To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Friday, August 26, 2011

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'

...into the future. Remember that old song by the Steve Miller Band? It's okay if you don't. It just sort of popped up and started playing in my head as I watched the two oldest girls head off to their first day of school this morning. Why do they grow up so fast?
Yesterday my friend Jennifer reminded me how life is moving in and out of seasons. I'm just wondering how I can have snow in spring time with the hot summer sun shining down while being cooled with the crispness of an autumn breeze? I guess that's just the way it goes with kids in different stages of life in my life.
Sarah is definitely our autumn. We've done the planting and nurturing and now we're beginning to see some of the fruits of our labor. While there is certainly work yet to be done it's tinged with the excitement that comes with seeing what you've been working towards coming to fruition. The young woman she will be is losing the shadows and taking on more shape and form. Her character and the woman she's growing to be is becoming more defined.
Emily is my springtime. She's like the flower that is just poking through the soil and lifting her face towards the sun. The girl who bragged about how long she managed to go between baths a few short months ago has metamorphosed into a young lady suddenly concerned with fixing and doing her hair. She looked so adorable with pink and green sponge rollers poking out all haphazardly on her head last night. Such a sweet happy time but also one that requires a diligent watch to guard against the weeds that will want to spring up in her heart.
I'd say that Sam and Abby are in the midst of winter. In some ways things have gone dormant but the reality check is to remember that they're storing up energy and resting for their own upcoming springs. I'm learning the importance of making sure that the ground stays insulated and doesn't frost over with neglect just because it doesn't seem like much is going on.
Claire is of course summer. All burning curiosity soaking up everything around her. Making sure the waters of  discipline are just the right amount is key with her season. Not enough and her roots will scorch and shrivel up. Too much and we'll wash away the ground she needs to grow strong and deep.
It can be kind of overwhelming to view all the different nuances at once. But part of the joy of bigger families is that you can be too busy to dwell on the differences too have to just keep living life. So while it's good to recognize the various stages and seasons it is best to remember what Daniel said in chapter two verses twenty through twenty three:

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.

He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;

he reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him.

To you, O God of my fathers,
I give thanks and praise..."


Traci said...

Beautifully written, the description of your children as seasons made me cry! Beautiful!