We had family visiting for eight days, and then we landed on Easter weekend. Easter, and with it Grace’s first birthday; tomorrow, Easter Monday with Judah turning nine.
Nine. Who is this child, nine years old, and too big for Thomas the Train? I stood picking through birthday decorations in an over-lit Walmart with tears dripping on my cheeks. Those Mater and Lightening paper cups? Yeah, they won’t be coming home with me. We’ll be sipping Luke and Leia, if you please.
I realized with a jolt that one whole year has gone by. On April first of last year, David was airport hopping around the globe. On April second, his feet landed at PDX and his body held shape and smell and form. On April 5, Eden Grace Eliya was born.
A whole year.
Just like that.
I can’t believe it.