I recently saw a friend who is pregnant with her 4th child.  Her three children are the same age as mine, so I couldn’t help but wonder what our lives would be like if we had a fourth child.

Don’t get excited.  I’m not pregnant or getting pregnant.  (The factory has been closed).

My pregnant friend is in her 30s.  I’m in my 40s.  If we were younger, James always says we would have another.

So today I’m remembering what it was like to be pregnant.  Here’s me with baby Lucy in my belly.

Remember, this photo was taken in 2009!





And how cute Lucy was even at birth, pictured with big sister Noelle. 









Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”

Sometimes though, we grow weary in the season we are in.

There are days when my shoulders feel so tight because of stress.  I’m saying things to my kids like:

Do you have your shoes on?

Have you gone to the bathroom?

Don’t slam that door. 

Take care of your things.

Put your shoes in the same place so you can find them.

But looking back at photographs – like this one of Lucy taken about 2 years ago – helps me understand how quickly time passes.  In a short 5 years, I won’t remember all the inconveniences of being a mom of young kids.

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”

Oh Lord, I thank you for this season of snacks, go fish, Legos, read me a story mommy, and ice cream dates. 

If you have kids, why don’t you take a few minutes today to look at pictures of them from just a few years ago.

Can you believe they used to look like that?

It’s so good to cherish it all.

Arlene Pellicane

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