Saturday, June 4, 2011

Road Trips

The beauty that I love about my blog is this: I write when life swells
within me and inspiration spills apon my fingertips.

It is amazing as I look back at my entries, it is a scapbook of sorts,
to the road on which I travel in life. It is beautiful and full, tiring and

Most every road that I have ever traveled on, from the open prairies
of Kansas, the coastline of Martha's Vineyard to the cliffs of Kauai,
the road meandered, curved and at times veered dangerously on a
hair-pin curve.  Isn't this a picture of our lives?

Before we had children, my husband and I set out on a road trip.

Our eventual destination was to visit his family in the Bay area of
California.  From Colorado, we headed west crossing through
beautiful and rugged mountains, green valleys and then we came
to dry, grayish-brown desert.  My husband was tired and asked
if his bride would take the wheel for awhile as he climbed in the
back to take a nap. 

Now that we have a quiver-full of children, that is no longer an option.

To keep from getting bored (or crazy) I looked at the time and milege
when my sweet husband layed down in the back and thought, "I wonder
how FAR I can get on the road before he wakes up".  I know, crazy.

Because I have such a patient and merciful Lord and husband, we did not get in an accident, but I did cover ALOT of miles in the short time my husband napped. I don't reccomend this.

As I have thought about that trip, I have seen how I have done this "hurry-up-and-get-this-over-with" spill into other areas of my life.  When the Lord blessed us with each of my children, at times, I couldn't wait till they reached the age that they could (fill in the blank).  Or when we could afford to......I would have the time to.........

Could it be, that I have not been enjoying the current view out the window on the current road I travel?

One day, my preschooler will not find sheer joy in letting me hold her, count her little toes and sing to her.  One day, my teen daughters will not be borrowing my earrings and the late-night talks will be replaced with the sounds of crickets. One day, my nine-year old son will not sit on the floor and re-inact a LEGO battle scene (with noises) for me.

But TODAY, on this road, I will slow my racing thoughts and slowly savor the fleeting and precious view.

Under His Wings,

Malinda B.


  1. Oh, my. I can really relate to this today! Thanks for sharing wisdom from one mom to another!

  2. Thanks for your thoughts today, and for linking up with Linda. I so understand what you're talking about and appreciate the reminder to take these days slowly!

  3. Thank you Melinda for linking up today. What a precious journey you took us on. Love it. I am savoring my girls that are still at home. I can't even imagine having an empty childless home. It will be very hard for me. Maybe the Lord will come before that.........I can dream.

    It was so fun to see that it was you, your pic was beautiful on the little square!


    Hi Amy and Kathleen!

  4. What a wonderful post! So true. I used to tell my children not to be wishing their lives away when they would say they "couldn't wait" for this or that. And adults can be like that too... always hoping for the next thing they think will make them happy. Thanks for sharing this wisdom with other ladies!

  5. Like Mrs.T said, I'm constantly telling my daughter that she CAN wait. I have to stop her and tell her that she needs to stay the age she is and try to be older so fast. I, too, have difficulties slowing down; I always feel like I must be doing something. Thanks for the reminder! Heather

  6. Absolutely Malinda! I would just like to encourage Linda Stubbs in particular by saying that a childless home is certainly not an empty home. It's a different road on the journey with a different view. I see so many mother's worried about what it will be like when their children are grown. Let me tell you, it's wonderful. It's such a blessing to continually enjoy our children, even as adults. Enjoy the view!

  7. Malinda, I am so there with you! I, too, was always waiting until... And now my son has grown up and moved out. I still have my teenage daughters (14 and 11) and believe me I am trying to make the most of what time I have! I tell Moms all the time, you will miss this someday. They don't believe me...yet.

  8. Such a beautiful post. Thank you for linking it up today.

    Yes, children grow up so fast. Mine are all grown up...Life speeds by. Enjoy every day with them as a gift from God.

    I hope you will join us next week. I will be having it on Tuesdays for now on.