Monday, March 24, 2008

24 Hour Parenting

When you are a parent
a lot can happen in 24 hours
a pretty Easter dress
where we smile at the beauty You painted in her face
with the colors of our passed down DNA

eggshell masterpieces hidden in shoes and a decorated top bunk

where she painted beauty to make us smile

and search the house to say how how proud we were
a spontaneous original song called "God Knows Best"

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rocking out to daddy's mad beat-boxing skills
where we laugh so hard it hurts our cheeks and bellies
as we realized we've given birth to the Wayne Brady of 5 year olds
and learned how much she loves what we love
But then . . .

then 3:30 am we hear a cry from her room
six hours of holding her steamy head
as Easter dinner returned, I liked it better the first time

cold washcloths to ease the 105 degrees
prayers pouring out like fever reducer in teaspoons
where we tried to love her like You love us
the highs and lows of parenting
reminding me of Your constancy
in the highs and lows, twists and turns
of our roller coaster lives

in one month

our friends the Sagarsees

will begin the ride of parenting

I pray they find new ways to trust You

in the highs and lows

as they discover a whole new meaning to the phrase

"in Your image"

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him." Psalm 103:13


Sarah Koutz said...

You are such a good mommy. Hug Lauren for me and tell her to feel better soon.

Kyle and Jeannette are going to be great parents. I love those guys.

michellewegner said...

I hope Lauren is feeling better...and that you guys don't get whatever it was that she had. Belle had a 106 temperature once. That was one of the scariest times ever as a parent!
Her Easter dress was lovely, and NOT babyish. :0)

Amy Rembold said...

Shawn and I just listened to Lauren's song. All Shawn could say is WOW, you'd never know she's only 5.We just love your kid!!

gregsmith said...

Tell Lauren that Uncle greg and Aunt Sherry thinks she is uniquely and wonderfully made (and she sings good, too)...:)

Kristin, God is doing an awesome work through you and Cody.

We love you.