A Tilt of the Head

Last night as I was driving home from a shopping adventure, I peered into the back of the van to see if the kids had fallen asleep, yet.  Based on the meltdowns and general unreasonableness, I knew what time it was without seeing a clock and that my kids were through for the day. Sure enough, the kids who had exhibited devilish behavior fifteen minutes prior were now sporting angelic expressions as they breathed in and out, falling deeper and deeper into sleep.

The three of them couldn’t look any more like brother and sister, and I chuckled upon noticing that they all had tilted their heads to the left, no matter their position in the van.  I then wondered if Matt slept that way and tried to pull up a picture in my mind of him sleeping in the car.  There weren’t many (thank goodness) since he’s normally driving when we’re together.  I was pretty sure I naturally tilted my head to the right and wondered if genetics played a role in which way felt more comfortable.  After all, all three of them were sleeping the same way, but they didn’t seem to get that preference from me.

And I smiled.  This past week my marriage consumed my thoughts–what it means to work together, putting aside our own preferences for the good of each other and our family, finding comfort in the discomfort of life.  When I saw those three babies sleeping, I knew they each carried part of me and part of Matt–by the miracle of God, they were from our making.  They each would have some of our flaws, I hope, more of our strengths, but within those precious, unique individuals was part of a man and woman who committed to love each other and them for the rest of their lives.

And that love that brought forth this union is beautiful, no matter how ugly life gets.

Each Friday I will write a post reflecting on something specific from the week for which I am grateful.  Won’t you join me?  Write a comment about something this week for which you are thankful, or provide a link to a post of your own.  Let’s end our week together giving thanks.

36 thoughts on “A Tilt of the Head

    1. 🙂 My stream of consciousness takes me to interesting places. I've been reflecting on my marriage this week, so when I saw the three of them looking exactly alike, my mind just went there.

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  1. Jennifer, just think, if you didn;'t have these 3 kids, your stories might have to be about Mom or perhaps me in your blog. Your following would consist of maybe two…. Mom and I. Count your blessings.
    Dad

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  2. I think this might just be my favorite post yet. I needed to read something like this today. Thanks for reminding me of my own warm and fuzzy blessings :o)

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    1. I'm glad you feel better now. I know sometimes your kids probably act like monsters, just like mine do, but remember this–you have darn cute monsters! And one of them actually looks like you, too. 🙂

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  3. Reading your post tonight made me think of all my sisters and brothers and how thankful to God i am for them. Especially Mary who has filled the role of Mom for me on many occasions. And then my brother, Skip, who despite his circumstances can laugh and make all of us so happy he is here. Elaine, my older sister who always had my back while growing up and still does. Janet, my baby sister, who shared so many tea parties with me, i'm amazed she drinks tea today. My baby brother, Kevin, who i enjoyed many road trips with esp. to DC.
    i love and thank my God for you each time i think of you.

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