Saturday, December 18, 2010

Everyday Life: Enough

E. {who is no longer a baby, so he will now just be known as E.} has been doing this thing where he throws his arms around my neck and just squuuueeeeezes and squeezes and squeeeeeeezes until his little arms give out from hugging me so tightly.

It wasn't something I taught him; rather, he just decided one day that he'd hold on so tight and for so long nearly every time I picked him up that I couldn't possibly even think about putting him down.

And when he's got his arms secured around my neck in a big hug, I can't put him down.

Nor do I even want to.

I just want to hold him and love on him the way he needs to be loved.

During those ultra-long embraces, it's like he simply cannot get enough mommy. And then I simply cannot get enough of him.

A few nights ago as I lie in bed thinking about my sweet boy who was actually lying beside me in the fierce hug position, I thought to myself this is what God wants from me.

He wants me to hold on and squueeeeze and squueeeeeze and squuuuuueeeze when I need to be loved on -- like I simply cannot get enough of Him.

Sometimes I look other places for that love; sometimes I look here to my friends' words of encouragement.

And that encouragement is so, so good. I appreciate it.

But right now, this week especially, as I prepare my heart and help my family get into the right spirit to celebrate our Savior's birth, I know I really just need to throw my arms around His neck and hang on so tight and just squeeze.

I hope you will have a chance to do the same.

I'll be scheduling some of my favorite Advent posts this week, but, likely, I won't be around much. And comments will be closed, so at to not take any of your precious time during this final week before Christmas. {As always, feel free to send word via carrier pigeon or email if you need or simply just like.}

Happy Advent, friends.


  1. Oh, love the way he does that. Love the way you used it to describe what matters most of all. Merry Christmas!!

  2. Such a sweet picture!

    And I often feel that tug, that tickling in my mind to turn to Him even though I've conditioned myself to find all my love and affirmation in other places. Some of the lyrics to one of my favorite worship songs are, "Draw us near to Your heart... Hold us face to face." I love thinking of being held face to face to my Father, of wrapping my arms around His neck so tight.

    Thanks for this -- it filled my heart up in the best way.

  3. Enjoy the moments this week... beautiful post, Hy. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas :)

  4. This is such a beautiful thought! And what a sweet boy!

  5. Love the comparison! Enjoy your Christmas!

  6. This is so sweet, and so true! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm enjoying yours so much.

  7. I hope you enjoy much love and happiness -- this week and always.

  8. Your words are such gifts to me. Wishing you and your family a most blessed, joyful and merry Christmas Hyacynth! Keep hugging those handsome boys :)

  9. Awww that is so sweet. I love the genuine hugs and kisses and squeezes and expressions of love that they learned from us but we never consciously taught them. Great photo of the two of you, too! :)


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