A Pearl

The littlest one–the one I want to freeze in time–she is the one who can’t wait to grow up.  Every significant event pushes her one moment closer to her next birthday.  Trust me, she counts the days.

So today marked the end of an era–and another rung on her escape ladder.  She lost her first tooth. 

It came out with a bite of an apple and an admixture of anxiety and thrill.  A small, white, perfect little pearl.  And I’m afraid the bigger one pushing from behind will find too tight a fit to nudge into the waiting spot.

Such a metaphor for her–for Anna who is tucked in a tight spot here in our hearts.  A little pearl sown in the shell of a family . . . all safe . . .all loved.

But we know what happens next–more teeth will be replaced, more “too small” clothes will be boxed up and sent away.  More birthdays.  More growing.  And, little by little, more losing.  But much is gained along the way as we nurture our little daughter.  What joy to stand alongside as she skips her little milestones in a six-year-old river of life.

Smile big, Miss Anna.  You are growing up!

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A happy wife, a mom on the learning curve, a daughter of the King . . .
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5 Responses to A Pearl

  1. juliesunne says:

    A beautiful post with lovely pictures, Julie! It does feel like a piece of us is lost as our children grow and get ready to spread their wings. But it is precious watching them learn to fly! And the crowning glory will come when they make their own way in life as disciples of the Lord.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Julie says:

    Yes indeed! We pray for early salvation and a lifetime of service for our Lord and His kingdom!

  3. Frederic Scheffler says:

    How I love this little granddaughter. She herself is a precious pearl.

  4. Laura says:

    So sweet, Julie! Thanks for sharing the pictures of your beautiful girls. Eliana is still waiting for her first tooth to come out. It’s loose but still hanging on. Can’t believe they are almost 7!!! Miss you all!

    • Julie says:

      How I wish we could share all these little life moments as our girls are growing up! Happy birthday to Eliana in a few weeks–seven does seem “big.” Love to your dear family!

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