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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Perfect Memories

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
~Psalm 118:24


Oh, what a day, what a day. It is in the 50’s with the temps sloooowly dropping and pouring cats and dogs here in Austin. Not that I'm complaining, b/c we really need the rain. REALLY need it. However, that being said, we could do without the flooding. Our parking lot at work is flooded and the connection between us and another business is really flooded. The creek that is next to our office building, which is normally dry, is overflowing its banks with great vigor. If you look in one area there actually is some white water rapids stuff going on. It’s a far cry from the heavenly weekend we experienced on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday most especially.

Saturday was one of those days on a weekend that come along maybe 4 or 5 times a year here in Central Texas. Oh, it was glorious! If I had to guess at the weather in heaven, it would have been a carbon copy of Saturday. In the morning it was cool, in the 40’s and clear. The air had that nice chill to it as the sun rose in shades of pink and orange and gold. The birds were chirping as if they were just happy to be alive and there were butterflies around the newly budding spring flowers in the back yard. Big, beautiful, yellow butterflies flitting around. The day warmed up very nicely and the low humidity stayed low all day. The sun was shining cheerily and cast its warmth everywhere. The sky was a brilliant shade of blue and the bright green grass and spring leaves of the trees were the perfect compliment to it. There were no clouds and there was a light, cool breeze blowing. The temps never made it out of the low 70’s.

To celebrate the amazing day that God blessed us with, Emily and I had a picnic in the back yard. Of course she was ecstatic about it. Everything fun like that is just huge to a 4 year old! We had BBQ chicken and beans and corn and potato salad and mac ‘n cheese and fresh banana pudding. This was a very special time for both of us b/c it was just her and me. Just the two of us with no classes for her and no meetings, appointments, errands or lunches for me. We talked about the things a mommy and her 4 year old daughter talk about. We talked about playing and dolls, she wanted to know how my day was going (LOL!) and she talked about her school, we made up stories about princesses and and sang songs, we talked about God and the blessings He’s given us and were just silly at times. And we laughed a lot. All in all it was a perfect memory. You know the kind I'm talking about – those memories of perfect moments that you hold on to and cherish throughout your life? This was one of those. I wish I could say that I took pictures of the day, but I didn’t even think about it. I was too busy enjoying my sweet daughter.

And on rainy days like today, it makes me long for another perfect Saturday as I hear the thunder crack and the rain pound against the roof and windows of the office building and thank God for it as it will bring even more flowers out – after the rain – to enjoy with Emily on another day.

6 comments:

no_average_girl said...

without rain we'd have no beautiful flowers! i hope the rain clears soon for you guys!

Hikingalong said...

How lovely! I remember sharing special moments like that with my children when they were small. Now they're all grown. Hold on to those special times. Your little one will be grown before you know it. This was my first visit to your blog but I'm sure I'll be back often. Have a blessed day!

Bill said...

Say, I didn't get a chance to congratulate you on your 200th post!

So... congratulations! (Sorry so late)

And thanks for the plug!

-Bill J
"Master Yoda's Stupid Intern"

Duke_of_Earle said...

What a bautiful time together for you two. Why don't we make those happen more often? That's the stuff wonderful long-term memories are made of.

John

Mike J. said...

Oh, Nic, hold on to these memories, and keep them close, and make of them as often as you can, and take photos if you can, because time flies so quickly.

My oldest is turning 20, has her own apartment, and I almost have to make an appointment to see her! It's sometimes hard to remember when she was that young anymore.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That sounds such a lovely day you had, Nic.