I’m in love with this picture.


I’ve been staring at it for a long time, thoughts swirling through my head. At first, I thought it was about details. That details matter and the little things that I do (or don’t do) are important. Blah, blah, blah.

But the more I look at it, my feeling has changed.

The marble is our time together. And another hand controls it, not mine. As soon as the ball starts rolling, it’s gone. And, unlike in the game, I can’t just pick it up, shine it a bit and start it at the top again. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Hm. So maybe it is about details. I can’t prolong my time with this little family of mine; it certainly won’t last forever. But I can fill it up to the brim with all the details of a loving, happy home.

So I guess I’ll just do that.


“We can do no great things. Only small things, with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa



MomJune 28, 2009 - 11:37 am

I’m proud of you for doing all things in your life with great love — especially caring for your family.

Tina RJune 28, 2009 - 12:44 pm

Love that quote. Thanks for your thoughts!

JenJune 28, 2009 - 5:53 pm


toniJune 28, 2009 - 7:10 pm

You are such a wonderful mommy and have a beautiful family! 🙂

BeccaJune 28, 2009 - 8:44 pm

Very well said!

Jenn MacJune 29, 2009 - 11:07 am

So beautifully written Erin…makes me slow down in this crazy life we’re all leading…

NatalieJune 29, 2009 - 11:54 am

Your words made the picture so much more special.

JanelJune 29, 2009 - 12:40 pm

I am having a really rough day today…losing my temper too much. Too much stress. Having a cancer patient around always puts a damper on everything. But your entry moved me. You are right and I should enjoy everything. Because it won’t be here forever.

Beatrice KillamJune 29, 2009 - 8:15 pm

Oh Erin! That just made my mama heart sing, it really did. And almost made me tear up, too. Because it’s so, so true. That time together slips through our fingers so, so quickly!! And there is no way to stop it. The only thing we can do is to slow down and enjoy it. And document in pictures so we will be able to go back to those moments after they’re long gone. And get just a tiny, sweet taste of those precious times.

nickiJune 30, 2009 - 7:51 am

love everything about this…the little fingers, the details, the words…awesome.

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