Sunday, January 3, 2010

Strolling through time

I received a double stroller after the birth of Avery, nearly five years ago. We refer to this stroller as our jogging stroller or Disneyland stroller. This stroller has seen many walks around the blocks with two babies seated inside. Avery took her first walk when she was about 8 weeks old. Mason sat next to her, at the age of 2. Those babies grew as we took more walks around the block and more trips to Disneyland. When the third baby was born, we had to be creative because Mason was not yet old enough to keep up with Mommy on her walks or to walk the whole day at Disneyland. Jackson could usually be found strapped to my back or when he could sit up, we would squish all three in the two-man stroller. That stroller has been though a lot in the last 5 years. Many spills of apple juice and fruit snacks stuck to the seats. Fish crackers and cheese-its can be found in the basket underneath. 
As I took this stroller for a walk this afternoon, I thought back to my babies and how they have grown. Avery, 2 months shy of her 5th birthday sat next to Jackson, age 3 1/2. Their bodies took up most of the stroller tonight. I felt blessed as I looked at them and remembered their bald baby heads, sucking on their paci's and clutching their blankies. They have grown so much. God gave me a small gift tonight. He allowed me to slow down and remember how incredibly lucky I am to have three healthy beautiful children. I was reminded that time goes by so quick and this stroller will one day not be needed in our house. One of my goals this year is to savor every moment because those moments will soon be distant memories. 

3 comments:

Melissa said...

excited to see your blog! gonna miss seeing you at church all the time! Have fun with your new journey! I'm sure I will see you for some things!

Pamee said...

I LOVE this... and time does go by so FAST!! AND I am going thru this right now with ALL of the babies I watch... I don't know what stroller to get =) HAHA!! I need one for 3 =) SOON 4!!

Jeana Hurst said...

Glad you are back!! Missed reading your blog! I started again too! Love you friend...