My sister and her family visited us once more over the weekend after having made a trip up to Utah to see friends.
In that time, baby Charlotte learned to sit up!
I caught a second darkling beetle to keep peace amongst sisters...not me and MY sister, mind you.
During this last hurrah, we enjoyed all the togetherness we possibly could.
I wonder that with my own children, my husband, my family and friends, complete strangers, the 7-11 attendant who eyeballed the pile of candy I bought last week and still called me m'lady.
That was very generous of you, kind sir.
I'm far from being the person I hope to become and that isn't false modesty but rather the cold, hard truth. I have my flaws, my regrettable moments, the damage I've sustained along the way...but I still take very seriously my place upon this planet. I wonder about my effect on others, to what degree I build, steady, and nuture.
I hope my little nieces know how dearly I love them, what joy it brings me to see them happy and healthy, each one so interesting in her own way.
I hope anyone who crosses my path feels that to some degree.
I look out over this world and see such goodness, but also the need for a great deal more of it. It's always haunted me, to see where goodness is needed yet lacking, especially where children are concerned. There's no doubt I fail to take advantage of every opportunity to be the person who reaches out, but that's what I want more than anything else: to steady, to make others feel safe and loved, helping them recognize the goodness in themselves, their incredible, infinite worth.