- A photo of me and Ted taken on a trip to Buenos Aires
- A couple of Beatles magnets
- A little box of daily Scripture promises
- A tiny salt/pepper shaker
- A bunch of notepads that I made out of paper destined for the trash
- The 1-gallon pin that I earned for regularly donating blood
- A key chain from Peru
- A never-used sewing kit
- A bracelet that says "Confía en Dios" (Trust in God), made by a friend in Uruguay
- A desk decoration bearing the text of Jeremiah 29:11, given to me by my mom when I went to college
As I reviewed the contents of the box, I was struck by what they say about who I was before I became a "quad mom." And then I started comparing that to what my life is like after quads. Some things are the same (I love the Beatles, I avoid sewing), and some things are different (let's just say the 2-gallon donation pin is a long way off). Some things seem nearer (never before have I needed to cling to God's promises the way I do now), and some seem much, much farther away (will Ted and I ever get to travel to South America again?).
Of course, if I were to pack up my "office" now, the box would contain only representations of these four precious souls, to whom I am currently devoting all of my time and energy:
Perhaps one day I will find a way to bring together "Suzy-then" and "Suzy-now." But it's not time for that yet.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.