Slow Down the Passage of Time

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June 2000

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June 2010

The ten years between these pictures could not possibly have flown by more quickly.  Our three children could no longer “fit” in a little cave on our favorite west Vancouver Island beach, but we still could spend a few days together appreciating each others’ company as five adults.   The games around the table in the beach cabin were a bit more competitive, the conversation quite a bit deeper, the meals prepared by expert 21 year old hands, and much of the time everyone had their nose in a book.  When we all climbed into the hot tub together, we displaced a lot more water.  However, we still worked to build a sand castle with a moat in order to watch the incoming tide, much like the tide of time,  collapse it with a few swiping crashing waves.

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Now leaping forward six years, there are more wonderful changes, increasing the complexity of being all in one place as a family.  With the addition of two daughters-in-law with our sons on either side of the globe, we can now gather “virtually” to break bread together.  Building a sand castle to watch it wash away has become the stuff of memories.

There is much about our family that remains the same even as we have expanded and now dwell thousands of miles apart.  I rest in that knowledge.  I’m simply asking for the passage of time to take its time washing us back to sea.

 

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6 thoughts on “Slow Down the Passage of Time

  1. It’s bittersweet seeing them all grow up. But to see them all doing so well in their adult lives… I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4

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  2. Bittersweet, sometimes… but joyful… because, thanks be to God that your lovely family are all held together by that unbreakable bond of the Holy Spirit in your lives that unites you wherever you are.
    Wonderful memories, Emily. Thank you.

    And ‘thank you,’ Julie for reminding me of the 3 John quote. I had forgotten it.

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  3. Thank you for sharing the lovely photos of your family. So bittersweet, and yet so happy.. The loving strings from a mother’s heart can stretch and stretch- even to thousands of miles away. A bond that will never be broken, a love that will never stop.

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