Six Years Ago

Six years ago, we walked into the hospital a duo and came out a trio.

October 19, 2006

Six years ago, everything changed. My heart, mind, and body were twisted and curved, expanded and transformed to take on new shapes, new roles, new perspectives. Our patience, willpower, and commitments have been tested and challenged, pulled and stretched, and like an elite athlete after training for a competition, we have emerged stronger, fitter, more confident because of it.

October 19, 2007

Six years ago, my heart cracked open, bringing with it a tiny little person – a person! – with all the tenderness, restlessness, and carefree confidence imaginable.

October 19, 2008

Six years ago, the sands of time accelerated, moving so quickly at times that I am left shuddering in terror that I might be swept away by the sheer force of it all.

October 19, 2009

If my pleas would allow me to press “pause” just for a few moments or replay certain moments during the past six years –moments of joyful bliss and even those moments of parenting failure that I would like to change – I would be down on my knees, praying to any and every god willing to listen.

October 19, 2010

But, of course, that is impossible.

Perhaps I can slow time down a little though. Maybe if am a little slower to anger and aggravation; quicker with hugs and forgiveness. If I issue fewer orders and admonishments; offer up more laughter and entertainment. If I lower expectations for achievement, success, and milestones; raise expectations for happiness, authenticity, and self-confidence.

October 19, 2011

Maybe then I can slow the quickly moving sands of time. And the next six years won’t speed by as quickly as the past six years have.

October 19, 2012

Linking up with Galit and Alison for Memories Captured.



  1. Oh, Happy Birthday sweet boy!
    He’s the mirror image of you, Christine.
    Lovely, lovely post. Thank you for linking up with us.

    • Christie Reply

      Thank you, Alison. And thanks for hosting the link-up.

  2. Awwww! What a sweet post. Made me teary, thinking of my own no longer little boy. Nothing can compare with the bond between a mother and son.

    Happy birthday to your dear little one!

  3. kathleen fischer Reply

    Lovely – It does go way too fast – a multicolor roller coaster ride with highs and lows, twists and turns with a soundtrack of mostly laughter. Happy birthday to you all!


    • Christie Reply

      A roller coaster ride for sure. So many ups and downs. Fortunately, the downs are usually easily forgotten.

  4. Reply

    Thanks for the flashbacks! I adore Jackson and feel blessed I’ve gotten to watch him grow alongside my own Sophia. By the way, Sophia alerted me to the fact that in 6 more years, she will be ALMOST a teenager. Now, where is that pause button???!!!

  5. Ohmyheart, this is lovely.

    I absolutely adore through-the-years posts, and the love and adoration (and honesty and real) in this one, are especially wonderful.

    Happy 6th birthday to your sweet boy!

    • Christie Reply

      Thank you! I’d love to compile a book of the posts about my kids. Hmmm…that gives me an idea…

    • Christie Reply

      Thank you! He had a great birthday. And the rest of us survived.

    • Christie Reply

      Too fast for sure. What is that saying? The days are long, but the years are short. So, so true.

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