Not sure where it came from, or why exactly it showed up, but today, I was struck by an incredible bout of nostalgia.
Does that ever happen to you? Suddenly, completely out of the blue, you're bombarded with memories from the past... totally overwhelmed with how fast time has gone... and though you can't get those moments back, thankfully, they're etched in a special, deep place in your heart, never to be snatched away.
That's been today for me. Specifically from when we first arrived in Thailand, almost 2.5 years ago. I suddenly couldn't help but look back at pictures from that time, and remember the very teeny, tiny, little Callie that we brought with us.
Curly blonde hair, a button nose, rosy & round little cheeks.... just pure, innocent cuteness. She literally had no idea just how much her life was about to change. But she had us and so, everything was a-ok with her.
Though those first months were TOUGH, I have such happy memories from that time in our lives. Such happy memories of my sweet little girl.
I found out a mere 3 weeks before we left for Thailand that I was pregnant with (who would eventually become) Marek, and at the time, the thought of that was totally terrifying and so far outside the plans I had made for our family for our first year in Thailand.
But then, that sweet little bundle of goodness arrived, changing our lives forever... for the better.... and I smile at the instant reassurance I had that this was indeed, a far better plan than I could have ever dreamed or imagined for us.
A child full of joy, love and excitement for life that is hard to match. Just what this culture-shocked Mama needed.... and continues to need.
And now, we prepare for our upcoming MINA (Ministry in North America) and they suddenly feel so..... grown up. And I'm trying desperately to cling to the moments of when they were "littler." Yet, at the same time, am absolutely loving their "grown-up" personalities.
So, today... my heart is full of thankfulness for the memories that have been, and the ones that will be. Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing.