{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

 ~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life, as inspired by the women at Like Mother, Like Daughter~


Every now and then, as I’m going about my daily activities, I’m struck by how beautiful my girls are – how beautiful all children are, really. The rounded curve of a baby’s cheek. The dark lashes falling on fair skin. The rosy red glow of health. The unbridled joy, the crazy silliness, the fits of giggles. The enthusiasm for life and all it has to offer. The wonder at a worm, or a bird at the feeder, or a trash truck on its rounds.

They are beautiful, these children of mine, and I’m grateful for the times when I am stopped in my tracks, awestruck by these lives entrusted to me.


My sister Nicole welcomed a sweet baby girl to her family last week, which is happy news indeed. We went to visit the newest addition in the hospital, and Katie was enamored: so long as there was a baby to hold, she wasn’t interested in eating, or playing, or anything else. (Photo credit for this one goes to my sister Steph, who captured one of the best photos of Katie on record).

Katie and Abby have a plethora of cousins who are right about the same age, another happy fact, and one which makes for much fun and much chaos at gatherings with extended family.


Oh, Abby. She’s a talkative one, this girl is. More and more, she’s inserting consonant sounds into her babble, but when I try to get her to say, “Mama,” she gives me a big grin and says, “Da! Da! Da!”


Spring time means allergy time, at least for me. This year, with all of its rain, was shaping up to be a doozy. I saw an allergist about a month ago, who recommended various things to try – including a daily sinus rinse. After seeing me perform this not-so-dignified task multiple times, Katie decided she needed to “clean [her] nose like Mama.”

It’s a sobering thing, to be the mother (read: main example of how to live life, at least for the moment) for two small humans. Rinsing her sinuses (which really only amounted to getting the bottom of her nostrils wet) is a small thing, cute and funny and generally harmless, but it reminded me of the weight of this duty, this responsibility. They’re watching, always watching, these girls are. Praise God for His grace, for filling in where I fall short.

Those are the {pretty, happy, funny, real} moments around here this week. How about you? Share in the comments!

1 response to "{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}"

  1. By: Dave Greer Posted: May 11, 2017

    There is absolutely nothing you could be doing that would be more important than being a mother to these girls.

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