Friday, October 31, 2014

Far, Far Better

My baby girl and I are off to Savannah College of Art and Design today for SCAD Student day. She has already been accepted, and now she gets to tour and chat with her counselor, and see the dorms, eat the food, walk the streets, all to decide if she wants to accept them. I love traveling and seeing charming historic cities so I am very excited. Besides that, I have very fond memories of Savannah. My mom and I met in Savannah one year when my sister Wendy had her first baby, Heather. Wendy had to stay home with the new baby while Mom and I got to go to brunch along the river. I can still picture the bagels and lox we both had. We wrapped one in a napkin to bring back to Wendy.

I was young, newly married, no kids at the time. I remember feeling terribly sorry for Wendy that she had to stay behind with a brand new baby while I got to sit along the Savannah River with my Mom eating bagels and lox. I will never forget what  Wendy told me when we came back after our brunch. I expressed my sorrow that she had been unable to join us, and she told me that what she was doing was far, far better than any bagels and lox.

I didn't believe her.

Until I had my own kids. Then I understood.

So my last child and I will be touring her potential new college, and I will remember Wendy's words, but with much greater understanding. It was all far, far better than any bagels and lox.


Psalm 127:3-5 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Proverbs 22:6 

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Psalm 139:13-16

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

John 16:21 

When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

Matthew 18:1-3 

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Isaiah 54:13 

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Proverbs 17:6 

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.


  1. Agreed! Only 3 yrs, 6 months left with our youngest child, our adolescent....can't wait to see what the next generation of Duggans will do!

    1. that 3 years will fly by! look out for lava, friend! I didn't know there were volcanoes near you. ugh!