Every now and then during our school time I hear, “Shhhhhh! Everybody BE STILL!” All eyes in the room shift slowly toward the window because this declaration invariably means that a feathered visitor has come to our bird feeder.
For the few seconds that it takes for the little bird to pick through the seeds, find the tastiest one, and fly off, we are indeed still. We hold our breath in wonder. We try not to blink.
My internal mommy voice whispers “Be Still” to me often. Be still and look… look how the sun coming in through the kitchen window lights up his blue eyes. Those are his Daddy’s eyes – the very same ones – and here they are making me fall in love all over again. Those eyes are magic.
Be still and listen… listen to their chatter in the next room. Listen to the way that they all call each other by the same name, “Brother.” “Brother, can you help me open this?” “Brother, look what I made!” Pray that they will always be such good friends.
Be still, cease all your striving after boiling pots and deadlines and remember that these days are feathered things, only here for a little while.
Remembering to be still is hard for a boy, and hard for a mommy too. So you can imagine how pleased I was to unwrap this lovely little reminder.. a sweet necklace from the amazingly talented Lisa Leonard. The piece is entitled, what else, “Be Still.” Wearing it around my neck helps me to remember to sometimes stop, hold my breath, and try not to blink before this moment flies away.
Lisa is an amazing craftswoman, and her work is just so rich and soulful. If you have the occasion to buy a gift or are looking for a wearable reminder of what you hold dear, please do visit her shop.
A few quick notes –
1. We have just added a “Winter Book 1” to our Book of Days shop. This is an updated and combined version of our original January and February ’09 books. It’s full to the brim with great ways to spend time together as a family.
2. For the other bird lovers among us, click on the photo below to visit a live video feed from a hummingbird’s nest. I could sit and watch it all day.