Here I sit, at the cutest little coffee house in Cannon Beach. Babe in front of me, quietly batting at her toys in her car seat. She is content just to sit and observe the world around her- for the time being. We do this often. Hang at coffee shops. Mama on her computer editing recent client's photo shoots (usually), and babe either in the boba napping/snuggling, or more recently, in her car-seat/stroller looking out at the world surrounding her. I know this time is short. This time where she is content to just be. To quietly play. To coo and smile at the passer-byers. To gently fall asleep to the noise of the espresso machine and chitter chatter. It reminds me that each phase of this life is short. Each day a new day to see the world a new way. She's observing each moment. Taking in the world surrounding her in more ways than I even realize. Each moment I'm with her, I try and shift my thinking and consider if I was observing all things around me for the very first time. Goodness, having a baby sure changes more than I ever thought it would; in the best way possible.
And, so... I introduce wide-angle Wednesdays. Where, I write about anything and everything this wide world offers. This wild, beautiful, world. It often might simply be photographs or a short story from the week, or whatever is on my mind. But, I'm challenged to see things differently; I'm challenged to get down on the floor and play, to read aloud to her in the most silly and obnoxious voices because it makes her smile and giggle, to shower her with kisses, because only God knows when they may be our last. I'm challenged to see the wide-angle. To open my eyes and mind widely & to take this life in full. Each morning, Bonnie and I sing, "this is the day the Lord has made." It continues, "I will rejoice and be glad in it." And so, I'm challenged to live abundantly, rejoice, and be glad in the days that the Lord has given us.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest." John 10:10