If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever. Winnie the Pooh

Monday, May 30, 2011

But Time Went By....

My children are curious beings. They love me fiercely and yet I see them as they take tentative steps away; testing out what the world has to offer. One of Claire's favorite books is The Giving Tree. A story about a boy who grows up and leaves his 'tree'. Claire's eyes would tear up as we would talk about what the line: '...time went by' meant. But I don't want time to go by...I don't want to get old! That's what she used to say. Now she's planning her future: what she'll be, where she'll live. Time certainly does go by. And for that reason, I try to cherish each milestone instead of wishing them on to the next stage. Just yesterday it seems like my sweet twins Madeline and Maxwell were born. And yet, time went by....

Today is Madeline's birthday. She turns two. She is still the same baby I met 2 years ago and yet she has added layers of beautiful complexity to her. Madeline is kind, gentle, strong-spirited, curious, smart, a leader in our house....
Dear Madeline, this is for you:

I am thinking it's a sign
That the freckles in our eyes
Are mirror images and when we kiss
They're perfectly aligned

Barbara LeGere Photography

Today is Max's birthday. He also turns two. He is still very much my baby and yet walks around with his funny tough-guy attitude. Max is playful, sensitive, a follower of his big sisters, a tender-hearted boy.
Max, for you:

And I have to speculate
That God Himself did make us
Into corresponding shapes
Like puzzle pieces from the clay
Barbara LeGere Photography

You are both growing so fast. Sometimes a mom's wish is to slow time down (it is my wish on many days), and yet I know the best thing is to encourage you as you grow and watch you soar in this big world of ours. I see the two of you doing amazing things and cannot wait to celebrate each birthday with you both....
For the two of you:

They will see us waving from such great heights
Come down now, they'll say
But everything looks perfect from far away
Come down now but we'll stay

*Lyrics by iron & wine: such great heights