Pause-Worthy Moments

Update at bottom of post.

Do you ever wish that life had a pause button? I would have gladly used it when our family vacationed up in the Smokey Mountains this summer. Or when our son graduated from high school this past May. Or perhaps I’d simply use the pause button to grant myself a few extra moments on any given day to absorb the quietly spectacular events around me. Like the breathtaking play of sunlight on peach-colored clouds surrounding me during a walk last week. Or the joy of laughing myself to tears along with my thirteen year old daughter, as she pounded her legs ever faster on our family room rug in an effort to beat her best friend on Wii Fit.

Pause-worthy moments. Life is filled with them; God is in the midst of them. Precious, fleeting, agonizingly sweet instances that occur daily and in a breath are gone.

Tomorrow I fly up to Tennessee for the birth of my 4th grandchild. My daughter in law has experienced some serious complications these last few weeks of her pregnancy, and we are 99% certain that she will be induced on December 30th. She has asked me to please come and help, and I’m not only thrilled, I’m honored to be there and assist in whatever way I can.

This decision means that for the first time ever, I will not be with my husband and two other children on New Year’s Eve. Though my heart is torn, I’m compelled to go. I thank God that my family here is blessing me as I depart.

A new year. A new life. I look forward to many pause-worthy moments in the coming week. And when I arrive home, countless more will be awaiting me. Not because my life is perfect, but because the Perfect One is in control.

I wish you, a 2009 filled with an abundance of poignant, God-breathed, pause-worthy moments.

My beautiful daughter in law gave birth Tuesday night (Dec. 30) to a perfect 6 lb., 3 oz. girl named Scarlet Rose. Mother is well, baby is adorable, and Grammy...exhausted, but praising God for His goodness...and for ordering my steps. Thanks for your prayers, bloggy friends!


Sheryl said...

Wow, what a great post! What an honor that your daughter-in-law would request your presence.

I have been forced on "pause" for a year and a half and I will say it has caused me to really see all that is around me. Wishing you a wonderful time with your new grandbaby.

Joyful said...

Ah...pause worthy moments...I just posted several I want to hold on to from Christmas day on my blog - hope you'll come back for a visit. (Thanks for your comments on my previous two posts!)

Praying for you as you travel. May this be the beginning of another pause worthy moment you will cherish with your daughter-in-law. Beautiful post!

Happy New Year,

Speaking from the Heart said...


May God bring you safely to your destination. You and your DIL will be in my prayers.


Kelly said...

Julie - I second that it is a huge honor that your daughter in law requested you. Very much a PRAISE worthy, as well as pause worthy moment.

Maybe you & she be blessed by the time together with the dear new one and your son.

And may hubby and those home do well in your absense and anxiously await your return.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

A pause worthy moment indeed! God go with you as you usher new life into this world. A life that needs the security of your arms to fully understand the security of our Father's.

Push the pause, friend. Let the joy of this moment saturate your heart with the depth and truth of why your life matters. For such a time as this...

Live it, and if you could have watched my video, you would have heard me say...

Get to it, girl!


Spring M Fricks said...

Yes, I so wish I could pause life sometimes! That would be awesome.

I pray your daughter-in-law has an easy delivery and that mommy and baby are safe.

Enjoy this time. I am sure you'll have many moments you would like to pause.

Happy New Year friend.

KelliGirl said...

Happy New Year, Julie!
Have a wonderful trip. What an honor and a blessing to be with your daughter-in-law. I'm praying for you all.


Susie said...

I've had so many pause worthy moments this last 6 months, and I hope they keep coming. What a beautiful post Julie! Praying for another healthy grandbaby.

Christa Allan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Praying for your new grandchild and DIL.

Enjoyed reading your blog, and appreciated the reminder that I'm not in control.

Spring M Fricks said...

Oh that is so awesome and what a great name. I love it!

I am so glad everything went well. I'd say get some rest but I'm sure that won't happen until you get back home. LOL.

Melanie said...

Thanks for stopping by Bella~Mella and leaving a comment.

Amy Deardon said...

Julie, congratulations! Best wishes for you and all of your family in this new year's. I'm sorry you can't be with your husband, and other children for new year's eve, but you know, it's just another night...

blessings :-)

Avily Jerome said...

Hey Julie! Congrats on the birth of your granddaughter!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've seen your comments around, too. Nice to meet you!

KelliGirl said...

Congratulations on your precious little granddaughter! What a joy and blessing. (Although you seem much too young to be a grammy!)

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

What a wonderful way to start 2009!! Praise God that you were able to be there and experience the miracle of a new life.

God Bless you and your family!

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