Monday, February 13, 2012

Beauty That Can Take Your Breath Away

There are ordinary things around us that are full of beauty.

The beauty in a sunrise.

The beauty in a delicious  homecooked meal.

The beauty in being reminded of what God can (and does) do.

The beauty in the eyes of your child.


Sometimes it's the beauty you find when you see the heart of your husband, laid out for the world to see.

Sometimes its the beauty in remembering where you should be finding your joy.

Sometimes its the beauty you find after a long weekend, in a box full of toys.

You know those moments when you're doing a mundane task and time seems to stand still? I had one of those moments and it was so overwhelming, it took my breath away.

I was picking up the toys in our living room at night after a long weekend of indoors playing since the Hubby got his wisdom teeth taken out. To be honest, I was completely frustrated because I was tired, Hubby was still not feeling well, I was about to go to bed when I realized the living room was COVERED in toys. I was begrudgingly tossing them all into a basket and thinking "Gosh, there isn't enough room in this darn basket for all Reese's things!" when all of a sudden it felt like I was slapped in the face.

HOW BLESSED AM I?

First and foremost, I have this little girl who I do not deserve and there are so many would be mother's with empty arms. That fact alone would make me drop to my knees. And on top of that, I had this box FULL of memories and love.


Like the frog Hubby bought at the grocery store at 7am the morning after we found out we were pregnant with Reese. We found out a few hours before Hubby had to work a graveyard shift. We were so happy and so freaked out that when he walked out the door to work all night I was still reeling. Imagine my surprise when he came home that next morning with bagels (my fav), a bouquet, and this little toy. He loved her from that first moment and couldn't wait to spoil her.

There are toys from our family and friends in that box. There's the monkey one of Hubby's coworkers gave us because she loved Reese from the beginning, too. The teapot Hubby's grandparent's gave Reese at Christmas. Books and toys from both of our mothers and our siblings.

There is the strange yellow doll that supposedly sings but sounds more like a scream to me. This toy was given to Reese by our nephew who was gone for far too long. He has another one just like it and thought Reese loved it so she could have it. I've prayed for that kid harder this year than I've prayed for anyone outside of this Family and to see to have him here, loving my daughter, is more than I could have hoped for.

I know to you it might seem like just a box of toys. It seems like that to me most of the time, too. But not last night.

Last night, I saw friends and family.

I saw hopes and dreams and answered prayers.

I saw all the love that surrounds my daughter and our Family.

And I'm telling you, it takes my breath away.

33 comments:

  1. what a beautiful post! and you are right your daughter's eyes are very beautiful. and i love what you said about finding beauty in the journey, that is harder to see when the journey may be hard and painful but there is always beauty that can be found

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  2. this post is so sweet and precious, what a good perspective to have. you are blessed! :) we all are, if we take the time to look around and see what God has graciously given to us!

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  3. you are such a beautiful person. i am so happy for all that God has blessed you with!!

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  4. this is the most beautiful thing I've read today. I love these moments when God shows up SO clearly and reminds us how much he blesses us every day. My mentor used to say when she had to come home on her lunch break to iron her husband's shirts and was so tired, she would pray to god "thank you Lord that I have a husband to iron shirts for after 30 years of being with me" its that attitude of gratitude (ha didnt mean to rhyme!) that the Lord asks of us! so good for you for realizing He was nudging you in that moment to thank Him and realize how blessed you are :)

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  5. Thanks for the beautiful reminder to slow down, appreciate, and give THANKS to God for all the gifts He has given us! We too often take them for granted.

    The story of the froggy toy is beyond precious.

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  6. And THAT is what love is. Thank you for your beautiful post! My husband and have never celebrated Valentine's Day, because it doesn't make sense to us. We don't hate on it, but it's not our cup of tea.

    My wish is that people give love as much as they do today every single day of the year.

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  7. This is the sweetest post!! Aww! Almost makes me tear up to hear about all your blessing and to hear how loved your little girl is! Sometimes in the shuffle of life we forget how blessed we are and it's always great to get a reminder :)

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  8. Found your blog via the Linky follower Blog hop,...Am now following your cute blog. Hope you will stop by and say hi. Maybe follows as well:>

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

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  9. simply lovely. you are definitely blessed.

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  10. *tears!* Great post!! I love how God will open our eyes to how blessed we really are when we most need it:)

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  11. this is such a wonderful post xo what a beautiful life! xo

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  12. so, so beautiful! call me preggo and emotional, i'm totally bawling right now!!! thanks for linking up, dear friend xoxo

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  13. I loved this post. It really resonated with my heart. Praise the Lord for those amazing moments with Him...anywhere, anytime. I want to keep my eyes and heart open for more of these moments with Him. Thanks for sharing!
    Alesha <3
    http://tobless.blogspot.com/

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  14. thank you so much for sharing this! I need to just stop and remember this more often! No matter what problems I may have I'm blessed.

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  15. I was randomly perusing blogs and read this post. Brought tears to my eyes! Simply beautiful :)

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  16. I'm here from SITS Girls -- Happy SITS Day, Ashley! This is the second post I've read on your blog, and I'm loving it. You have such a beautiful way of expressing your love for both your hub and bub! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog.

    You're right about beauty: Sometimes, we have to see the "God appointments" the Lord gives us in the every day. Like your box of toys, things like hand-me-down kitchen appliances and wall paintings speak to me about how my mom might have felt, fixing her first home more than 30 years ago -- I'm HER, sort of, finding my way around married life and motherhood. I love how you saw in that toybox a microcosm of your world as a mom. It's beautiful.

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  17. Over from The SITS Girls...beautiful post! We all need to remember to take time and appreciate the beauty in our lives.

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  18. It's funny where you find the feeling of love and belonging. Today, it's a box of toys; tomorrow it may be a letter of a home cooked meal. Love is all around you, like love. So enjoy it to ehe fullest.

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  19. It is amazing how easily we forget the beauty that surrounds us every moment! Thanks for reminding me of that with this beautiful post!

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  20. Lovely ~

    and such an adorable girl...

    happy SITS day =))

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  21. What a lovely post. Beauty IS in the ordinary - I so agree. Beauty is being "in tune" enough to hear that whispering of spirit that reminds you what is important and that blessings surround you. Simply lovely.

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  22. May we all be blessed with the simple, the ordinary, the love, the blessings.

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  23. This is a beautiful post! Sometimes God uses the simplest things to bring the biggest messages. Congrats on your SITS day!

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  24. Such a sweet post. I hope to look at my daughters toys the same way!

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  25. Such a sweet post! I love moments like that! They wake you up and you realize how lucky we all are.

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  26. This post is just heartwarming! We really should look around us with a new pair of lens. Like you said, there is so much beauty we wouldn't even know where to look. Congrats on your SITS day!

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  27. This post is just heartwarming! We really need to put on a new pair of lens to see all the beauty around us. If we did, we might not even know where to look first. Congrats on your SITS day!

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  28. Those moments mean everything. The moments when time stops and your focus is directed toward something you miss so often. Moments of joy.

    Thank you for sharing yours.

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  29. What a beautiful tribute to "the mundane". It just goes to show, it's the little things. Thank you for sharing your story that helps us to remember to be grateful for EVERYTHING!

    Happy SITS Day and congratulations on making FB!

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  30. What a beautiful tribute to "the mundane". It just goes to show, it's the little things. Thank you for sharing your story that helps us all to remember to be grateful for EVERYTHING!

    Happy SITS Day and congratulations on making FB!

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  31. HAPPY SITS DAY! What a beautiful post. I think we all need to be reminded of the beauty in chaos that comes w/ having kids.

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