ALL THE LITTLE THINGS
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I wanted so many big things for my children when they were younger.
in their grown up lives apart from me~
I want all the little things for them.
I want all the little things for their children.
Small things that don’t merit recognition. Insignificant moments that turn into beautiful memories.
When my adult children get together, their accomplishments aren’t the topic of conversation. Their fulfilled goals aren’t what fills the room with laughter.
The memories they have of home are what brings beauty.
Building forts under the piano.
Hide and seek with daddy.
Playing in the mud an hour before church. (and getting in trouble for it)
Walking on a snow covered street at midnight with mom.
Making chocolate chip cookies, pancakes every Saturday and birthday dinners.
Getting up on Thanksgiving morning to gather wood for a cozy fire.
Practicing “waking up” on Christmas morning.
Growing up in church.
Bringing others to Jesus.
Watermelon and swing sets.
French fries and long talks.
Evening swimming at the lake.
Redeemable coupons for hugs and kisses.
Camping in the backyard.
Hunting with daddy.
Baking with mom.
Roasting marshmallows and making s’mores at the cottage.
Jr. camp and The Beach.
Bike rides and sleigh rides.
Snuggling on the couch.
Just Being together.
Twenty years from now, as my children sit with their spouse or with their children~ those are the things I want for them. Those are the memories I want them to hold close.
I don’t want them to miss out on all the little things while chasing what they believe are the big things.
I want those little things to live on in the hearts of my children.
The joy of home.
The joy of just being together.
The joy of Jesus.
That is the joy I want them to experience.
My children are all grown now.
They have families of their own.
Looking back, one of the most important things I’ve learned is that the things this world says are so important~those big things~ aren’t what’s truly important for your children.
The ONLY big thing our children need is Jesus.
Jesus and all those little things that make life beautiful.
Ecclesiastes 2:24, 3:11, 13, 5:18-20, 11:9