During our weekday lunches, it is not unusual for the kids to throw a DVD on for our viewing pleasure. It will often be a DVD recorded at our homeschool group's talent show or maybe a play. Today's choice was something that I haven't seen in almost 5 years...when I burned it for my daughter. It is a collection of videos and pics taken by my daughters, their cousins and friends in 2007 using my eldest's video camera. While there were certainly plenty of moments when I needed a motion sickness remedy due to the filming method of the videographer...there were times I experienced E-motion sickness too...a real roller coaster ride between joy for my many blessings...and sadness over the times forgotten...and laughing at the girls' antics...and disbelief over the haste with which time flies.
As I sat there, I saw my toddler sitting at the dinner table making farm animal noises at her sister's prompting. There was a long video of the girls touring the Detroit Zoo's reptile house with their dad...all voices, shoes and reptile habitats. There was loads of video from my kids' annual trip to Torch Lake with their grandparents and cousins that summer...and some featuring the eldest's karate class. I sat watching them...mesmerized by these young faces, toothless smiles, diaper-padded bottoms. And a special treat...a video featuring my grandma (affectionately known as Granny) who went to meet Jesus face-to-face two years ago this month.
What a special treat this was today...and I didn't even know it was coming when I started my day! This collection is something that I will forever...and ever...treasure. Here's just a sampling...you may want to make sure you are sitting down...or at least have a view of the horizon...and a tissue for me.
All three girls playing Ring-Around-The-Rosie
Filming herself practicing her cartwheels