And yet in all of the festivities, these are the very best moments of all.
Morning coffee on the porch, everyone greeting the day slow, groggy-eyed holding warm mugs and snuggling.
Brothers bent over tackle box.
Auntie feeding nephew.
His little round tummy and bright happy eyes.
Sisters in a row, catching up and catching wind in their hair.
Sibling date (sans our kids!) in the town of Watkins Glen, getting pizza and Ben & Jerry’s and the most delightful little yarn store.
Walking the marina together.
Tubing and wakeboarding and running the boat until it ran dry.
Campfire gatherings in the evening, knitting and talking and playing guitar.
Squirt guns and barefoot bike rides and bubbles.
The boy coloring all over his body and face during nap time, “Line Man” as daddy declared him.
Mom and Dad stealing away for a tandem kayak in the whipping sun and wind.
Nap time watercolor quiet.
All the babies sleeping soundly under quilts.
Early morning glory in the sky and last sunsets set aflame with 4th of July fireworks.
All this glory, all these holy ordinary moments, hemmed in by sunrises and sunsets. Morning and evening, days ticking by, and us trying to squeeze from them every last drop, us trying to savor this never-to-be-repeated now. These are the very best moments of all, the ones we almost miss, the ones we pass over. It’s all good, but these are my favorite.