Monday, October 29, 2012

the gift of today

I want to learn to live slow.

Time is a gift, these moments are gift and I want to unwrap, engage, enter in to what God has for me here…now. These moments I am given to invest in a child are precious, and I am in awe that God would entrust me with them. How long the opportunity will last…I don’t know.  All I am really promised is this day.

Ann Voskamp says, “I only live the full life when I live fully in the moment.” It is true. When I open my heart to deep love and simultaneously to tearing pain, I am receiving the gift that God is

I write lists and give thanks and I treasure these moments…

Darling Chinese girlie, born in China and somehow I am blessed to be her teacher!!...feeding her doll like the perfect little mother

Sweet girl with bouncing blonde curls and shining eyes, handing me a letter covered in stickers and glue

Tall, brown-eyed boy filled with possibilities and unusual depth for a four-year-old, intent on creating this perfectly symmetrical structure with wooden blocks

Spontaneous “Miss Rosanne? I love you” from a precious child who might soon be forced to walk out of my life, leaving footprints that feel like gaping holes

His sweet mealtime prayer, “Thank You that You love us. Thank You for the sunshine. Thank You for this food. Thank You that You love us!"