Sometimes I think back to this girl…the one who, in this picture, is so close in age to my daughter today.
The girl you see here isn’t really so different from the one who dances around my feet each day.
She loved dolls.
She was a bit on the crazy…ahem, adventurous…side. (Gee, I wonder where Mae gets it?)
She looked forward to playing with her friends, going swimming, just enjoying life. Mae does that last one really, really well.
Sometimes it seems like two seconds since I was three (maybe four…not quite sure when this pic was taken) and I wonder where time went. How I went from that to this in a lifetime that passed in about three blinks.
I was thinking this morning as I was in the shower (yes, I do my best thinking in the shower ) that there’s so much I want to tell her. So much I want her to know to prevent heartbreak and disappointment. And I wonder often what I need to tell my daughter so that her life will be the happy of sunshine and daisies all the time.
False reality, I know…or, maybe, that’s just a momma’s heart.
Sweet Mae, the days are going to fly. So quickly.
There are going to be the ones when nothing will get you down, nothing will make you cry, and everything will make you smile and probably turn somersaults because that’s just wonderful you.
There will also be those days when you run to me, arms outstretched, ready for that hug that will hold you tight and shelter you from whatever is breaking your heart. I’ll be there.
And I know there will be those days, too, when you don’t want that hug but want to navigate the world on your own instead, exploring those hidden nooks and corners, searching for whatever it is He has for you. And that’s ok. It’s good. It’s right.
I just pray that you’ll walk with your hand in His no matter where He takes you.
I love you so, so much, my sweet girl. And I wish I’d saved that dress for you, too.
(But that’s another story…maybe for next week.)
Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is the day when I join some sweet friends at Crystal’s space for Behind the Scenes. We’re sharing the silly and sweet and sometimes-tear-jerking moments that happen behind the camera lens…I hope you’ll take some time and pop over to read some great stories.
Social media and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We’re edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves (or so some might think!) when – in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It’s because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner.
“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it.