Friday, May 28, 2010

Helping hands

From a young age, Jenny would ask if I needed help. "No, let me finish this off myself" I'd say. "But mom....if two people work together, you'd be done much faster" she'd reply.

Little did I know that my girl had already begun to understand the concept of time. And she wholeheartedly believed that if I had more time, I would have time for her. So she did what any child could. She found small moments of possibility and asked "Can you play with me now?"

Little did she know that in a adult world there is never enough time. Even with her longing heart, her held back tears and all her strength it still took a change in me to realize that I needed to learn how to "hear" their cries and not so easily excuse them. So I started to search for moments when I could play with my children instead of finding reasons not to.

When I look at them, I see their patience. The real kind of patience that waits on people to finish and even helps. Not once being bitter, not once getting mad but hanging on to the words of promise. And when the clock strikes 1, I can almost see her face light up as she runs up the stairs to get her things. After all the barbies are in the kitchen we make lunch and discuss the plan for the next little while.

We usually have dessert with them. This one is out of yellow sponge, cut out and painted.

Perhaps get ready for a party. This ring was made our of wire and beads attached to a gem.

And some times go on a adventure. So much can happen in the back yard of a home.

I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3-4

Make time, hope.


  1. JUST what I needed to hear in this "season" of my life. Thank you for being you, Nadia!

  2. Tamar, you are amazing. Its always interesting to find that "your" season is mine as well. Thankyou for being a leaning shoulder in my life.

  3. that is so true nadia! abbie always wants to be with me and play, and i try the best i can, and yet she is very patient and waits for another try at it later. i love that about her. Great post.

  4. A shout out to our dear little girls. Loves :)