{Captured}: 6 & WILLING

{Captured}: Carving the time to capture and create in picture and word.


// My boys are brave & confident superheroes //


// with tender & loving hearts //


I’ve captured some moments; now to capture some thoughts. Lisa-Jo Baker hosts 5 minute Friday, offering a prompt and then allowing space and only a brief time to write. Just write. Just 5 minutes (or so ;).

Five Minute Friday

Today’s prompt: WILLING


As I look at the pictures of my children, I am filled with wonder at their willingness to just be. Am I willing to be brave? Am I willing to be tender? Am I willing to just…be?

They are willing to be exactly who they are. They do not enter their days filled with prefaces and pretenses. They wear what they want to wear, run when they want to run; sing at the top of their lungs, and laugh with a boisterousness that rings the ears. They are entirely willing to be exactly who God made them to be and live the life He’s given them to live.

And it stirs in me the questions…

Am I willing to accept them just as they are?

Am I willing to accept my husband?

Am I willing to accept me?

Am I will willing?

I know the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

I suppose my sweet boys’ willingness will not last. 

One day they will look around and think a cape, gold medal, and conductor’s hat might not be socially acceptable dinner attire. But these days, it is.

I have a great deal to learn from their willingness to LIVE. I relish the questions they stir in me…Am I? But really, maybe those questions need to be turned around, as with all things, and focus on I AM.


God Bless your weekend.

~ Becca

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22 Responses to {Captured}: 6 & WILLING
  1. Paula
    March 7, 2014 | 6:26 am

    If only we could be as willing and live our lives the way children do! Your boys are adorable!

    • Becca V
      March 7, 2014 | 12:43 pm

      Thank you, Paula!

  2. Marcy Hanson
    March 7, 2014 | 6:48 am

    Love it. The simple willingness of a child. There’s nothing like it! Your boys are beautiful!

    • Becca V
      March 7, 2014 | 12:44 pm

      Thank you, Mercy! There is nothing like their joy, willingness to be completely in the moment, and sheer abandon to living life.

  3. Katie Clark
    March 7, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Great post.
    Children are full of willingness aren’t they?! We can learn so much from them. Popping over from FMF

    • Becca V
      March 7, 2014 | 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Katie! Indeed they are and yes we can! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. richelle @ "our wright"-ing pad
    March 7, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    one of the things i love about watching my kiddos – still learning so much from them – although they aren’t all still young enough to live without pretense.

    of course, i’m not exactly sure when that changes or why – all the time.

    • Becca V
      March 7, 2014 | 3:05 pm

      It is an exciting thing to watch them grow and a sad prospect that their abandon is diminished…I’ll cherish it as long as I can!!

  5. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate
    March 7, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    So great to hear from you today, Becca! Your boys are precious!! Children are such a beautiful gift from God! :) … Returning the follow via bloglovin’! Have a fabulous weekend!!

    • Becca V
      March 7, 2014 | 3:38 pm

      Thank you, Brenda!

  6. Kelly
    March 7, 2014 | 7:56 pm

    Stopping by from FMF and grateful for the reminder to become who God wants me to be, willingly.

    • Becca V
      March 7, 2014 | 8:31 pm

      Thank you, Kelly!

  7. bluecottonmemory
    March 7, 2014 | 8:37 pm

    I miss the willingness of pre-teen – when they didn’t wrestle with who they were – they just were:) It seems like the only way they can capture that later is through Jesus Christ:) The days of capes and elephants at the dinner table – those are such sweet days! We learn much through their young willingness! Wishing you sweet moments this weekend with your crew!

  8. Jennie @ The Diary of a Real housewife
    March 7, 2014 | 9:05 pm

    I love the pictures, so sweet! Thanks for linking up with me today!!

    • Becca V
      March 8, 2014 | 2:00 pm

      Thanks, Jennie!

  9. Kate
    March 7, 2014 | 10:07 pm

    What a great prompt! I worry about my (future) children and being willing to accept them for whoever they are and whatever dreams/ideas/skills they’ll have. I pray I’ll be able to just love them for them even if they’re nothing like me or what I would want for them. Don’t know if that gets easier when you actually have children or harder because you work so hard caring for them but it’s definitely on my mind as I think about the future.

    • Becca V
      March 8, 2014 | 5:41 pm

      The perpetual balancing act – accepting them for who they are; totally loving and enjoying their unique differences, and wondering at just how different they are!

  10. Somer
    March 8, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Its funny how our kids childhood boomerangs us back to ours…only with wise eyes….we are really the student..its so funny when you are the child you think your parents know it all and have it together…and then you get there and see that parenting is really the classroom of life…revealing truth and life lessons that you don’t get until you look at childhood again with a different perspective…they hold our hands and if we will be willing to walk…lead us down to a better childhood than we experienced…child like faith, God joy and the path to true happiness…relishing every day for itself and being totally in the moment

    • Becca V
      March 8, 2014 | 5:40 pm

      Oh, I love that Somer – they certainly can lead us into a better and different childhood than our own – getting to relive it, change it, and grow from them! Thank you for the beautiful words.

  11. storiesofourboys
    March 9, 2014 | 8:07 pm

    This is a sweet post, and this looks exactly like my boys: capes and stuffed animals and all. I love it. Great reflections–I love the reminder to have the willingness to embrace life as a little child does!

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