How many times have I heard that??
"Savor each moment with your kids when they are young. It goes by so fast!"
I know, heard that a gazillion times, too.
But it's really sinking in for me.
If you know me well, then you have likely heard me proclaim that I will NEVER, EVER make a scrapbook. Cuz I'm just not that type of organized gal. Our pictures are all stored online, and I think the last one I had printed was four years ago.
Emma left today for church camp, (more on that later), and Clara wanted somthing to pass the time while she was away. So I enrolled her in a three day scrapbooking class this week. The trick is -- (get this.....) -- she has to bring 24 printed pictures with her. Imagine that!!
I spent the past hour or two online, looking through pictures of the last 7 years of our family's life. I felt absolutely transported back in time. Back to the days when I had two tiny little girls with shiny white hair, huge smiles and matching dimples that would melt your heart.
I saw pictures of fancy Christmas dresses, princess Halloween costumes, birthdays, and first days of school. Matching pink outfits. Ballet class. Tea parties. Welcoming baby brother to the world. A happy family.
A Blessed Family.
I reminiced with teary eyes. I wanted so badly to reach through the computer, into those photographs, and hug those precious little girls. My goodness, how time flies.
There is a big part of me that misses them being so little. And yet I'm so proud of the wonderful young ladies they are. They are beautiful, inside and out. They love God. They love each other, and their family. They are kind, and funny, and smart and thoughtful. And I wouldn't change a thing.
It was impossible to pick just 24 pictures from Clara's life. What a wonderful life God has given her (and all of us) so far!
The trip down memory lane was good for my heart. It's made me almost burst with thankfulness. And it's reminded me to savor each moment. Right here and now. Because pretty soon, today will be a memory, too.