Stay this Little.

“Don’t you ever grow up … Don’t lose the way you that you dance around in your pjs, getting ready for school …

Take pictures in your mind of your childhood … memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home …
remember the footsteps … remember the words said … remember the favorite songs …

Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up, just stay this little.

Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up,

it could stay this simple. I won’t let nobody hurt you, won’t let anyone break your heart … just try to never grow up ….”

[Have you heard this song? You need to go listen … beautiful …. ]

Tonight, we put our six year old daughter to bed …. and tomorrow she wakes up as a seven year old. I’m not sure how that is even possible but it is. I am constantly reminded by others (and myself) that each day is precious and that the days seem long but the years are short. I truly believe that. I would completely freeze time if I could. (And yet each new stage is so lovely and wonderful…. I also don’t want to wish away the beautiful future…)

When we got home from swimming lessons today, I had two choices (after homeschooling, washing the floor, vacuuming, cleaning, prepping dinner, starting laundry and unloading the dishwasher) – clean some more (it’s never ending around here) or sit and watch my girls play for a bit. So I sat. And watched. And loved it.

Lovelyn watched her sisters from her bouncy chair. She loves her fist right now. And I mean LOVES …

I’m so thankful that Lacey, even though she’s on the brink of turning seven years old, is still young enough to play make believe. She is still little. I hope that doesn’t change for a long, long, long time.

Sometimes [okay, a lot of the times] I complain about the millions of footprints on my hardwood floors … its nearly impossible to keep them looking presentable all the time … and that irritates me … but let me not wish away these little footprints in exchange for a shiny, perfect clean floor.  I would rather have these little feet dancing away than the shiniest, smoothest, footprint-free floors in the entire world.

Changing Lovelyn on the floor. I asked Lacey to take a picture – she did and I love it.  [I’m entering her into the local art show for photography this spring. We’re going to have so much fun with this project.]

Since Love was already undressed … a few more photos taken …

[don’t you ever grow up …]

[stay this little … ]

“Oh, darling, don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up, stay this little …. it could stay this simple. I won’t let anyone hurt you … no one will break your heart … just to never grow up…”

January 28, 2011 - 4:27 pm

Monique Lacey is amazing!! I always think this too!!! Lovely post!

January 28, 2011 - 1:47 am

Laura georgous photos! Tell Lacey she’s a natural – you should enter that one (although people may not believe a 7yr old took it! it’s too good) You’ll have to start developing her ‘brand’ next – may I suggest “Wee-Gigi”? 🙂

January 27, 2011 - 11:57 pm

Mich Gillian, Thank you for this post – as you know I have fallen in love with this song as well and how timely of you to write all this when just after Ally got home from school today I turned it on the computer…my girls started to hear her voice, left the Lego they were playing with and we all cuddled on my chair to listen together and I cried. It sealed the deal for me and my decision was instantly made then! So thank you for being my sign:) The pics, as always, are so beautiful – it is the subjects hearts that make them so precious! xo

January 27, 2011 - 11:34 pm

Photo Blogging Mum These are so beautiful! the first photo would make a gorgeous canvas…always look forward to your blog posts x

January 27, 2011 - 11:30 pm

Christine Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing this song – brought a tear to my eye thinking about my little guy growing up. Gorgeous pictures of your girls

January 27, 2011 - 11:27 pm

Margaret LaRocca Gillian, these photos are absolutely beautiful…so precious. It brought tears to my eyes to read the words to the song and your comments. You have a gift…and so does Lacey…stunning photo of you and Lovelyn.

January 27, 2011 - 11:19 pm

Brenda (Gillian’s Mom) Wow! Amazing thoughts!! Yes, we felt the same about you and Angela and Adam!! Why did you grow up???? Love the pics too!!

January 27, 2011 - 11:11 pm

Tabitha ~*sniffle*~ <— happy tears tho!!!! Such a beautiful post ♥

January 27, 2011 - 11:02 pm

Hilary You have a beautiful soul and it pours out of your photos:)

January 27, 2011 - 11:02 pm

Michelle Ziniuk WOW!! You made me cry!! In a good way of course! Time is precious, we should never take it for granted!! Thanks for reminding me of this tonight!

January 27, 2011 - 10:57 pm

Renee I love this post. I was just thinking today how FAST our childrens childhoods seem to go. I am so full of thankfulness to be home with them, delighting in each crazy moment that will one day be just a memory. So blessed……so very blessed for each small memory

January 27, 2011 - 10:52 pm

monica I love that song by taylor swift….makes me sad!