our weekend

Here we are at the beginning of another week. It's mid February, people. Did time speed up? I'm really thinking it must have.

J and I were watching old videos of AK last night before we crawled into bed and it solidified to me that time, has indeed, sped up. And you know that ache you get when you see pictures or watch videos of your kid when he/she was still a baby?? Gosh, that's real. I look at her then and I look at this, basically, 15 year old standing in front of me and I just can't believe it. It's so good, though, all these stages and seasons with her. Each one challenging us and changing us and giving us memories in its own unique way. Each one causing us to look at each other and say, "Wow. The Lord was really, really kind and good and loving to let us be her parents."

This weekend was one of those that was filled with those AK moments that quickly formed into memories. Like when she came in the kitchen and asked to help "dwry the dishes, too" and she did it like a champ. Or when she put on her ballet clothes and did her "cle-as" for us. Or the homemade valentines she made for J and me and taped up on the wall in spots she knew we would see them. Or how patient and helpful she was when we were house hunting and running errands all saturday afternoon. Or when we had sword-fights with empty 2-liter bottles, played board games, and snuggled under blankets and read books before bed with a flashlight. Or when she had a meltdown, one of those really awful ones, and we had to leave church right then; and, in those minutes, we were reminded that she is His before she is ours, entrusted to us for this season, and as much as we want to change her heart, we can't, and we desperately, and always, need His grace.

This parenting gig, you guys, it is beautiful and it is soul-wringing.

Our Valentines weekend was simple for us, just how we like it. 

How was y'all's weekend? Any new traditions made or favorite traditions kept? Any new recipes that desperately need to be shared?