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Enveloped in small wonders

sleeping littlesI nose-kissed my son, rubbing my nose against his after reading him one of my childhood favorites, The Rainbow Goblins. He grinned and giggled, so I followed up with a forehead kiss.

His eyes were closed and his breathing had slowed by the time I pulled my forehead away from his. A toothy grin alit his face, inspiring me to smile, too. I stroked his hair and savored the sound of his slowing breath as he fell deeper into slumber.

It’s been months since I last watched him step into dreamland. He usually wants to keep playing if anyone else is around, so our bedtime routine ends with a couple of stories and him humming himself to sleep, by himself, afterward.

I’d forgotten how magical it is to watch him transform from my little whirling dervish to my little sleeping angel. Something awakened in me last night watching this transition: a yearning to be enveloped in small wonders.

So busy looking for big bloggable events, I’ve lost sight of precious many small moments.

I’m seeing now. With a great big smile, I am seeing now.

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  1. Running from Hell with El
    January 9, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Awesome, my friend. The little moments, when juxtaposed with the big ones, give flavor, color and nuances to the latter. xo

    • January 9, 2013 at 6:16 am

      So true, and beautifully stated! Already there have been so many small wonders today. I’d be OK with no big events for a few days. 😉

  2. January 9, 2013 at 6:01 am

    This piece made me smile, in fact, I’m still smiling! 🙂 As a mother of two older teens, it truly is the small moments that make me pause and smile… all the others- they’re good too, but it’s the small things that end up being the BIG things in life; the moments that reside in your heart for a lifetime! Enjoy them, Friend!

    • January 9, 2013 at 6:04 am

      I was emailing friends, something it’s been way too long since I’ve done in most cases, when I got the itch to write about this. This is the kind of thing I want captured for posterity. This is the kind of thing I can look to for relief when I’m sweating small details. It felt so good to live, to revisit, and now to read your comment and wonder what small wonders are in store for my days ahead. Have a wonderful day, Carol! ♥

  3. January 9, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Sometimes it’s good just to slow down and live in the beautiful moment. You expressed it well.

    • January 9, 2013 at 7:03 am

      I am almost always happier being in this moment, save when I am writing and being in another moment is sometimes both enjoyable and essential!

  4. Sheri
    January 9, 2013 at 6:36 am

    SO MUCH LOVES<3<3<3

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. January 9, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Beautifully written! I love watching my 1-year-old fall asleep. What a nice reminder to treasure these moments.

    • January 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      I almost got to witness it again tonight, but he was doing everything in his power to stay awake. Even so, I savored the snuggles and the whispered, “I love you forever, mama.” So much sweetness.

  6. January 9, 2013 at 7:25 am

    That picture just made my whole heart and smile and person melt. I get caught up in looking for a story, too. Takes a day of real life for me to realize the story’s all there. I just miss it.

    • January 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      So, so perfectly put, Tori. I slowed down this evening and listened to the story again. It was just as wonderful tonight as last night. I think imma keep this up.

  7. Val
    January 9, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Lovely, sweet post. 🙂 I much prefer when people blog about the real things in their lives than those ‘big events’.

    • January 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      I think I’m gravitating that direction myself. I know there are big things that are going to call to be blogged about, but I think I’d like those to be the exception instead of the rule. It’s strange venturing into unchartered territory, but not so bad when it’s so sweet as this. 🙂

  8. January 9, 2013 at 9:19 am

    This was wonderful… one of those moments that will stay in your heart forever.

    • January 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      I was getting grumpy and discontent earlier when I remembered that sleepy smile, and all was well again. It really will stay in my heart forever.

  9. January 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Simply moments are good, too!

    • January 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      True story! I think I got this on some level before last night, but last night I Got it. 🙂

  10. January 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Those are the moments that bind us. They become the tapestry you gaze back upon when your little boy becomes a man. They are unique because only you will ever look at him through a mother’s eyes. I’m feeling nostalgic about my little dude today, too.

    • January 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      This comment is such a sweet note to wind down to, Lisha. I’ve just opened up your blog and am looking forward to reading your post, which I opened to read earlier but didn’t get a chance to revisit.

  11. January 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I couldn’t have asked for better inspiration today, Deb. Perfect.

