Way Too Fast (and a WINNER!!)

First, the winner of the $50 CSN gift certificate is...
#37 Carol 

Carol said... I sugested to some of my friends to be a fan of Hope for Bravehearts,Anne, Charlotte, Autumn,Julie. carolhinze...
Congrats Carol!  

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Today Derrick decided that he didn't want to take a nap.  The ten minute nap he had in the car was enough to sustain him (or so he thought).  When 5:00 rolled around my guy was pretty tired, but I've learned my lesson the hard way about those late afternoon naps!  

So in a last attempt to keep him awake for a little while longer, I let him enjoy his absolute favorite game...

playtime on the stairs.
 He had a blast!  When we made it to the top of the stairs about fifteen minutes later, he made his way into the playroom and had a ball entertaining himself. 
 He practiced being just like Daddy.

  He played with his absolute favorite, a "bop-ka-sk."

It's obvious why he loves them so much.  "Bop-ka-sk" are such versatile toys as they provide both great seating and great boosting.

Today as I watched D play all by himself, talking up a storm, it hit me.
 These soft little feet that are magnets for my trash piles while sweeping,

and the tiny little hands that want to 'touch' everything, especially when they're sticky or wet,

won't be so soft and tiny for long. 

I'm thankful that today the dishes didn't get done during nap time, and my to-do list didn't get any shorter.

Nap time or not, the dishes are never finished, and the to-do list only gets longer.  But this sweet little guy isn't going to be walking up to me pulling on my legs wanting to play with me forever. 

I won't always be his best friend.  But I won't let these moments pass by.  The best thing in the world is when he sits in my lap as I read book after book, or those silly faces we make at each other in the delirium of the minutes before bed time and the snuggles that follow. 

I refuse to look back and wish we would have played more, laughed more...

To My Grown Up Son
by Alice E. Chase

My hands were busy through the day,
I didn't have much time to play
The little games you asked me to,
I didn't have much time for you.

I'd wash your clothes; I'd sew and cook,
But when you'd bring your picture book
And ask me, please, to share your fun,
I'd say, "A little later, son."

I'd tuck you in all safe at night,
And hear your prayers, turn out the light,
Then tiptoe softly to the door,
I wish I'd stayed a minute more.

For life is short, and years rush past,
A little boy grows up so fast,
No longer is he at your side,
His precious secrets to confide.

The picture books are put away,
There are no children's games to play,
No goodnight kiss, no prayers to hear,
That all belongs to yesteryear.

My hands once busy, now lie still,
The days are long and hard to fill,
I wish I might go back and do,
The little things you asked me to.

"Children are a gift from the Lord: they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like sharp arrows in a warrior's hands. How happy is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates."  
Psalm 127: 3-5
Truly a gift...that grows up way too fast!



  1. He is seriously one of the cutest little boys I have ever seen! Those eyes are just adorable!

    You are so right...they grow up way too quickly! Thanks for the reminder! :o)

  2. I am very excited to be the winner of the $50.00 gift certificate, I am sure I will fine something nice to get with it. I will let you know when I decide. Carol Hinze

  3. Aw, so sweet. And so true. Every time Andrew pulls me somewhere with him and begs me to play, I can't help but remember how fast he's growing too. It is just unbelieveable. Love the pics of D playing with his trains- made me think of Andrew...AGAIN! :P I swear they could be twins! :)
    (Oh and the no napping thing, too!)

    Jen, Craig & Andrew

  4. I love seeing your little boy so very full of life and playful. I saw your comment on Jill's recent blog post and couldn't help but think of the path that begins for her family tomorrow, and how soon we will be there ourselves. None of us knows how these stories will turn out, but I'm so thankful to see a little boy like Derrick who has been through so much playing, smiling, laughing, and thriving like he is. It definitely gives me a lot of hope.

    Blessings & peace,
    Kirsten :o)

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