Day’s End

“I like the monotonous drone of the tires on the pavement, the containment in one small space of everything I need in my life…”
(~from Elizabeth Berg’s “Caretaking”)

As the darkness descended over us yesterday, the hush that covered our mini-van soon followed… the occasional sound of a thumb being sucked, the quiet, “Dad? How long before we’re home?”, the turning of pages while Ash tried to finish his chapter before he could read no more. We drove through mists and turned into our driveway, stepping out to the chirping of crickets on a muggy night. I opened the back door and breathed in the sweet smell of home, pulling down coverlets to await the arrival of sleepy children curled in their daddy’s arms.

I remember that feeling. My daddy carrying me to my bed, sleeping in my clothes from the day, exhausted from excitement and play.

As we knelt beside her bed and smoothed back tangled curls, Bri kissed her cheek and whispered, “I had a fun day with you today.”

She sighed deeply, hovering over dreams of lions and monkeys and tigers and zebras. Her eyes stayed closed as she whispered softly, hand tucked up under her cheek, “I had a fun day with you, too.”

And that, my friends, is the perfect way to end a perfect day!

(Summer List #28: Go to the D.C. Zoo)

11 responses to “Day’s End”

  1. When I was little, I’d sometimes act like I was sleeping on the way home from church, just so dad would carry me to bed.


  2. LOVE the family picture! ( w/ the perfect day)


  3. Hi Angie,
    I met you at RMH today while my mom was finishing up treatment. I’ve spent the past 30 minutes or so learning about your story. And I just prayed for you and your family. How in the world people get through life without God is mind-boggling to me. I’m so glad you believe! I couldn’t find you on FB…find me if you’d like: Steph Saufley
    Grace and peace,


  4. That is a perfect ending to your day. Love the family self portrait too.


  5. what a blessed ending to your day… thanks for sharing it with us. I can’t believe I haven’t met these precious kids of yours. praying for you dear friend 🙂


  6. What a beautiful photo to remember a beautiful day – the zoo is one of my favorite places on Earth!


  7. I imagine that our Heavenly Father looks at us just as lovingly at the end of such days, and His Spirit whispers in our hearts the same sentence, “I had fun with you today.”


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    Too lovely. Angie, you are beautiful!!! Give all a hug for me.



  9. Awesome. There is nothing sweeter than a child falling into bed at night, exhausted after a full day of nothing but fun.

    What a perfect photo of the five of you!


  10. Oh, that feeling of being carried to bed after a long, satisfying day…

    Such a lovely post, Angie! And what a beautiful family you have. Thank you for stopping by my post over at HighCallingblogs yesterday. I’m glad you did. Always nice to “meet” new friends!


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