Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wee Three

Two generations back there were three little girls.  Sisters in that case, but all quite close in age.
To say they were always the best of chums would over sell the point a bit but as they grew to womanhood they came to appreciate each other's differences  and become very close and supportive of one another.

From those original three came 6 girls, our precious grand daughters who bring us such delight and joy.  They as sisters and cousins are best friends.  

Now, we are back to three again. This having been the Year of the Boy they have become quickly outnumbered. 

These Wee Three cousins are close in age.  The youngest just turned two, the other two are nearly four, having been born just days apart. Words fall short in describing the sweet joy these lassies bring.

These make up a delightful trio.  Already the differences in their temperaments are in evidence yet there are connection points too.  Each of them has days of mothering not just dolls but stuffed creatures of all sorts.  While Fairy Princess roles take up much of their energy, there are days when being pirates brandishing sticks for swords and lusty proclamations of 'Ho, Ho' are the game plan at least for the elder two. The dress-up basket is already a play factor and I'm sure will increase in favor in time to come. 

These all love books!  Stories read to them, of course.  That's what we do in this family.  But each can be quite content alone with a favorite book of choice as well.  That touches the heart deeply.

They love the created world around them and gardens.  That's important in this family.

They all enjoy treats and tea parties.  Even at their tender ages they have each been known to ask for a cuppa.  They know proper tea etiquette and are welcomed at the grown-up tea table anytime.  

While as yet they don't play that closely with each other, I think and hope that will happen in the years ahead.  I hope they will, in time, form a tight sisterhood.  Seems a wise thing with all the boy-people growing up around them. 

But most of all I hope and pray they will become godly women of integrity, gentle women of grace and influence who make a significant and honorable mark on their generation. Their mommies and daddies are bringing them up in this path. 

And Goodness and Mercy will follow them all of their day.
That's a Promise we know not to fail.