Tuesday, June 14, 2011

the mighty magic of children


(very quickly time marches on)


The children.
In they run.
Loud. Happy. Fighting. Bored.
Ever present.
What can we do?
Where can we go?




It's hot.
I'm sticky.
I'm hungry.
I'm starving.
That isn't my kind of juice.
That isn't my kind of snack.
Too often I forget that these moments are the best moments.
The very best moments in all the land.
I love the children.
The children in our neighborhood.
The children at the pool.
The children in the city.

Little blessings.
I am thankful every single day for them.
Even on days when it seems like I yell non stop from 3:39 (when the bus departs)
until 9:00 PM when they all scamper to their homes.
My carpet is atrocious.
My cabinets are bare.
My wallet is empty.
Who cares?
These hot and sticky-
hungry and starving-
babies are the best kids ever.
I keep listening to this song over and over again tonight.

Although we are having the most wonderful Spring, 
there is always a spot in our hearts that is empty without Shoshi. 
Sending you lots of love Shoshi. 
Lots and lots of love.

42 comments:

Mrs4444 said...

I miss Shoshi, too :(

Loved these warm summer shots. You have the right attitude; you could have a kid that no one wants to hang out with, right? We should be grateful for all the company; others are not so blessed.

Buckeroomama said...

Aww, Shoshi. I miss his kind eyes and sweet smiles. :)

lifebythecreek said...

I imagine that Shoshi misses you, too. Heck, I miss you, and I haven't even met you! Who WoUlDn'T want to be where you are? Look at all the fun those kids are having; you are a BIG influence in their lives. One day, when they are all grown up, I bet at least one or two of them will tell you that. Your carpets will be clean, your cupboards will be stocked, your wallet will be fat, and .... well, I was going to say that your heart would be sad. But you know what? Kaish and who knows WHO else will be bringing THEIR babies to you by then, so the circle will be complete.... and your heart will be FULL. xoxox....

Anthony from CharismaticKid said...

That fifth picture down is PRICELESS. You could SELL license that picture to companies it's so good.

Kayce said...

Love this. It is so true..."who cares"! When life filled with children is all around you, nothing else should matter! Enjoy the every moment of yelling that ensues! :)

Heidi said...

Love this post Becky!

Michelle said...

I love the last photo, he seriously has the coolest hair ever =D Lovely post :)

Caroline said...

Such fun and happy photos! Hope you are doing well my dear!!! xo

Formerly known as Frau said...

Becky it's so much better to be the house they all gather at....it says a lot about you! Hope your Bday was extra special like you.

Lisa said...

Yes! who cares! beautiful post! I miss Shoshi too friend.

xoxo, lisa

misc.alaina said...

So fun that they hang at your house! Such great photos!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Whimsical, wonderful spring/summer shots of the kids. Love your attitude. It's always better to count our blessings than complain about what we lack. :)

TechnoBabe said...

Kids are amazing and I still love watching them playing and laughing. I enjoy your photos of kids tremendously.

Maddy said...

I love hearing about the kids in your neighborhood! Maybe because I didn't grow up with tons of neighborhood friends, but I want my kids to live in a community like yours. It's clear to me that Kaish is surrounded by love. And I'm pretty sure Shoshi misses you too.

Ashley Sisk said...

Being in a kid in your neighborhood must be a real treat. I love the second shot.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

You captured some seriously fun times but I am totally loving that last one. It's PERFECTION!

American in Bath said...

So many happy childhood memories, even the one's where my mother is yelling, "In or Out. Pick one. In or Out."

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

That B&W shot is stunning, B...wow! Love it so, so much.

Caroline (Frogmum) said...

great happy shots :) Missing Shoshi too!
Cx

Farmgirl Paints said...

oh that looks like a lot of fun. i wish i was a kid again sometimes and could do nothing but splash around and have fun.

Tamar SB said...

What a sweet post! The innocence of childhood, I could do anything to ditch my responsibilities for a day or two (heck or 4!) and play in the sprinklers and slip and slide and not fear what my bottom line is!

Grandma J said...

I want to play in the sprinklers too! I love that last shot of Kaishon missing Shoshi after a long day.

Mark said...

Kids are great! I just hate all their toys and crap all over my house. m.

Skeller said...

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: i KNOW the kids in your neighborhood are incredibly blessed to be as well loved by you as they are. I'm pretty sure there are already crowns in heaven with your name all over them :-).

Danyelle said...

I want to live in your neighborhood. We don't have any kids in this neighborhood for my girls to play with.

This is the second or third set of pictures with a slip and side I have seen today. I never played with one but they look so fun.

likeschocolate said...

you gotta love slip and slide. so much fun. I am going to buy one soon.

jlo said...

I miss seeing Soshi's face too. Don't you just love summer?

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Oh Becky... Awesome post! I think we all love your Kaishon...and all his friends!

gretchen said...

great pics and can I say, I love kaish's hair. :) happy summer.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hugs to Shoshi.

Slip-n-Slide-- There's nothing better on a hot sticky day. Love it.

xo jj

Erika B said...

So true! Love that BW portrait.

Erika B

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love that photo of Kaish sleeping. I bet shoshi misses the entire neighborhood...especially that crazy happy Mom who invites them all into her home. ;)

Honey Mommy said...

We just got our sprinklers out yesterday! I LOVE that it is warm enough for the kids to play in the water. It helps a lot with the "What can I do now?"

jen@odbt said...

I love all your images - can't wait for summer. Looks like your house is *the* house to hang out at. You're so much fun!

Rachelle said...

love that 2nd shot of the two boys... and Kaishon's hair? WOW. So unique.

Angelia Sims Hardy said...

Such a sweet post, so full of life, and laughter. I can hear the squeals from here. Miracles indeed. Beautiful pictures of wonderful life.

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

Awesome photos and a spot-on message -- love the slip-and-slide shots and the very last picture of sleeping boy.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Beautiful post. It is good to appreciate the little ones. They are only little for so long.

Karen Deborah said...

As much love as you have, 6 kids is more like it. Have you ever thought of adopting? I'm sorry you miss Shoshi. Is there no way to write?

photowannabe said...

Ok, now I'm all sloppy from crying during these pictures and the song at the end. You do it to me every time.
Wish we could meet and just chat the days away Becky!

Teachinfourth said...

I always love how the images interweave through the story...

really.truly said...

Do you realize you have such a talent for capturing the neatest scenes? Awesome!