Friday, April 16, 2010

What you find in the empty places...

If you are lucky like me, you find when you lean into the empty places that first you are virtually hugged by all the sweet comments left on your blog and stories of so many other lost furry loved ones. Thank you to each one of you.


Then yesterday just as I decided to embrace the emptiness of being the girl who missed her dog, love walked in. I woke up to a semi-panicked call from Deb, the mom of the girls I took care of last fall. The stomach bug had visited her daycare and grandma was out of town, could I take the girls?

Could I! Within minutes of E and L's arrival, I was smitten again.  It was all dolls, and talking on the phone, and cooking and watching Umizoomi.  We even squeezed in a whirlwind trip to the park.


L's doll of choice turned out to be Woody.  She rocked him, and hugged him. He even acquiesced when she chewed on the hard plastic of his boot to relieve her teething.  The things we don't do for love.





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Despite the vicious gale-force wind, we ventured out to the park. I had more than a couple of flashbacks to my own boys as I raced about trying to keep up with two girls running in two opposite directions. L may be all of 15 months or so, but she is determined to keep up with E who is 3. She was fearless in her desire to climb even though she is still a bit unsteady on her feet. I felt victorious pushing the stroller home. Some days its enough for a tired mama to just bring them home in one piece. I remember those days so well.


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Unquestionably, as much as their mom thought I was bailing her out, clearly it was I who was rescued.  With giggles and hugs, running and playing, not even the wicked wind could strip away the joy oozing into all those no longer empty places.

16 comments:

  1. Oh so cute
    You are a great Mom and babysitter :)

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  2. What a day brightener! Glad you were able to fill up those empty spaces with those adorable little girls.

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  3. love the way the wind is playing with their hair and the beautiful smiles ... and way you were blessed in the emptyiness

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  4. You are a one in a million daycare provider!! So glad you were pulled out of your longing by the love you have for little ones. Timing was perfect!!!

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  5. Awwww see - that sent chills through my body :)

    I'll admit I had never heard of umizoomi until 2 days ago and Caleb loves it!!!!!

    I'm so happy you got to spend some time with the girls- now you should tell their mom to just bring them there everyday so we can continue to see their adorable faces!!!!

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  6. Beautiful, sweet children. Their joy is infectious.

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  7. Beautiful. You made the empty spaces full of joy! Those are really cute and sweet photos.^^

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  8. Sounds like you really enjoyed your day with the girls. They sure look like cutie pies!

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  9. Oh dear I am so sorry I wasn't around when you were low. I hope you are better now! Your pining or longing for something or someone can only be subdued when you get it in some form. It may not be in the form that you wanted, but it is balm enough. I so identify with this post :)

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  10. Somebody is looking out for you :-) I'm so glad...What a lovely day! And the girls are gorgeous! I can imagine you had a wonderful time...just perfect! love you! Janine XO

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  11. Those are sweet rescuers! What a beautifully fun day for you and the girls. Giggles do wonders for the spirit. We watch a lot of Umizoomi here too!

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  12. I love when my sister brings my adorable little nieces over to your house --- because THEN I get to see pictures of them!!! Looks like it was a fun day. I saw E not so long ago when she and my sister were here, L I haven't seen since Christmas -- she is growing up so fast -- but hasn't lost that "better watch out" look to her eye. I know you don't take the photos for me -- but FROM me Thank you!

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  13. Who was it that said, "When you bless someone else, you can't help but spill some on yourself?" This reminded me of that. I bet that mama was so happy to have help and you got a heart soothing and encouragement you so needed. I'm glad God brought you love and warmth, and it came in the form of your own service. Ain't that the way?

    Love You,

    Robynn

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  14. You are a dear friend to them but just looking at the photos lets me know those girls are like my Ellie...Tiny Cures for All Things...
    xoxo

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  15. oh my gosh, how do they keep getting CUTER?!?!? I could eat them up.

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