I want to share 3 photos with you. The first was taken my first year in Wisconsin - 2005. I was newly married, 2 months pregnant, and trying to help the boys adjust to our new life.
Wow-my boys look so young, especially Tanner. He's still got a baby look about him. Gotta love those pre-puberty years! Now, here is our family photo from last year:
The older ones have not changed all that much, and Levi is taller, but at this point, my Noah was not even walking yet! He had not even lived an entire year. I was still nursing him! Kinda makes my heart ache! Those innocent, little faces!!
Look at the difference in my family in just 3 short years! What experiences we've all been through those 3 years.
Now, here is a picture taken last month in a disastrous attempt at a family portrait. Sweet little innocent Noah is almost 2 and he was showing it the day we attempted this:
Why am I sharing this? Well, if you have children, you know how quickly they grow up. Time sits still for no one. Not a single one of us know what may happen in the following year! Believe me on this - Wisconsin is the last place I thought I would end up! Having more children? Not a chance, I thought! It just goes to show that we have to make the most of each and every day. Never take things for granted, and always let our loved ones know we care for them. Is this easy to do? No, which is why it is probably always on my mind. Even with losing a husband and vowing to never take anyone for granted ever again, I find myself doing the exact same thing only 6 short years later! Why is that? What about our humanness causes these things?
I hope I typed something here that will help you and make you better appreciate your loved ones. I promise next week, I'll have some crafts made or something to share more than my musings! That is if I don't get the stomach bug that Dan just got over! Yuck.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: James 4:14 "What is your life? It is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away."