Time flies when you're having fun, sleeping, or welcoming your first child into the world (it should be noted that it's impossible to combine those last two). About 372 days ago, Ashlyn Nicole Smith took her first breath of fresh Austin air and she's been breathing, crying, eating, sleeping, and doing other necessary bodily functions ever since. It's been the slowest year of her life and the fastest of her parents'.
As I type this blog Ashlyn's crawling towards me on our hard wood floor, singing, screeching, and doing her "excited pant". I don't know what's got her worked up, but it sure sounds like fun! Things are so simple for little children. It doesn't take much to make them happy and they forget almost instantly the things that make them sad. For a little baby, every day is brand new adventure. Their little minds are constantly at work discovering new sounds, sights, tastes, and touches. The stuff that we take for granted are the very things that make life so exciting for a one year old.
G.K. Chesterton once wrote, "A child kicks its legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged...It may be that He (God) has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we."
As Ashlyn begins year number two, three, fourteen, thirty-four, and so on I hope that she'll hold onto her abounding vitality and ever seek to imitate the youth of our heavenly Father. - Shay