When Seasons Change...

Their longs limbs no longer fit into the tiny clothes I pack up into bins, give away. The tiny newborn sizes give way to sturdy legs and chubby 9 month old thighs.

Those give way to 9 year old limbs, long and strong and full of self importance, the good kind, the confidence that he can accomplish what he sets out to accomplish. I'm not keeping baby clothes anymore but passing them on as soon as they become too small.

But still I keep the Girl's clothes, watching as hemlines and jeans creep up higher and higher, putting them away for the little sister who, all to soon, is losing the baby fat that dimples at her wrist and lengthening her legs, all the while keeping her torso the same.

It goes too fast, this season. The older ones point poignant reminders at the younger of how fleeting this all is, how quickly bodies and minds fill up and expand and move on. I snuggle the baby close, hold him tight against the waves of time, even as I let go of the too small sleepers. I will pretend to eat the back of his neck and make him giggle and try as much as I can to stay right now, because I finally understand that I can't get now back again once it's gone. Not ever. Some seasons only come once.


  1. Alyssa C.9:12 AM

     Your children are so lovely! I read your blog about two years ago, then lost the link and haven't seen it since... the kids have grown so much! May the Lord bless you in your mothering : )

  2. Thank-you Alyssa. I'll take that blessing. :) 2 years is a long time, a lot
    changes in that much time, and yet, much is still the same. Thanks for
    stopping by.

  3. Harman Jessica10:52 AM

    this is exactly what my five minute post was about..so true. These seasons are short with our littles ones..they come and quickly go. I too am passing along our tiny clothes because we are done with babies. A sad season to see go but excited about the "older" seasons ahead. I love the title of your blog. So true. We've been reading and studying a lot about suffering and joy this year in our bible study. It's been so encouraging. Glad I stumbled upon your blog.  

  4. Cbar_k11:41 AM

    I love ..tight against the waves of time! Beautiful family and post!
    Just popped in from Gypsy Mama
    Chris (bridgesburning)

  5. I'm glad you stumbled here too.

    As a reformed suffering "avoider" it's good to hear about others learning
    the same thing it encourages me. :)

  6. Thejoyproject401:06 PM

    hi carrie!  i love your post and love the last line...some seasons only come once. how true and what a reminder to embrace the now. having a little trouble leaving a comment so just decided to comment on a comment!!

  7. Thanks for going to the extra effort to leave such a sweet comment. :)


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