other's arms and all was well. From the tender stroking of hair, to joyful dancing, rich love was experienced here, and I was just the joyful bystander. To witness these moments unfolding before my camera, well it is truly the greatest gift! May we each take some slower breaths this week, and remember that this gift of family is truly a gift. Messy and hard, but worth it.
I hope all of you mothers out there truly know the incredibly impact you are making within your children's lives. You are rich treasures, far more valuable than you could ever know!!
Letter to the Wilson Family
You guys, the truest form of love rests within you. You seek to know and follow the Lord with your heart, and that shines through with your children as well. A peace falls on you, and there is patience beyond words with your children. Lauren and Taylor, you put each other first, and that flows over into security and safe affirmation for Emma and Ellie. There is so much beauty resting within the gentle spaces of your family and it was just a delight to see it unfold before me.
Lauren- my dear Lauren. The years we have known together as friends, and your heart has only grown stronger, more compassionate and kind. You are one of the gentlest, and yet driven women I know. You seek the Lord with all your heart and leave nothing to waste. You are head over heals in love with your sweet Taylor and the way you affirm and love him is so beautiful. You are so patient with your girls, affirming them over and over again, intentional and wise in leading them up in the ways of the Lord. Your heart grows beyond your years sweet one, and I just cannot believe that I get to call you friend. Thank you for all these years, and what a joy it is to walk through motherhood together.
Emma- Oh what a little caretaker you are! Following in your mamas footsteps. You love little Ellie so well and she is so lucky to have you as her sister. You are confident in your own and with a tender heart, you will move mountains one day. You will be a heart changer sweet one.
Ellie- So full of adventure and on the move!! I love how little you are and yet it does not stop you one bit!! Your little smile is so incredibly sweet. You are so adored by your entire family. They are sure to love and lead you well!
Taylor- I love how go with the flow you are. You truly rest in each moment, allowing it to come to you as it may and responding within it. You are a constant peace for your family to lean into and rely upon. You love Lauren so so well and that radiates from your relationship. Your girls are just smitten with you! You are the best daddy to them! Thank you so much for the way you serve your family and your community. It truly does not go unnoticed.
The days may be slow mamas, but your impact is eternal.
Ephesians 5:16 "Making the most of every opportunity, for the says are evil."
Satan is trying to steal your joy, numb your efforts, instill your exhaustion. But may we endure the fight, pick up our armor and love well, invest well, fight well for these children of ours. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and don't give up dear one. This journey isn't over yet, and your progress is coming. Keep fighting dear sister.
~Rooting for you,