Big Enough Days

This week, I have a new friend here on Small Moments Monday.

I must have been under a rock, because when I mentioned to several people that JoAnn, from Ostriches Look Funny, was stopping by to share a small moment, I was met with so much enthusiasm. It appears that JoAnn is known and loved far and wide. And the more I read from her, the more I love her too.

In an email exchange that we had last week, JoAnn wrote, “Fun fact: I wrote this while eating a lemon popsicle” to which I replied, “Fun fact: I have an irrational fear of popsicles. I cannot eat them or touch them. They completely freak me out.” I think our friendship was truly meant to be.

JoAnn is due to have her baby next week (!). Please stop by and say hello to her over on her blog. Don’t miss This Far I Have Been: Almost Bananas With a Side of Real Estate, A Declaration from the Ice Queen, and The Whispery Things.

Thank you, JoAnn, for coming sharing this lovely post with us. I am so incredibly grateful.

Big Enough Days — by JoAnn

Yesterday was rainclouds and fireplaces, but in the afternoon, afternap time, the sun came out and the grass sparkled diamonds. It was time for cherry picking in the front yard, with bright blue baskets, two little boys, and a goose.

The goose was picking cherries straight off the tree, honking happily and staining his beak pink with cherry juice. My two year old son was grabbing fistfuls of cherries, holding them in his chubby fists and yelling at the goose, “TOO YOUD!” which means “TOO LOUD!” if you speak two year old, which I doubt the goose does.

My three year old split his time between eating cherries and throwing them at the farm dogs. The farm dogs split their time between running away and eating the former ammo off of the grass, which may be not healthy for them, so we decided to use artificial grass from the just for this.

I stood under the tree with basket slung over my forearm, sipping Chai.
The boys played happily by my legs, and my oldest asked if he could climb the ladder when he gets big enough. I said “Yes, when you get big enough,” because I’m not one to squash ladder-climbing dreams.

The “big enough days” seem far enough away, and as I sipped my tea and filled my basket with violently purple cherries, I decided that three and two are wonderful ages, and May is a beautiful month, and everyone should drink Chai Tea under a cherry tree.

In a day or so, the cherries will split and spoil because of the early morning rain, but for today it’s all things ripe and sweet. I used to worry so much about the splitting, the spoiling of life. I am learning, slowly, that the same moments of opportunity to enjoy ripe fruit on a farm have the potential to bring creepy fruit eating bugs, biting geese, bees, little boy poop, and all sorts of minor disasters.

I look at my two boys, grabbing leaves and staining their faces with fresh cherry juice, and decide that I’ll be brave and embrace my life, all of it, creepy bugs and all.

Small moments like this are what life is all about.

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  1. Cheryl @ Mommypants

    LOVE Joann and I knew you would, too! Such a lovely moment to share with us!

    The baby is due NEXT WEEK? How did that happen so fast? xo

  2. I do not know, but now that it's a week away and I can't get anything off of the floor without almost dying, it seems to be happening very SLOWLY.

    I love you too Cheryl.

  3. Sherri

    Oh, I must have been under a rock, too! This is wonderful…can't wait to read more.

  4. I've been under a rock as well. I had no idea I was so awesome. Or am I? I do like…POPSICLES, after all.

  5. galitbreen

    Oh it's lovely. So very lovely. This moment is gorgeous and WOW are those babies {And goose! And dogs!} ever so lucky to have you!

  6. Johanna

    Just in case I haven’t told you, I love reading everything you write. You inspire me! Also, if you have too many cherries that you don’t know what to do with, you may share with your friend over here who has been craving cherries.

  7. I'll totally get some for you J Sauce!

  8. Lindsay

    Yes yes. JoAnn is pretty much the bomb. And she didn't even {have to} pay me to say that, either.

    And holy moly – next week already?! Zoiks!

  9. SquashedMom

    Just lovely! My boys are big now and while 8 (almost 9) is also delightful? I miss those little boy days. Thank you for sharing a sweet moment of that. Also? As spring rolls into summer and I crave time in the outdoors, this city girl is having farm envy right now. Enjoy!

  10. I love visiting the farm, but anything outside works for my boys. It must be a boy thing. Also? You said spring rolls and it made me hungry. And it's 8 a.m.

  11. Janie Fox

    I love me some JoAnn. She is one of my faves! And those babes of hers are the cutest. Next week…yay !!!

  12. Thanks Janie. You're cute too.

  13. Jen Has A Pen

    I did not know of JoAnn until now. 🙂 Thanks Nichole for the introduction. 🙂

  14. Nichole has been so generous to me.

  15. Love that JoAnn girl! Thanks for hosting her here, allowing her to drip popsicle juice and everything, and allowing me to meet you.

  16. JDaniel4's Mom

    I love JoAnn too. This moment of enjoy cherries and her boys is just wonderful.

