Behind The Scenes: Almond Croissants



He fell asleep on the way to the gym and there was no waking him, so we drove a few blocks away from my doctor's office and parked there.  It's my favorite street in this town, lined with antique shops and cafes and used book stores.  He woke up as soon as the engine cooled and I pulled out the umbrella stroller that he loves and I hate so we could wander up and down the streets until the clock struck 11:00 and we were pumpkined up in the sterile waiting room.  

He chattered, the way he does, about the cars and the sounds they make and when we passed the bird store and went inside he clucked at them.  It was warm and when we came to our favorite place I couldn't help but go inside.  It's that little french bakery, the one that's been there forever and always promises the best almond croissants and strawberry jam money can buy.  We went in and I ordered.  He sat patiently at the table while I filled up my mug of coffee (milk and two raw sugars) and we sat down.

He took to the almond croissant like it was made for him.  Alternating "pleases" for more and "mmms" as he ate the buttery pastry.  It's funny the way he draws people in.  Three people stopped to tell me how handsome and well behaved he was and I just smiled proudly.  

When I was younger I questioned the existence of God because I saw only terrible things in the world.  When I was younger I couldn't believe that there existed an omniscient, loving being who created and cared for us.  Now that I'm older and wiser I can see His fingerprints, I see through the rose colored glass of parenthood and I know that He exists because He gave me this wonderful boy.  Now that I'm older and wiser I can see a fraction of the love God has for me, in the love I have for my child.  But my love is only a shadow, and I will rest in the comfort of that shade until there comes a day when I can experience the fullness of that love.  

We left crumbs under the table and my coffee cup half full.  He sang softly from the stroller as we passed cars and people and I sang with him.  I'd like to think we were both singing praises to the God who loves us, the God who made us whole.  



Social media and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We're edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves  (or so some might think!) when - in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It's because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner. 

"Behind the Scenes" is a fun link up where we show those photos - but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it. Read more here!

9 comments:

  1. Those simple moments are the best. How fun for you and your boy! I'm stopping by from the Behind the Scenes link up.

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  2. Oh - he is so adorable!!! I love how God teaches us about Himself through our kids!

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  3. This just makes me smile...our kids teach us so much, don't they? And what a handsome little guy! :)

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  4. Oh I love this "behind the scenes" , love the ideas behind it. That life is not perfect and that's okay.


    I see a lot of heaven in my children too (when they are not ushering me into the 9th ring of hell with their constant twin/brother bickering).


    that picture is priceless and your words are too.

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  5. I love the simple moments :) They make the tantrums and messy moments worth while :)

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  6. Thank you Amy! I think I'll keep him :) I credit this little guy for bringing me back to my faith. I was in a dark place before that.

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  7. Me too! I wouldn't trade him for the world :)

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  8. They really do! And thank you. He takes after his daddy ;)

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  9. I've never heard it phrased that way, "seeing heaven in my children." I will never use anything else. Thank you for reading my friend <3

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