"But Mary kept all these things in her mind, pondering them in her heart."
This is the phrase that echoed in my mind as I awoke this morning. I had pushed snooze for perhaps the fifth time when that long awaited phone call came - snow day! I don't have to go to work today! I looked down at my little man sleeping, his little blond head nestled in the crook of my arm, and I was overcome with joy, such joy that I couldn't even go back to sleep... on a snow day! But, I didn't want to! I wanted to live in that moment and remember it forever. I can only imagine that it was these same kind of moments that Mary held on to. It's these little moments that I treasure, that I never want to forget. I want to pack them away in my box of jewels so I can pull them out later and mull over them, pondering every little detail in my heart. It's the Saturday mornings with all three of us - Mommy, Daddy and baby - snuggled up in bed. It's the laughter, the big slobbery baby kisses, the new little quirks that Toby seems to pick up every day that disappear just as quickly. These are the gems that make every day beautiful, the treasures that make the hard days worthwhile, the little jewels that I want to hold on to...... forever.