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Is This A Picture I Really Want People To See?

Is This A Picture I Really Want People To See?

ThisisWhatYouDoI had been huddled under a small umbrella for the better part of an hour as the rain poured down. I was soaked and shivering. The kids, on the other hand, were giddy.

We always like to claim one day during the summer when the kids can swim in the neighborhood pool while it’s raining. I have to agree that it’s something of a spectacular experience. There’s just something about sharing smiles and exhilarated shoulder shrugs as you go for one more dive into your pool-turned-stormy sea. That is, until the lifeguards blow their whistles and declare your playground too dangerous and then you huddle under a too-small umbrella, wrapped in wet towels with your mom. Game over.

Then finally. Finally the rain eased up and a sliver of sun peeked out. I saw our chance. We had a hill to climb, bodies to dry, lunch to make, a movie to watch.

We quickly threw everything into the wagon and set off, hoping to make it home before the heavens opened again. My oldest son took off (why wait when you have long legs?) and the middle one and I walked along, pulling the little one. Slowly, slowly.

That’s when she called out to me.

I’m thrilled to be guest posting over at Allume today. Continue reading here!




  1. Elizabeth says:

    Love this–so real!

  2. Katie,
    Thank you. My eyes are filled with tears….right at this moment. This summer is flying by and for me it started off stormy even though the skies were clear. I’ve felt like I needed to give my boys more “summer fun” even though I didn’t always feel “summery.” Through your words I realize how many wonderful moments we have enjoyed this summer. Moments no one captured by camera but that I have in my heart. Thanks again for reminding me that no moment is too small to savory its sweetness.


    • Margo, I am sure your boys are getting their hearts full of wonderful memories of your time together! I’m always so surprised when my boys bring up some little thing (like when I let my oldest help make lasagna–once!) as being one of his favorite memories. Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement that mean so much to me.

  3. Great story mom! Can’t wait to read the rest.

  4. Love this… So cute:)! Lovely. I look forward to reading more=) God bless.

  5. Alyce Ross says:

    Katie, I love to read your blogs. I too had three boys, and I loved being a mom. It was terribly frowned on to be a stay-at-home mom in my day. And, like you, I was so surprised about the memories our boys cherish. But their favorites were like the day you explained, or something very simple. God has blessed us with boys who enjoyed just being together. How wonderful to know that God can bless even a sick time as being a cherished memory.

    • So glad to hear you have wonderful “snapshots” of your time with your boys, Alyce! I’m trying to take the pictures in my mind (as well as in real life) because so many little moments are so sweet and funny. Thanks for your encouragement!

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