Brady’s Fourth Birthday

February 24, 2011

Our little man turned 4 today!  It is hard to believe that so much time has passed and how much Brady has changed.  He is now more than ever a “little man” capable of riding a bike, making his bed, carrying on a serious conversation infused with some challenging questions, making people laugh and smile, caring for his little sister, and doling out more hugs than a mom could dream of!

As I reflect today, on my four years of motherhood, too, I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in God’s love by getting to love this little one (and Abby too!).  Brady is a daily reminder of how much there is in life to be thankful for– especially the simple, daily routine tasks that became cherished over time– a gigantic morning hug, snuggling in our “green chair” in the morning sipping milk and coffee together, an enthusiastic welcome upon return from preschool, reading at nap-time and night-time, rocking at nap and night-time, our three meals together to talk and just be with each other, playing outside in the afternoons and so on.

These moments are the moments that root our day.  That are not huge mountain moments, but they are simple daily reminders of the good in our world, of the hope in our world, of God’s presence in our world.  We both give and receive in these daily moments– just as we both give and receive in our relationship with God.

Who in our lives do we have the privilege of loving?
What are the daily moments that anchor and root our day as prayerful reminders of God’s presence?
For parents…what do our children teach us?

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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