Thursday, June 16, 2011

Milestones Missed...

"There have been so many sacrifices made that can never fully be acknowledged, never even fully known. So many families separated for multiple tours of duty, so many moments missed - birthdays, anniversaries - minute milestones that make up a family's history." - Anderson Cooper on the War on Terror

With "Boo's" 1st birthday yesterday, my hubby's birthday today, and Father's Day just around the corner, it is easy to dwell on all the milestones missed.  It breaks my heart that my dear husband is not here to watch our girlies grow.  
"Boo" is learning new things everyday.  Yesterday she crawled up to me with a feather and went "tic, tic, tic" (tickle) to me.  In the past week she has climbed into her rocking chair by herself, crawled into the ball pit, colored her first picture, and said numerous new words.  She celebrated her first birthday and got a brand new "big girl" car seat (she's not sure what she thinks of that!).  She is so close to taking her first steps.

 "M" is turning into a little girl.  She is talking in sentances and telling stories.  She rides a tricycle all by herself and is becoming quite the little fish in the pool.  She goes around the house quoting bible verses and singing "Jesus loves me".  She gives the best hugs and loves being silly.  She is oh so very curious, eager to learn, and wants to photograph every new experience.

On days like today I remember and reflect.  What (or who) holds these fragments of life together? What is my source of joy and contentment?  Where does my hope come from?

"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." ~Colossians 1:15-20

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