Friday, November 18, 2011

Grow: My first attempt at participating in Five Minute Friday!

It's unprecedented! A post two days in a row on Joy in the Journey? That never happens. Well, it's happening today. I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was thinking about doing Five Minute Friday and here I am. I will write for five minutes, then I will post whatever I wrote. Aaaack! No editing? Really? We'll see . . .

The prompt is "Grow".


Photo taken by Michelle McGarvey one year ago.

GO!

I had no idea until the girl was a week old. I had heard it all my life. "They grow so fast!" But then I had a baby and now she's five. This tall, gangling creature. I try to cuddle her and she really isn't very cuddlable. Or, at least, not in the way she was as a newborn. Now the boy, he's more of a cuddler, but I can't believe he's two. I feel like he was born a few weeks ago. I didn't know how fast they would grow.

But even more surprising? I didn't know how they would grow me. I thought I had to have it all figured out before I became a mother. And I thought I did. I thought I was "ready". Then motherhood turned my life upside-down and the person I thought I was changed and I cried real tears about who I was and who I wanted to be and how to get there. And slowly . . . slowly I grow. Learning to lean on my Father and let His strength be made perfect in my weakness. I'm growing.

STOP!

Wow, that went fast. I guess I'm a slow writer, as well as a slow grower, but that's no surprise! So there you are. Five minutes of writing, for better or worse.

11 comments:

  1. Wonderful!!! Good for you, and how true this is, motherhood flipping us on our end, babies growing into five-year olds overnight... These are the tales you hear but never believe until you live it. Well done, Allison!

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  2. Love this! Welcome to 5 minute Fridays! I have been doing them for a about a month or so! LOVE it and look forward to it every Friday! Well written, and as a mother and a preschool teacher I agree they grow too fast!

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  3. Thank you so much Kris and Mrs. Sheila! I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to next Friday already!

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  4. Welcome, welcome! I'm so glad you decided to join up this Friday! Reading your about me makes me think we have quite a bit in common! Thanks for sharing about how you're being "grown" amidst all the growing around you! I stopped by from Lisa Jo's and I'm so glad that I did!

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  5. I love this... oh my WORD I love this...
    and it is so true.

    I absolutely love how every relationship experience that we can have as humans gives us greater insight to God's love.

    And when I truly remember, truly OWN that He loves ME more than I love my children??
    Well -- I haven't been able to truly own that one yet... it is just too incredible, you know?

    This was awesome, my sweet friend!
    And you are NOT a slow grower. You are PERFECT, and He has you where you are for a reason. *hugs*

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  6. Hello Diamond (or should I call you Jessica?), If you lived in my neighborhood I'd totally invite you over for coffee right this instant. Just paid a visit to your blog and loved your top tens! You look so cute preggers--is this your first? Following you on Twitter now, too.

    Meredith, you are the world's best encourager. Thank you for your kind words. Off to check out your blog, too. xo

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  7. The ones I helped raise are 17 now and I agree, That was fast!

    I hope you continue to do 5 minute Fridays. I've done a couple and I truly enjoy the quick break during the day too post something that's insightful or just fun.

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  8. Thanks, Nani! I'll do it as often as I can. Your post today was definitely fun!

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  9. Love this! Somehow you always manage to speak directly to some facet of life that has recently been on my mind. We're on the same wavelength :-)

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  10. amen! i'm convinced parenting is as much (or more) about me and how i am changed as it is about the raising of kids.
    great post!

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  11. Thanks Angelina. Glad we are on thinking the same way!

    Hope Unbroken, thank you for your comment! So true.

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