A flat stone sinking into the deep
Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate,
Your feet almost reach the foot-board of your bed now, Izzy. I don’t know why I noticed this recently. But as I passed by your room while gathering my stuff for an early morning workout, I noticed.
I stopped in your doorway.
Watched you sleep.
I write to you often about watching you sleep.
I guess it’s when the world slows down enough for me; In the quiet hours. When peace and calm come easily and distractions and obligations fade and drift from my mind like a single flat stone sinking into deep water.
I leaned on the door frame for a moment. Then I peeked in on you little two – smiled at your ways of sleeping upsidedown or sideways, covers on the floor for you Max, pulled tight around your ears Kate, mouths wide open. That slow drift again.
Sunday we visited Nana and Papaw. They had gathered a box of old pictures for us to look at.
As I looked through them, pictures of me as a child, as a teen, and as a young adult newly engaged to your mommy, I thought about you kids outgrowing your beds again.
And I wished I could stop the fade and drift of that stone sinking out of sight.
Watch it all in slow motion.
But I guess the beauty of life is in it’s forward motion. An eternal progression towards the plan revealed in 2 Corinthians 10:
10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
So even as you kids outgrow your beds and your daddy’s hair turns more grey each day, life is taking it’s course. I can smile about that, even as I sometimes wish it could slow down.
I love you,
Here are a few more of the pictures from Nana and Papaw’s house:
TRAINING: Reinjured my achilles on Monday during my run, so I’m backing off again. Limping towards my final race at Mt. Lakes unfortunately. I’ll be there though!
Sun: rode 40 miles
Mon: Swam 1600 / Ran 2.75 miles (walked home)
Wed: Swam 2000 / Bike?