Moments . . . the kind that matter . . . last for a lifetime.
These are the moments which reveal the “more-of-God.”
When the moments are strung together, the gift of each day is clear.
At first, the gift may not be seen; however, it’s always there.
It’s the God-promise that Jeremiah wrote down:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that. 12 At that time, you will call out for Me, and I will hear. You will pray, and I will listen. 13 You will look for Me intently, and you will find Me” Jeremiah 29:11-13, Voice.
Jeremiah wrote these words in the hard of life. I’ve learned there’s so much in life easily taken for granted until the hard of life moves in. Without fail, there’s almost a desperation to retrieve what’s been taken for granted. It will never be the same; however, there’s always the potential that it will be better.
We had a string of AWESOME moments this past week. Eight of our nine came home for the long fourth of July weekend. The only thing that would have made it better was, if, Tim could have been with us.
Here’s a glimpse of some of our moments together.
J is for Jack. E is for Ellie. S is for Sydney. M is for Madelyn.
The Olson Four were the first to join us. We had dinner in the quaint town of Independence, Oregon and then spent the evening in the downtown park. The town sets everything aside to celebrate the fourth of July holiday.
Madelyn and Sydney sampled some rides in the park.
The Carter Four came. We decided Saturday would be our home day. We ate, talked, played, and enjoyed being together.
We had dinner with great-grandpa and grandma Carlisle after church on Sunday before we headed back to Independence to enjoy the activities and ice cream.
Madelyn is an amazing girl. She definitely has come into a new season–overseeing the little ones, entering into adult-size conversations, and sharing information that leaves us feeling like we need to study before we talk with her.
Sydney has also come into a new season of life, willing and wanting to try new things with true courage. The one thing that has remained is her little mama’s heart for babies.
Monday, July 4, we had knafeh jibn, one of our family traditions. The kids scheduled a photo shoot for Gregg and I with the little ones. We throughly enjoyed watching them jump up and down and make silly faces to try to make their children smile. I wish we could have had a camera on them.
And, then it was PARADE time.
First up . . . the kids parade!
After the kid’s parade rolled through town, we found a place where the kids could chase after candy and see everything up close.
Baby Jack spent a good portion of our time together doing this:
He’s an incredibly sweet and happy baby.
And. Then. Our time together was over.
Why does time go by so quickly?
It was hard to say good-bye.
Ellie checked the Red Box one more time–a tradition we started years ago–there’s always a surprise in it for our sweet ones. The idea is to give the kids the opportunity to look for the gift of the day.
(More about the Red Box @ https://kickstartyourdaywithgod.com/2012/09/26/the-red-box-gifts-of-the-day/)
I love Ellie’s expression in this picture–classic two year old. She’s a love, already stating her concern for others, wanting to make sure everyone is “OKAY.”
My prayer is that somewhere in the day, you will recount the lasting moments that reveal the gift of the day, the more-of-God, in the good and hard of life–Kerrie
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2016 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)