This is the first installment of a six-month series called the Sling Diaries, sponsored by Sakura Bloom. We were sent two slings to review, in exchange for a collection of entries based on different themes each month. I’m excited & honored to be a part of this project!
In the above photo, my daughter is most definitely spitting up and I am most likely mid-sentence, nagging Chris to snap a few photos for this project. I can tell you right now, this series will be raw & real. We don’t have the budget or the equipment for professional photo shoots. We have too many children to worry about matching outfits and all smiles pointed at a camera. We’re approaching this project from a very humble & laid-back perspective. We’ve simply made the commitment to carry our camera around more often, and to use our Sakura Bloom slings whenever we wear our kids. I appreciate the fact that there are no real guidelines to this project… just families, slings, and stories.
This month, the challenge is LOVE. Perfect timing for me, as one of the ongoing themes in my life right now comes from a verse in Corinthians. You’ve most likely read it, even if you’re not a Christian. It’s known as “the love chapter” – a long list of the things love is and isn’t, the things love does and doesn’t. I’ve probably read it hundreds of times over the years, but only recently has one of the lines caught me by the heart…
LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS.
It does not say love bears all things when they are light and simple and convenient and reciprocal. The sentence ends abruptly after “all things.” During this season of my life, my love bears all things in a very tangible, physical sense. Chris & I don’t catch time to ourselves very often. Errands and outings often involve our three youngest children, only one of whom can walk. We literally bear the weight of all of our children, and on a daily basis.
Never have I carried such a burden, and never has a burden been so beautiful. It is an honor to love in a way that bears all things.