As It Comes | Where The Boys Are, A Memory Keeping Revolution

Sometimes the best happen when we simply take it as it comes. When we finally release our grasp on the should be's and embrace what unfolds on its own. Raising boys has been pivotal for me in learning this lesson because my boys always have a way of making every should be their very own set of circumstances. 

This August post is coming to you late but I'm going to cut myself some slack and instead recognize that given the holiday in the States today maybe you have a little extra time with your coffee or are enjoying your favorite comfy spot while you peek into our lives and our hearts and be inspired to simply take life as it comes.  

Welcome to our August collaborative post. We hope that sharing our story inspires you to share yours. 

Here we go......

Monica

You are just like your dad. It is in the quiet moments after bath time that we feel the warm sun, warm our bones, and I see him most in you both--content. Building, creating and imagining. It's one of this things I love most about him too. - Kelly Sutton.

We never do this. Take things as they come. Fly by the seat of our pants. I'm a planner by nature, so all three of us were surprised when I agreed to let ya'll swim in this creek in the Smokies. Despite some (slightly more than minor) freak outs over changing outside, ya'll loved it. The water was cold, but it didn't phase you one bit. We'll remember this day forever. - Amanda Caves

I have to admire the patience the 3 of you demonstrated as you sat there working together to put on rubber band after rubber band around that watermelon. (Thanks Youtube for all the ideas you give my boys. Depending on the day that could be said very sarcastically!) You guys went through hundreds of rubber bands in about 40 minutes. I even had to make an emergency Dollar General run for more...but alas, we ran out...as did your patience waiting for it to explode on it’s own. After shooting it with your air soft guns a few times you brought out the baseball bats and with much joy you guys destroyed that watermelon! The collective laughter from the 3 of you made the mess so worth it! Let’s not talk about all the fighting and bickering that soon followed during clean up though.... - Juli Jones

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”  ―  John Connolly

My wild explorer, adventurer,so quiet and happy to sit and carve you stick for hours by the fire.  My gentle boy who still has the wild child inside.... - Sarah Roberts

It's not about the cliche of a boy holding on to a lizard.

It's about the fact that little boys have fears too. And that they can be afraid of lizards too. And that you conquered your fear on this day.

It's about it being ok for boys to be sensitive AND strong at the same time. - Janielle Granstaff

Your growing up so fast, and some days I wish I had a giant pause button

You’ve been visiting this place over the years, sitting on the sidelines, taking it all in. Your now big enough to get involved, and you may only be on your three wheel scooter, but you got stuck right in!  - Nina Callow

“Bear in mind three essential qualities in all games of intellect:  Never to show selfishness or to wound the feelings of your adversary.  To be modest with a good game.  To lose without ill-temper, and to win without bragging.” ― W. Patterson

I would love to claim that we Kellers encourage game play in order to finesse the forementioned qualities; but alas, I fear we more accurately reflect the sentiments expressed by A.A. Milne … “It is impossible to win gracefully at chess.  No man has yet said “Mate!” in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious.”  ~A.A. Milne

My heart is exploding.  - Kayla Maltese

We only had a few days at the beach and I was determined to capture the three of you in the most amazing photograph with the sunrise behind you, with the life guard stand at your side, in your Sunday best. I should have known that plucking you out of your beds to dress you, drive you twenty minutes and have you on the beach as the sun said good morning wouldn't have played out well. 

So on the day we were going home we ran down the street to go play for just a little bit before we packed up the car and in a last ditch effort I asked for just two minutes, threw the towel around you guys to contain you and didn't even notice the bed head hair. I should have known going with the flow would get me exactly the picture I never knew I always wanted. My three loves having the time of their life.