I received this photo today from a friend in OKC who happens to be this little girl's mom and I can tell you it really caused me to smile big when I saw it. Hallie Reese is about 16 months old. And to think in less than a year our little Taylor Reese will be this big and fun and cute just makes me forget about the business at hand for a moment. And savor every single moment.
I smiled big because I know her mom really well and know about her dad. And I know this little girl has been blessed beyond measure because she has been born into a family where she will be loved unconditionally her entire life. And we all know some children are not so fortunate.
Time will fly by for this mom and dad. In what will seem like a blink of an eye, they will look back one day and will wonder where the time went. They will wish they could go back and re-live the days they are living right now. It just goes by so quickly.
I am reminded of part of that Gaither song I have quoted so many times:
Hold tight to the sound of the music of living.
Happy songs from the laughter at children at play.
Hold my hand as we walk through the sweet fragrant meadows.
Making memories of what was today.
Tiny voice that I hear is my little boy calling
For daddy to hear just what he has to say.
Or your little girl running there by the hillside.
May never be quite like today.
Little Hallie Reese will never be quite like she is today. And neither will your little girl. Or your little boy.
Take my advice and enjoy every single moment.
And smile big.