Katharan Poco Blossom Harter Carlberg is eight today.
Soon I’ll head to their house for a family and friends pizza party.
Today’s news showed long lines of people, waiting to buy lottery tickets, hoping to be the next billionaire.
Reminded me of this week’s verse for Community Bible Study.
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there you heart will be also.” Matthew 6:20-21 (ESV)
Part of this not-so-gentle-Swedish death cleaning unearths how much stuff I’ve accumulated over the years and makes me wonder the true cost of these “treasures” in time, money, energy, missed opportunities for something better.
How paltry most stuff looks next to people, nature and real life experiences.
Kate loves to play make believe and dress up. As part of her birthday gift I sorted through some of my costume jewelry, wrapped it up and gave it to her yesterday at a birthday brunch. After clipping on earrings, once her great grandmother’s, and wrapping herself in my fake pearls and assorted glittery pieces, she took a look at herself in the window, smiled and announced, “I look like a really good Mom.” To which her Mom responded, “That’s what you’ll be one day, Kate, if you choose.”
Of all the images she could’ve chosen, Kate picked, “a really good Mom.”
When we’re in the middle of it, we don’t always see too well. It’s easy to go for the trinkets and miss the treasures, like an eight year old who takes one look at herself and declares, “I look like a really good Mom.”
A real pearl for any, who for many reasons wonder, “How am I doing, God?”
Better than you think, and perhaps, “really good.”
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Good for you and for Kate’s mom in helping Kate aspire to be “a really good Mom.” In too many households the response would be, “Oh, you don’t want to be a Mom. You want to be a doctor/lawyer/scientist/professor.”
True, Mark. Kate’s mama has her Phd and is a therapist and a really good Mama, which her daughters exemplify. It’s possible to do both but challenging to keep the balance. I remember it well.
Loved this . . . AND, love YOU, a “really good” grandma!
Love being a Mormor ,aka MoMo aka grandma!
So sorry that I missed Poco’s eighth b/d celebration. It would have been so much fun to see her smiling face and give her a big hug. Hope that our card arrived in time. It carried all of our love in it!!
She received it, Randy, and misses you and your hugs at church. Thank you for remembering. She and we feel your love, dear “Grandpaman”, as they’ve called you since their grandfather left for heaven.
Really good for sure, Jan!
Every now and then, we all need a glimpse of what good and real pearls look like.
Love this, love Kate and love you! Thanks
And we love you, Pat!
Just so beautiful! You are such a gifted writer!
Love you, mamaJan!