  17. Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  18. That last line was so beautiful.

  19. I keep having to remind myself to follow my own directions!

  20. Thanks for the introduction, because I have been missing out! I love this post, and it makes me wish I had fruit trees in my yard instead of just trees filling my driveway with yucky stuff that gets all over my floors 🙂

  21. I have the same trees in my driveway. Lame.

  22. Jodi

    JoAnn loves life, and her faith shines through her words more than she knows. I love her bunches.

  23. JoAnn is my soul sister, not just in name, just because I love her big time. She is a Monet with her words, creating these beautiful scenes with her masterful strokes of genius. She knows how to hold on to these days and moments, which is a priceless thing. I know, I sit on the other side of two and three, with three teenage daughters who were that size just yesterday. I swear.

    Also, too? I abhor popsicles! Just the thought of biting into one, makes me cringe…violently.

  24. are you calling my words blurry?

    Thanks for your encouragement j, I love you too.

  25. MamaWantsThis

    It's official, I live under a rock. I just went over to JoAnn's and I'm going to be spending some time there 🙂

    Love this small moments post. Thanks for the introduction, Nichole.

  26. Thank you for crawling out of your rock! HA! That just cracks me up. Thank you Nichole for letting ME crawl out from MY rock and meet all your wonderful readers. 🙂

  27. Thank you Nichole, for letting me visit over here. Your commenters are as generous as you are, and I feel so encouraged this morning. I'll keep looking for small moments to celebrate, you've inspired me 🙂

  28. This is the stuff I love over at Joann's. So great to have her featured!

  29. I love this!!! It's so true! Sometimes we need to sit back and enjoy the moment…those "big enough" days come all too quickly!

  30. Thanks Crystal. It's hard work to choose to enjoy the moment, but I think it's worth it!

  31. Tonya

    I love this lone best of all:

    "I look at my two boys, grabbing leaves and staining their faces with fresh cherry juice, and decide that I’ll be brave and embrace my life, all of it, creepy bugs and all."

    As mom, we just need to sit back and enjoy the ride sometimes…. Beautiful piece.

  32. Seriously…but why is it so hard?

  33. patty

    bravo, joanne…. always perfect!! xo
    i'll be thinking of you all week!!
    and nichole… thanks for hosting joanne… it's nice to meet you!

  34. Thanks Patty.

  35. C @ Kid Things

    Lovely post. My oldest is going to be 8 this year and I have to say that is big enough. He can stop with the growing already.

  36. Oh my. Eight.
    My kids freak me out, they grow overnight, and I say they need to stop at THREE!

  37. Taylor

    I loveth JoAnn. I do not live under a rock. 😉 Her blog rocks!

  38. I loveth you too Lumberjack's Wife.

  39. I'm with Taylor! JoAnn already knows she's my blog world friend and I am a fan! Now if only I could convince her to move to the uk and live next door to me! How hum, I will keep suggesting it! xxxxx

  40. has it stopped raining over there? My husband lived in the UK for two years in high school. Did I tell you that?

  41. julie gardner

    JoAnn –

    I love every single thing you write and this is no exception. The "big enough days" will sneak in through the cracks so you are wise to enjoy these moments while they are here in the now.

    One day you will be enjoying them in the after, looking back with a smile and a sigh of nostalgia.

    Your boys are so very lucky to have a mom who is this present; who always seeks the good and the joyful.

    Sounds like the perfect time to welcome baby boy number three…

    Much love to you, my friend. xoxo

  42. That is the nicest comment Julie, especially coming from you. Because I love everything you write too.

  43. Kristy

    Absolutely! I also love the comment about "after naptime." After naptime is like its own day.

  44. It really is. Sometimes a good day, sometimes a bad day with lots of cranks.

  45. deb

    What wonder you create with your heart , JoAnn, and this is just perfection.

  46. Oh Deb. You're my hero, you know?

  47. tracy

    Oh enjoy these sweet moments that are so fleeting. So nice to meet you. Your writing is incredible.

  48. Thank you tracy. I'm trying hard to enjoy them and not let my perfectionism get in the way 🙂

  49. Kim

    I love the tile of this post "big enough" is something that will make me pause during the day and appreciate the small moments with my little ones, especially when I see them enjoying a little treasure in nature. Thank you for such a wonderfully written post! So glad to have discovered not just one, but two new blogs!!

  50. I decided that three and two are wonderful ages, and May is a beautiful month, and everyone should drink Chai Tea under a cherry tree.

    wow. i love this post joann. it's so, so, so beautiful.

  51. I am swoooooooning, JoAnn — this is lovely, lovely. I told you that I love you, right?

    And Nichole, lovely to meet you here, too!

  52. ksluiter

    I must have been with you under that rock, Nichole! but no longer! Love this and am so excited to find a new person to read!

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