July 06, 2010

two gifts wrapped in one week

Typically, summer means that the kids are off on a little trip with Eric's parents... and Eric & I have a week or two, just for us. This time, Eric & Cam were the ones away... gone to camp, and it is was just us girls.  It was a week I will never forget. A week I always want to remember. While I try not to focus on the time that is slipping through my fingers, the fact that I cannot halt it, or even slow it a bit, never wanders too far from mind. And so this week, during which we played and worked together in harmony, has been a gift. A true and beautiful gift. 
Another gift wrapped up in last week?  Having the privledge of watching my daughter interact with the kids at the horse therapy camp where she is working.  Each day she comes home covered in paint and dust... and totally exhausted, her heart overflowing with joy.  I can see it in her eyes and hear it in her voice... she is the one receiving the gift, though the time she gives is a gift to the program.  My own heart feels so full... so happy that she gets it.   It may be better to give than to receive... but when it comes to giving your time, your energy and your heart... the gift you give fades from sight and the gift you receive is all that matters. 
One week... two gifts.   Beautiful, beautiful.
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12 comments:

imoomie said...

Harmony, sigh...how content you must be feeling. Truly a gift between mother and daughter.

One more thing we have in common, my 16 year old lives at the barn, I can completely relate to the dirty, dusty, joyful balance that she too comes home with wrapped around her. Priceless.

Dayle said...

These are the moments we will remember, the sweet moments of children still under our roof, still coming into their own.

Busy Bee Suz said...

The gift giving and getting seems to be endless in your life!!!!

xoxoxox
Suz

Dawn said...

in harmony...yes, it is possible with a teen daughter. Wonderful.

And that she is getting it as she gives--almost more than a mama could ask for...

Richella said...

All those days for just the two of you. What a gift.

And how wonderful that Laura is giving in this new way! She gets it, all right. And she gets it from you. :)

Southern Gal said...
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Southern Gal said...

I haven't been here in a while and I don't know why. So glad I visited today. When is Africa?

It just does something to your heart when they "get it", doesn't it? Love that.

Oh, and I love your music. Just to See You Smile? I'd listen to it all day long.

Kelli said...

Two very rich and rewarding gifts that you will never forget!!!

togetherforgood said...

beautiful gifts. :)

Jennifer said...

What a blessing that she gets it. What a gift that she already gets it. Beautiful! Such a wonderful week... one with memories to last a lifetime. :)

Gayle said...

Lovely post. Giving is truly its own reward.

Elizabeth @claritychaos said...

Dawn, you know I love reading about you and your teenagers. This makes my heart swell. You always leave me looking forward to the decade I have ahead.