2.10.2012

threads of afternoon sunshine

 

sometimes in the beautiful world of motherhood or wifehood or plain life, the days are long and hard and i end them slouched on the couch, wondering if i spent my time filled with anything valuable. while hoping i did, praying i did, i rest on the hope of tomorrow and the new mercies the morning can bring.

then there are some days i never want to end.  my life flashes before me, the minutes seem to skip to the beat of my heart, the hours move like a freight train, i beg it to stop... big brother kisses little sister out of the blue and whispers an "i love you" that makes her smile like it's going out of style.

can't every day be like this?  can't every moment be so sweet? then i remember there is Eternity for such things. and my soul wells up as i crane my neck toward the sky and rejoice. because really, all i can do is rejoice, as hope of forever spent with the Creator fills me to the very brim.

all the precious goodness down here is just a mere foretaste of glory divine.  this makes me smile.  every single day i wake, even on the hard ones, there is joy to be found knowing my hope rests in the maker of heaven and earth. when Eternity is my perspective it's possible to count it all as joy.  threads of afternoon sunshine remind me to lace this hope around my very thoughts.

linking with Rachel today. and it's her birthday!  happy birthday, my friend.


friday favorite things | finding joy


39 comments

  1. thank you. makes me tingle and more hungry for heaven.
    and hunter's boots. can i please have some that color?

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  2. Love these pics and love this post. Beautiful babies! And those sweet moments of pure bliss....priceless! I am thankful that I understand exactly what you mean because I've had those kinds of moments. I am also thankful for your perspective on it all because it is a beautiful reminder of what lies ahead! :)

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  4. Exactly what you said:) and I know you may miss snow, but...being outside in long sleeves and jeans in February looks pretty awesome.....

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  5. A birthday wish on your blog? Couldn't get any sweeter. Thank you. Thank you, my sweet and lovely and real friend.

    Your pictures? They capture exactly what I love about motherhood. The little moments that make up for the heard moments. The love of the everyday and playing in the yard and each other. Beautiful post.

    Love ya.

    Rach

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  6. Girl that was amazingly beautiful. You summed up motherhood perfectly. Love the way you capture light...the student has far surpassed the teacher;). Happy weekend friend.

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  7. These are so beautiful! Don't you just love how gracious God is to give us these glimpses in the day-to-day? Every Mama needs a few days like this sprinkled here and there. To remind them of the good God is doing through them. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Carissa, every time I read your blog I get more and more excited about meeting you. Your heart is so reflected in your writing and it is such a blessing to me.

    Oh, yes, what a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see, I shall into His face...........what comfort, what joy as we go through this earthly life.

    Blessings and hugs for a "tip top" weekend!

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  9. Beautiful absolutely beautiful! I just adore reading your blog and your insights!!!! You are a blessing to so many:-)

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  10. Thanks for the reminder...I have been praying a lot lately that God would give me joy in the every day tired of being a mom:)

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  11. Such beautiful words and a beautiful afternoon. Thank you for the sweet reminder!
    Those pictures were beautiful! I especially loved the sunshine in your daughters hair! Have a wonderful weekend enjoying those precious babies!

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  12. Beautiful! Having an eternal mindset really changes your perspective on life. It makes you appreciate all the things around you, and even makes the hard days a little easier :)

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  13. It looks so much like spring where you are. It snowed here yesterday. Lovely memories you are capturing!

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  14. I love this! I really needed to be reminded of this today. Last night was rough and I am so glad I made a visit to your beautiful blog. Thank you! So glad I found you! Have a beautiful day!
    ps...what gorgeous babies you have!
    Jen

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  15. they are too cute looking at bugs (or whatever they were spotting on the ground)

    ok we have the same bubble mower...ours hardly ever blows bubbles...so annoying

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  16. what a sweet big brother! they are so adorable together!

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  17. Beautiful pictures! Love the lighting.

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  18. Beautifully said. Love the sun, and your sweet little kiddos. Jealous, wish we could go outside and play, sans jackets, mittens, hats.....

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  19. so beautiful. yes, some days are so stressful, but those days that are filled with our kiddo's laughter and making memories are the best.

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  20. don't you just love finding the divine in the everyday, wonderful post, darling kiddos, love her jumper and his boots...

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  21. Simply beautiful...all of it. This post has blessed me....thanks.

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  22. Love that balloon picture, what a great a perspective there!

    What a great reminder, my friend. I hope you have a great weekend with your sweet family.
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  23. I love these words (and the pictures). I needed the reminder about my hope needs to lie :)

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  24. all i can say is amen....thank you for those words carissa. i'm nt even a mother yet, but i identify with your words, your insight, but most of all your belief in the same Creator I worship daily

    have a blessed friday. stop by sometime and say hello.

    smiles,
    sarah
    www.profilesofapapergirl.blogspot.com

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  25. Love your post! Sweet pictures and sweet words. I can already tell we are connected... by the lovely green rainboots! My son never takes his off!! EVER! Beautiful children!

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  26. Hunter and Sage are so cute. :)
    Thanks for this post - it was so restfull. And I have to agree with you.

    hugs,
    ~bree

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  27. Lovelovelove... such a beautiful perspective. and beautiful little babes- don't you just melt at those precious moments when they are so sweet to each other? I wish I could record each one and remember them always.

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  28. LOVE this post...your words are so inspiring and serve as a great reminder!

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  29. praise jesus. just a foretaste of glory divine!
    wish i was there...it's gonna be forty below tonight. i will refer to this post for warmth.

    happy friday, cutie pants. you encourage me!
    #grateful

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  30. the pictures are just gorgeous. I can't wait for sunny days to take pictures again outside!

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  31. I love afternoon sunshine; it's the best for taking gorgeous pictures. And yours certainly don't disappoint. :) Sometimes its the days when the schedule and tasks are left behind -- just for a short time -- that the real memories are made. Sweet moments like that can't be bought. ♥

    I hope y'all have a good evening!
    Elizabeth Rose

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  32. Gorgeous photos! Visiting from Finding Joy linky party :)

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  33. amen!
    gorgeous children.
    glorious truths.
    xoxo

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  34. What beautiful and glorious pictures. I love the way you capture mommyhood!

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  36. Absolutely beautiful pictures!! Helps that the kiddos are gorgeous!
    I am a little jealous though, I want to pack away the hats, boots, mittens, and enjoy some sunshine:)

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  38. His boots are so cute! What a wonderful time of outdoor play!

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