Sunday, August 18, 2013

Welcoming


My bare feet creak along the old hardwood floor, while I open windows to let an evening breeze blow through this old house. Little girls lie quietly underneath their white sheets, as the lace curtains flap in the warm air. In a hushed awe I sit on my three year old's bed, smoothing the hair out of her eyes. My heart so grateful for the three gifts wrapped up in snuggly, tiny selves our family has been given.

A couple of weeks ago we drove down the old back roads that I drove on as a teenager. We headed towards the city and for the third time in my life, I knew that soon, we would welcome another little life into our home. I wondered if the same curves and juts in the road will be familiar to my children? Would they know the feel of these gravel roads beneath their feet? Would these pastures look the same? Will this country tug at their hearts? In low whispers I offered my thanks. 


Here we are, a family of five, and I think back to the course my life has taken and I'm still boggled by what a miracle it is that we are exactly where we are today. And I'm ever grateful for the small things. For those tiny, long sweet fingers that grasp my one, for the smell of freshly laundered onesies, and grass stains on little blue jeans. I'm heartsick grateful to be here, to be exactly here in this time, to have four hands smaller than my own to help bathe baby brother. I'm grateful for the sound of baby snuffles in the night and for the moon that shines through his window while feeding someone who has hardly known what sunshine is for two weeks. I am overwhelmed with the big girl holding a swaddled up boy, while the middle one snuggles onto my lap and we all cram into one bed to read bedtime stories, our bodies stuck together in the heat. While my sandals pad along the dusty road, beneath the hot August canvas of blue, with a babe nestled close to my body and wild girls ride their bikes each step is filled with gratitude and days pass. 

I realize it is these small things, they are the moments that are making up my life, my story, and they are my heart's song. 



He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.







33 comments:

Pom Pom said...

It's nice to see you. Yes, you're in the golden moments. Sweet and simple. God be with you, dear.

Grandma K said...

wow! WOW! Miracles indeed, all three!

Rachel said...

I'm SO happy for you all!! Precious baby boy! :)
Glad to see a post from you, and to hear things are well. :)

Deb said...

Congratulations! This is why you've been so quiet lately.
xo

Julia C. said...

Congratulations on your new little one! What a precious post!

~Julia

Down On The Farm said...

You are one blessed lady. Enjoy every second. My "babies" are 20 and 17. The time goes so fast, too fast. Soak it in, and remember it.

Shirley said...

Hey!!! You're back!!!! I can see what the hiatus from blogging was about- congratulations on the wee one!
Yes, each day is a blessing, and although we don't know His plans, they are always for our good as long as we let them be.

Anonymous said...

Oh Cheyenne:
So glad that you are back...didn't know about the baby. Congrats to you all...Have missed your blog.

martyterry@ymail.com

basebell6 said...

Clearly we must become Facebook friends because I am sooooooooooooo out of the loop on your life! I miss you!


A HUGE HUGE HUGE CONGRATS on your perfect little miracle! Enjoy!

Vicky said...

I find myself holding my breath as I read each word dripping with such realness I feel as though I am right along side you. Theres an ache in my chest and a longing in my arms that stirs as the words weave together. This glorious and bountiful blessing of a new babe! Love and blessings and best wishes- so happy to read this today!

Tori said...

Awww...congrats on your new little one! Glad you are back.

fernvalley01 said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful picture of life you paint

Jaclyn Hicks said...

Oh my goodness, how I've missed you! And here you had another little one, he is precious! Congratulations and many blessings.

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Oh, I have been thinking of you often the last few weeks! Now, I just came home from the hospital from having my own baby (another sweet girl) and was so happy to see your post in my inbox! Congratulations!!!

Gumbo Lily said...

Praising God with you and welcoming your baby boy to the world. God bless him. God bless you. And God bless your sweet family. Happy to *see* you again Cheyenne!

Libbie Doyle said...

Whattttt! A baby boy in the house! Love that! Congrats to you! It'll sure be a fun ride :) That is one blessed lil' boy :) Sending love & blessings for your new babe!

The Goerzen Girls...and Art said...

Oh friend...beautifully said! Looking forward to meeting this new little man!

LindaG said...

Congratulations!
Blessings to you all. ♥

Jamie said...

As always beautiful..... Awesome pictures - especially the last .... love this post - made me tear up!

Karen said...

It's a beautiful, beautiful thing xo

Alicia said...

Your heart holds gratitudes bursting with the stories of miracles here being raised in the glory of those old country roads. Many happy thoughts and much love for your family o' five.

Elizabeth Martin said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!!! What a beautiful post!!! :)

Elizabeth Martin said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!!! What a beautiful post!!! :)

jenn baerg jantz said...

isn't life a continuous miracle... everything that is happening and has?
you- are a miracle as are each of your precious 3. I can't wait to kiss his sweet face and hold him... hopefully this little one of mine and him are fast friends, soon :)
xo

LeAnna said...

So precious! Congrats, sweet lady. May this next adventure be filled with as much awe as the first two. :)

quintuplicatemom said...

Such a beautifully written post. Enjoy these moments!

Nell said...

A baby boy! My, you've been busy. Congrats on your bundle!

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Beautifully said Cheyenne, just beautiful! I love to read your words and how you convey your heartfelt feelings. Such a sweet, sweet post. You are so very blessed dear one. Congratulations on your little guy, such an adorable picture! We are also a family of five and it is so fun! Enjoy~

Crystal said...

Congrats on the new little one! he is adorable, and such lucky kids you have to grow up with that kind of life you create

Elizabeth BlueClearSky said...

Congratulations Cheyenne! Such a beautiful post and a sweet sweet new little boy. Enjoy these moments.

Jennifer said...

I have been wondering where you have been, now I know!!! Congratulations!!!!

Anonymous said...

So happy for you all, now we are anxiously awaiting Chels and Nicks little one. Missed your blogs while you were away!

Jaimi_C said...

Congratulations to you on your little boy! I had been missing you on your blog and was wondering if you had welcomed a new little one to the family. We only have 5 days left, give or take, and hopefully we'll be holding our own little bundle! I look forward to hearing from you again. Many blessings to you and your family!

Jaimi

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