November 28, 2008

Closer Than They Appear


I accidentally took this photo with my phone yesterday after our big family Thanksgiving meal.

The randomness of this picture is so appropriate, such a nice thing to find I didn't know I had. A single image that like a lasso pulls every feeling from that moment into one neat pile.

Ivy on my mom's lap, my dad's feet while he naps full-bellied in the chair, the peacefulness surrounding my new daughter and the hint of promise ahead of us...

On the way home last night, just before the sunset I looked out my window and could feel the bigness of this life. In that instant I felt that if this was it, if this was all there was to it- nothing more and nothing less- I am happy. I will take this. I am content.

26 comments:

  1. Oh, this brought on the tears. Such a touching post. Ivy is just so beautiful. I can't get over how perfect she is.

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  2. This too brings tears to my eyes, your passion for life is so wonderful! If we all could be in a place where we could say that "if this was it, I am happy" I think I will make a poster of this and hang it in my house --- and make it my goal to feel this way as often as possible!

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  3. I also love this post. You dad's feet make me laugh 'cause they look exactly like where my dad's were after dinner!

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  4. I love photos like this--where something precious and candid is caught--

    Blessings!

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  5. So beautiful. What a great picture!! Gotta love a little family time with the grandparents.

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  6. What a wonderful sweet post of reflection!

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  7. I have a big smile on my face.

    Thanks

    Jenn

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  8. She is so sweet! It is so amazing what sometimes the fleeting and mundane things actually means so much than imagined :) I'm glad you had such a very lovely Thanksgiving.
    Visiting here from Erin's blog. Come visit and say hello sometimes :)

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  9. She's growing into her own little person. Adorable little face. And as always you have such a way with words.

    Nell

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  10. Somehow she knew you were taking that pic - looking straight at your phone. She's precious! And capturing the moment just as it is - nearly impossible :)

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  11. Oh, all that you can see in a photo. You've got a great eye for life.

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  12. This was beautiful- sweet, wonderful, so true thoughts.

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  13. Love it! And how'd she
    get so big already? Love those cheeks!

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  14. The feeling of contentment is such a great gift- like all is as it should be and you can see and feel grateful for the blessings. I'm glad you had a good day and were able to enjoy the "bigness" of life.

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  15. Love the baby, we were blessed to have 4 that age at our Thanksgiving gathering, we had an unfortunate deleting incident so we'll have to try for a picture at Christmas. For now I'll enjoy yours.

    My Dad, who's gone now, taught all eleven of us that feet were a symbol of posterity. Your picture is beautiful and profound.

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  16. what a sweet photo, and a beautiful post. i am glad to hear you had a wonderful holiday with your family! we had a great day too~ we really do have so much to be thankFULL for!!

    xo,
    erika

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  17. I love your blog. It is so touching. You have a great passion for your life. It is so wonderful seeing someone that doesnt take it for grand it

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  18. Such a sweet post! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Wow, Ivy is growing up so quickly - she looks so big in that picture :)

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  20. Gush! She's so beautiful. And how wonderful to be surrounded by your family. Take it, for sure.

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  21. Steph! There is no way enough time has gone by for her to be that big. NO WAY. She is just yummy, from head to toe. That face is beyond precious. I love all the little bits of your family around you, that's what it's all about.

    Love!

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  22. A child can indeed complete a family. I feel the same way after I had my daughter. It feels that everything is in its proper place. Good luck to us mommies!

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