Miranda is growing up so fast, and I want to treasure all of these moments I have with her. I want her to look back at her childhood and see it as having been filled with love and joy and learning. I know it’s inevitable that she’ll experience hurt and suffering – and even that she will grow through those things and be a better person for them and know God more fully because of them. Paul writes in Romans 5:2-5, “Through [Christ] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” To be totally honest, though, as her mother, I want to protect her from pain. I don’t want her to have to feel hurts. It’s probably a good thing that God is in charge, and I am not!
I want to take these moments that I have with her, though, and infuse them with beauty and joy – I think God calls us to that and offers it to us, too. I can very easily get bogged down in the lists of tasks to accomplish and bills that need to be paid, but I think it’s also important to take time to love and enjoy and celebrate life with my baby girl, and today was a good day for that.
After lunch today, I got to introduce Miranda to the wonder of bubbles 🙂
And then after Miranda’s afternoon nap, she “helped” me bake bread (from a safe distance, of course).
All in all, today was a good day with a few tasks accomplished but also more than a few special moments to treasure.