Today my kids were fighting.
Probably because I was trying to respond to an email + not paying attention.
I could hear them arguing down the hall in Katelyn’s room.
They were trying to express their frustration to each other.
Our home is small, one level, with wood floors and a raised foundation so noise travels.
There was no screaming or crying, but I heard Brayden tell Katelyn she made him sad. I heard Katelyn say, “I don’t want you to be sad, you’re my best friend.”
And he responded, “yes that’s right sissy, I’m your best friend and you’re my best friend.”
Then she said sorry and he said sorry.
By the time I had made it down the hallway they were embracing one another.
The fight was over and they were all smiles.
They had solved it themselves, without my help.
It left me feeling all too quickly my kids are growing.
Developing personalities of their own.
They push the boundaries.
And no not all days are easy, but…
There’s a passion that flows through them that’s so incredibly evident.
When I look at Katelyn, I’m in awe of her.
She’s funny, smart and kind.
For being still so little, she is a big helper.
Kind to everyone and more often than not puts others before herself.
I truly believe God has an incredible calling on her life.
She’s reminds me so much of this print by Jane Heinrichs.
A girl after her mama’s heart.
Loves girly things + being with her Mama.
Obsessed with clothes, shoes and purses.
Willing to march to the beat of her own drummer.
She’s a true leader.
With the big 5 around the corner, I’m once again reminded how important these moments are.
How quality time + words of affirmation daily do matter.
It’s not enough to simply say I love you.
There need to be words followed by action.
Time taken out of busy days to set aside the computer and be present.
And with Brayden, my little Brayden.
Whose strong + coming into his own.
Figuring out how to become his own person + come out of his sister shadow.
His smile melts me daily.
Those dimples!! *sigh
They might be the death of me.
He’s my adventurous one.
You can see his curiousity and love for life in the light of his eyes.
Some days I wish I had a glimpse into his thoughts,
to hear all that he’s thinking, dreaming, wanting from life.
I know he’s only 3 and half, but I know God’s already speaking into his life.
It’s beautiful to watch.
Summer is right around the corner and we’re already planning, dreaming of the free time.
Sleeping in, long walks, swimming, beach days, play dates… oh my.
I want to take this summer and live + dream with them.
I want to bottle up all the memories we make before we’re staring Kindergarten in the face.
It’s going to be a time of adventure, time together + being purposeful with one another.