...Eva's not always going to be a 7-year-old begging me to sit on the floor and play Strawberry Shortcakes. In fact, it doesn't seem like too long ago that I was the one who loved to play with those dolls. Yesterday I helped her organize the toys in her bedroom- seeing the paper dolls, American girl dolls and art projects brought back a lot of memories. She has a lot of mature characteristics, but can be super silly and little girlish at the same time. She came over on Saturday and helped me bake peanut blossoms. She got the giggles as she exaggerated my instructions to make all the cookies uniform in size. I just love these two little guys. Before I know it, they're going to be all grown up.
Is this the right size???
Oh, maybe if I make it a little bigger....
(Yes, she was having a silly afternoon!)
...even though it feels like I haven't quite found the perfect rhythm to keeping my house clean, laundry done and dinner on the table (it seems like once a week our house looks like it "threw up" the contents of its cabinets and closets), I know it's never going to be easier than now. When we have kids and happy chaos someday, I'm sure there will be times that I'll look back fondly on how streamlined my days are now.
...I think one of the things that makes marriage great in the long run is when each spouse works to understand the other more fully, learning something new about the other every day. As much as we loved each other when we got married, almost a year and a half later, our relationship is even closer than it was then. I am so happy to have time with Nathan almost every day to just enjoy our marriage. Whether we're actually working on a project together, hosting friends, or just tackling our individual to-do lists in the evenings, I'm grateful to have these days and years to study Nathan as a person.