Baby Boxes

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Two large tubs overflowed with pieces of my heart.

  • A Teddy Bear——fuzz compressed by years of hugging
  • Baby Bible
  • Knickers worn to the courthouse the day his adoption was final
  • Pre-school drawings of animals in goggle glasses (even the dinosaurs were near-sighted)
  • Good Night Moon
  • Silver cup from Grandma
  • Crocheted covering from Nana
  • Arrow of Light from Scouts
  • Flattened coins reclaimed from a railroad track
  • First research paper
  • Medals from track

Eighteen years goes by so very quickly. So what’s a DoAhead to do?

I’ve always been a future oriented gal. Sometimes I wonder if not to a fault. I don’t look back much. I’ve never been one to get horribly sentimental. I’m grateful for the past but it’s the future I tend to look towards. I guess that’s why I’m wired for DoAheads.

But here’s the thing. This business of going through items from the past has reminded me of something.

There is VALUE in looking back.

When I look at 18 years of Matthew splayed out on the family room floor. I want to weep. Not so much because it’s gone but because it ever happened in the first place.

I am grateful.

I know it’s a Monday and the week pulses with frenzied activity but if you’re taking the time to read this post would you stop?

Stop right now.

Close your eyes.

Remember someone.

And give thanks.

That’s what this DoAhead is doing today.

  “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Phillipians 1:3 NIV

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne

 Your DoAhead Friend,

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