Practice Loving

January 4, 2013 in Five Minute Friday,siblings

Bug comes down the stairs pouting. Her sister is growing up. She hates it.

Bug really wants to be a twin to her older sister. That way interests might change at the same rate. For now, my oldest is beginning to have the mood swings associated with her age. She hesitates to play with dolls, wavering between acting older and indulging her love of play. And she likes her privacy now. Bug, two years older, feels left behind and resentful.

On other days, the girls, they push each others buttons until one them screams in frustration. Usually it’s my oldest, Bird. She clenches her teeth as she thuds down the stairs and hisses, “I cannot share a room with that girl for another minute.”

On good days, when  patience and gentleness still remain, I smile. I remind my red-cheeked daughter that perhaps God gave her a sister so she had the  opportunity to pracitce loving someone when it was hard. Because outside our home, it will be even harder.

Siblings fighting

Oh friends, I have missed this 5-minute writing exercise. Won’t you join us? Won’t you relish the chance to let the words pour out, without perfection’s hindrance, because if you love stories, you can’t stop writing them down. Join friends at Lisa Jo’s for another lovely evening (it’s midnight, lovely morning?) of writing. Today’s word: opportunity.

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Nikki January 4, 2013 at 5:32 am

You were right…it was like riding a bike –I missed it, too!
and this was beautiful. the opportunity to practice love. goes right along where my heart took me, friend!

(and I never answered your #FMFparty question, sorry! School is going really well. We took this week off, too, because we’re ahead of schedule and let’s face it–after being so sick for so long, I needed the break!) 🙂 Hugs to you!!


WICK January 4, 2013 at 5:52 am

“because outside our home, it’ll be even harder”….for real. I remind our girls of this often. That our home is where Love is practiced/strengthened so that when the real tests of loving others come….we’re filled overflowing. Great reminder!!


Loni January 4, 2013 at 6:32 am

We all certainly need the continual opportunity to LOVE one another – in and outside our homes! Sharing FMF with you!


Barbie January 4, 2013 at 6:39 am

Perfect! Thank you for your words.


Diana January 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Stopping by from FMF. I appreciate your thoughts on opportunity. It’s so true that it can be hard to love others and perhaps God gives us family to “practice” on.

Have a wonderful day enjoying your family.


pruningprincesses January 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Hi Dianna. Your year sounds like it will be full of new adventures and opportunities. How exciting. And yes, I am sure God gives us family to practice on, though we mess up all the time. Thank goodness most family feels the need to keep trying.


Becky Daye January 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

What a joy to watch our kids grow and learn and stretch- you are a beautiful mama and I know that your daughters are blessed to have you! Thanks for this post!


Laura @ Mommy Run Fast January 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Thanks for your sweet comment. You have a lovely blog! Just bookmarked it, and I’m now following you on Twitter. 🙂


pruningprincesses January 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Thank you, Laura (I swear we have the most common name for our generation). I am so glad you will be a part of the Pruning Princesses family. Hope to hear from you often. Happy running.


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