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Five Minute Fridays - Ready

Five Minute Fridays

Feet scamper excitement across the carpet as four legs  young and two legs not –so-young rush to find a place to hide.  I watch as my mom squeezes into tight places with my girls.  I can hear their breath and almost feel the little kid thrill they feel as they wait for grand-dad to find them.  After grand dad has counted he always calls out into the quiet, “Are you ready?”
Two little girls and one grandma echo, “Hoo- hoo” like three owls hiding  in a night time tree top. 
The game has begun.  If grand dad doesn’t find them quickly another, little girl voice trills out, “Hoo-hoo”.  It’s the sound trail the seeker can follow. 
He always finds them.  And every time they squeal joy when they are found. 
It’s time for another round.  In fact just tonight as we made our weekly visit to their house, my four year old informed me that fifty two rounds would be played. (Not quite). 
“Are you ready?” It’s that question that we call out to our kids weekly, daily, hourly…
“Are you ready for dinner? Are you ready for bed?  Are you ready for school?”
It’s like the signal we give that we are ready and they better be soon.

It’s funny that being a mother has shown me how much I’m not ready. 
There was so much I did not know before these three little girls came into my life.
 I find myself laughing now when I see new parents talk about being “ready” and having a nursery set up and every baby contraption known to man and still not have a clue about being baby ready.  I know because I was not ready myself. 

I know now that God still wraps skin around His grace gifts called babies and hands them to people that are not ready….yet.  He lets their baby soft skin stretch out over growing bones and swelling hearts every day making us more ready than the day before, with hearts that bloom more love for them.  And even still we are not completely ready yet for anything more than the day we share with them today.  Now.  
I'm not ready for ten year olds and middle school yet, I'm just ready for the day I'm in. The today, with a snaggle toothed six year old and a button nosed four year old, and one baby,
almost two whose brown eyes melt me always.  I'm ready for life interrupted by them.

Lastly, when I think of ready, I think of my kids singing "Are you ready?" to my heart as they seek to capture all of it, every last piece that hides away and sometimes doesn't want to be bothered, today.  Kids have a way of pulling every secret out, every selfish crevice.
I think of my God whispering, "Are you ready?" too. A Lover too kind to demand, but who gently poses the question still.


  1. Perfectly said. You can only be ready for now. There is no way to be ready for later as a mama because there is always something new around the corner. So thankful God is gracious enough to bless our lives with little ones to hold for a while. Blessings to you and enjoy every second!!

    1. I know I am so glad that the right now is all we have to "get" to take hold of, its funny that always thinking about and planning or later robs us of this all important time

  2. What a beautiful word picture you paint! And what wise words--just be ready for today--to spend time with them and hold them and snuggle with them (before you know it, they'll be six inches taller than you and in college ;) ).

    1. I know, i always think about that when I scoop up my six year old and her legs are dangling heavy and long, not a baby any more!

  3. I'm just ready for the day I'm in! What a beautiful way to live life - right there with ya, treasuring the moments. And how true are your words "being a mother has shown me how much I'm not ready" Blessings!

  4. Love how you built up the whole write-up. Very well written, kept me engaged right through the end.

    Your daughters are adorable.

    Friend from FMF,


    1. Tanya, thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging words

  5. Just ready for the day I'm in...I love it! So glad you stopped by my site so I came back to find you. What a beautiful, honest, joyful post. So glad your parents still play hide and seek with your little ones. Such fun...and they are ADORABLE!

  6. I especially like this: "God still wraps skin around His grace gifts called babies and hands them to people that are not ready….yet." I agree that none of us can be ready for a baby, especially a first child. I also agree that we need to look at just today. When my son was small, I remember trying to project what his future would hold. Of course I had no idea, and just the thought was overwhelming!

    1. i try to do that sometimes too Melissa and I am overwhelmed. so glad I can't know right now, just catch little glimmers here and there

  7. Precious little ones!

    This grandma is resonating with your post ... and still in recovery after a very busy weekend with two pre-schoolers keeping her on her toes!

    Have an energetic, lovely week, Summer!


    1. thank you Linda, sounds like you had a blast with your grand kids


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