You are...

No matter how it seems sometimes
behind my weary eyes and sighs,
I love being with you. You are perspective and pure joy.

You are bringing me to my knees,
exactly where I need to be.

You are beautiful, just as you are.

You are me. You are Daddy.
You are yourself, and that's my favorite part.
You are ours. You are His.

You are light and grace and warmth,
all wrapped up in skin and bone.
You are forgiving and unconditional.
You are examples to me of how to live.

Because you are everything I may have forgotten.
Things all covered up by the hardness of living.
freedom, joy, peace, dreams...you are.

You smell like it. You live it. You exude it.
You are love.
They say I'll want these days back,
They go all too fast.

But I'm starting to realize I won't.
No, not the days.
I admit they're too hard and I'm tired.
I won't want the days.

But these tiny versions of you?
Yes, I will certainly miss those at times.
And I may even want you back this way.

But I'm looking forward to new versions of you,
to learning more of who you are.
More than all of that,
the looking back and the looking ahead.
I want to be here with you today.
With who you are, right now.

(I've heard there's a problem with stupid blogger--that's why you can't comment. Thank you for your emails! You guys are the best)

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Lara said...

I'm glad you fixed the comments. I've been annoyed this morning!

I really loved this post. I feel this way so often. I just want to freeze time with my kids, but I also can't wait to see them grow to be wonderful adults.

Thanks for sharing it.

charrette said...

Beautiful! Both the images, the words, and the love behind them.

Keyona said...

Well this post made my heart swell. Beautifully put. My baby's 5th birthday is coming and I plan to blog about it but can't seem to stop tearing up when I think about how fast she's growing. Aren't kids great.

LisAway said...

This is so lovely. So wonderfully expressed. Such a tear jerker. It's going in my sidebar.

I love your, "not the DAYS. . .but the. . .versions of you."

You have such a wonderful way of putting things.

Kimberly said...

Way to make get all sniffly Heather. That was beautiful.

K and/or K said...

Love these pictures!

radioactive girl said...

This is very beautiful!

Jessica said...

This is beautiful. Love it.

Anonymous said...

Glad you were able to fix the comment problem. I stopped by earlier and I read and thought it. beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Brooke said...

I thought this was so special. Thank you for making us realize what the important things are.

Jillene said...

This was AMAZING!! I loved it!!

l e a h said...

This was delightful to read.

Debbie said...

You have somehow managed to get in words what we all feel but can't express. Thanks for linking to this. And for joining in.

afiori said...

Aww, this is so incredibly sweet. I don't have children and have no particular longing to have them, but this makes me see a glimpse of what would probably feel good about having a child..

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