Saturday, August 18, 2012

Signs of Life

I took this picture this morning while drinking my coffee. If I wasn't on bed rest right now, I would probably call this a mess! But since I am, and this place is a little outdoor getaway with a comfy hammock chair, I'm going to call this "signs of life". It has that lived in look that my living room gets on those cold winter days when everyone sticks close to the wood stove. Right now the signs of life include skates a skate board and orange cones for an obstacle course, a laundry basket from a little diaper laundry that I folded earlier, a pencil and pieces of construction paper from a craft project Maddie was working on, a baby doll for Claire to love up on and tell "no no" (sometimes all at the same time), and the just outside the picture but ever present bug that is being watched/studied for today. Yes, this place, though a little messy, is definitely full of life and all it's lovely signs. Just the way I imagined it would be years ago, when Ben and I were just a couple of kids dreaming up what it would be like to have a family of our own. What I never imagined was the part where I'm sitting in the hammock watching, a little one squirming inside my belly, and not able to join in. No, I never imagined that part, but it's really a gift when I think about it. The chance to slow down and be taken care of (they really do such a good job!), the opportunity for everyone to see what it is mama really does all day (they see quickly when it doesn't get done), the chance for me to look at things in this light and change my attitude toward the little messes that happen with a house full of kids, learning to really cherish how fragile and miraculous new life really is, all of those things are really good for us as a family even though they may seem like hard things at times. It's always good for us to learn to lean on one another and work together for a common goal. :) What are the signs of life around you today? xo, Sam


Debbie said...

Have a great day. My signs of life are similar. I'm praying we'll both be in the action come next summer.

Becky said...

my signs of life!!!
hubby took kids out for the day with the church group, on a ferry, across to the next island, check out the local crafts, lunch, swim, ice cream, back home.....i was happy alone as it meant i didnt have to talk to anyone, i could do nothing, sleep,...all because am trying to get over a tonsillectomy last saturday and its very very was a good day....the signers were having a good day out too!! Thanks to God

Neicee said...

Ug I hate to say this but my sign of life is my daughter who is 21 and I never hear from...called me finally today..She has a drug problems and mostly I have nightmares about what is going on...but today she sounds good and I feel somewhat hopeful....somewhat.. I love to hear of your budding family and you are such a wonderful person...wife, mom. Love your posts.

Samantha Caffee said...

Oh Neicee, I'm so sorry to hear that, but God can change things!! Remember, it was the LOVE of Christ that drew people to him. The Bible also tells us that God is Love. You can't change her, but you can love her and pray for her. There is HOPE! Try to memorize 1 Corinthians 13: "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I will be praying friend!!! Don't give up on her or God sweet friend!