  12. January 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Beautiful.I love watching the little ones sleep.You reminded me of a time when my oldest granddaughter and I were heading up to take a nap and my husband was laying on our bed.Alexis looked at him and said”Papa you are in my spot.”It melted my heart.

    • January 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Aaaaw. You know, I suddenly have a hankering to wake the little guy up and go through bedtime routine again. I won’t do it, but I sure do want to.

  13. January 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Great experience for you to have stopped and savored. . . and shared. The little things are so easy to overlook but almost always turn out to be the most important over the years. Thanks for the reminder.

    • January 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

      Speaking of little moments, I am right now savoring the twin snores of my dudes. These are the last I will hear in this apartment, and I am marking each one with love.

  14. January 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    It really is the little things in life that give us light and moments of peace…stopping to notice them is so important. XOXO

  15. January 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Children have a way of making sleep seem so comforting. They grow up so quickly. It’s nice to be able to have those moments. Treasure them ….

    • January 12, 2013 at 6:44 am

      I do, and I think I will treasure them more by the day. It’s not yet 7am here, and already there have been a few moments to savor now and treasure ongoing.

  16. January 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I needed to be reminded of the small wonders. Watching children as they sleep is definitely a blessing. I still love feeling my son’s breath on my face when I rock him to bed.

    • January 12, 2013 at 6:48 am

      I love the image that springs to mind from your comment. this morning, Li’l D awakened at 4:30 and protested the thought of returning to bed. I asked if he wanted me to go with him. He did, so I tucked him in and played with his hair until he fell back to sleep. That was just the thing to start moving day. We’re moving, but we’re taking the best stuff with us.

  17. January 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    The simplest moments are the most beautiful! Putting my kids to bed is easily my ‘favoritest ‘ritual of mommyhood. reading a good book together, feeling their arms hugging me tight and then slowly letting loose as sleep claims them! Divine 🙂 Love the way you wrote this piece

  18. January 10, 2013 at 2:28 am

    I love you shared this. The simple small pieces are truly what create the weave in the tapestry of our shared lives.

  19. January 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Oh how I love this (and the picture, holy moly that is cute!). My most favorite things to blog about are the small and simple moments.

  20. January 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    They grow up so fast. Sometimes I feel a surge of emotion when I think about all those precious little moments that will one day disappear. Love the photo, BTW.

  21. January 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    The priceless gift of being a parent. To watch and be amazed of our children’s world. These are beautiful, “I’d forgotten how magical it is to watch him transform from my little whirling dervish to my little sleeping angel. Something awakened in me last night watching this transition: a yearning to be enveloped in small wonders.” My son woke me up today before heading for work. He’s my alarm clock. He would jump on my chest and tickle me until I say, “Okay, I’m awake!” These moments are priceless and we need to treasure them for as long as we can . Happpy New Year!

  22. January 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I love hearing all stories of the mother-son bond (being a momma’s boy myself.) Thanks for giving us this gorgeous peek into your life!

  23. minisculegiants
    January 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know I’m passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to you. Here’s the link to the post where I blogged about it: http://gwenbristol.com/2013/01/13/698/

    Thanks for a really great blog!

  24. January 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Oh, this is so sweet. I usually don’t get to watch my boys (4 and 2) drift off to sleep either, but when I get to it is priceless. This morning I had another priceless gift: The baby slept in and the boys entertained themselves for longer than usual. I put out some breakfast and crawled back into bed. In my semi-conscious state I heard my younger son asking for me, and my older son said, “No, we can’t go find Mommy now. She’s sleeping. Come, let’s play!”

    The sweetest! Enjoy your precious small moments, and thanks for reminding me to enjoy mine.

  25. January 14, 2013 at 7:48 am

    My husband and I used to fret that we coddled our daughter to sleep every night because she had to – still does – have someone in the room with her to get to sleep. Then we put it in perspective: she was two. Two years old and the most adorable little ball of goodness we knew. So we quit fretting, knowing that when she’s 14 we will want to be there and she will be annoyed. At almost four, she still requests a human presence as she drifts off and at almost two, my son still nurses down most nights. It’s a wonderful moment to be a part of in their daily lives where, like you said, they transform from crazy people into angels. Thanks for the reminder.

  26. January 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Rainbow goblins? Any relation to Uriah Heep’s Rainbow Demon? Or am I just dating myself again? (Hey, that IS legal here in Ohio, among many other more … interesting things. 😉 )

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