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Monday, June 30, 2008

No More Formula!!!



Jenna is finally off of formula. She has been the smallest and hardest to feed since day one. Saturday we mixed our last jug of formula. I can't beleive my kids are off of formula and babyfood. They have changed so much in the last 6months. We can do new things everyday. They are climbing on the furniture, playing with bigger toys, and learning to love each other. I feel like a chapter is coming to a close for us. I feel like my babies aren't going to be babies for very much longer. It scares me to think about it. We have enjoyed it so much, and now it is fading away.


I bought a book by Karen Kingsbury when I went to the Women of Joy Conference in April. It is called:


Let Me Hold You Longer

Long ago you came to me,
a miracle of firsts:
First smiles and teeth and baby steps,
a sunbeam on the burst.
But one day you will move away
and leave to me your past,
And I will be left thinking of
a lifetime of your lasts…

The last time when I hold a bottle
to your baby lips.
The last time that I lifted you
and held you on my hip.

The last night when you woke up crying,
needing to be walked,
When last you crawled up with your blanket,
wanting to be rocked.

The last time when you ran to me,
still small enough to hold.
The last time that you said you'd marry
me when you grew old.
Precious, simple moments and
bright flashes from your past-
Would I have held you longer if
I'd known they were your last?

Our last adventure to the park,
your final midday nap,
the last time when you wore your favorite
faded baseball cap.

Your last few hours of kindergarten,
those last days of first grade,
Your last at bat in Little League,
last colored picture made.

I never said good-bye to all
your yesterdays long passed.
So what about tomorrow-
will I recognize your lasts?

The last time that you catch a frog
in that old backyard pond.
The last time that you run barefoot
across our fresh-cut lawn.
Silly, scattered images
will represent your past.
I keep on taking pictures,
never quite sure of your lasts...

The last time that I comb your hair
or stop a pillow fight.
The last time that I pray with you
and tuck you in at night.
The last time when we cuddle
with a book, just me and you.
The last time you jump in our bed
and sleep between us two.

The last piano lesson,
last vacation to the lake.
Your last few weeks of middle school,
last soccer goal you make.

I look ahead and dream of days
that haven't come to pass.
But as I do, I sometimes miss
today's sweet, precious lasts...

The last time that I help you with
a math or spelling test.

The last time when I shout that yes,
your room is still a mess.
The last time that you need me for
a ride from here to there.
The last time that you spend the night
with your old tattered bear.

My life keeps moving faster,
stealing precious days that pass.
I want to hold on longer-
want to recognize your lasts...

The last time that you need my help
with details of a dance.
The last time that you ask me for
advice about romance.

The last time that you talk to me
about your hopes and dreams.
The last time that you wear a jersey
for your high school team.

I've watched you grow and barely noticed
seasons as they pass.
If I could freeze the hands of time,
I'd hold on to your lasts.

For come some bright fall morning,
you'll be going far away.
College life will beckon
in a brilliant sort of way.
One last hug, one last good-bye,
one quick and hurried kiss.
One last time to understand
just how much you'll be missed.
I'll watch you leave and think how fast
our time together passed.

Let me hold on longer, God,

to every precious last.

6 comments:

Stacey said...

Oh Emily, this made me cry! As I continued to read my eyes filled with tears as I also know these babies are sliping away. I Love them so much as I know you do to I just can't hardly believe where 17mo has gone.

Deb said...

You told me to be prepared when I read the poem. And yes much like last night when we were talking about our kids growing up...I cried! I have just 3 short years of lasts left to go, I planned to cherish each and everyone of them.

Remember what I said they go by oh so fast enjoy now. Because you'll turn your head and they've slipped away. :(

Sara Tyre said...

Emily, wow they are growing up quickly. How adorable. I remeber that day very well when our last bottle of formula was made. Time does go quickly but as you leave one stag you enter into another great one. You will have so much fun with them as they begin to do more things and figure things out. You all look like your doing well. Love the pics. You are very blessed. Enjoy and take care.
Sara

Anonymous said...

Not gonna lie...you made me cry too...I miss all of you guys more everyday. I can't wait to get home and play with my favorite kids in the whole world!
Landon's face is always priceless...I keep pulling the pictures off of your blog and putting them in an album on facebook. I get comments all the time...everyone thinks they are gorgeous!
I love you guys!

Kate

Sandy (Frey) Maier said...

Emily I don't know how you find the time but you do a beautiful job of keeping this updated and I just can't get enough of these kids!!

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