Saturday, September 24, 2011

Only Sleeping

Please don't wake me, no don't shake me
Leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullabye

The Beatles- From "I'm Only Sleeping" & "Golden Slumbers"


I find that one of the greatest pleasures of having very small children around is when they sleep on me. It is an almost spiritual experience, and I don't really know why. I love the soft sounds and the smell of the hair. Being touched with youth and pure innocence, perhaps I can soak it up and some will transfer.  I have had arms and legs go to sleep, ache, and feel like they would fall off, still I would not move them. Have you experienced this? I enjoy enticing tired little ones to my lap with soft lullabies. It seems like an almost magical experience to me, but after all, they're only sleeping. See you on Tuesday!



'My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-
He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep."
Psalm 121:2,4

29 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

Love this post! I used to pick my babies up from their cribs and sit holding them while they slept. Now I need to slumber. We just got back from seeing "Guys and Dolls" and it was great but it is late--hmmm, where was I going with this? Oh, yes--to bed.

Best,
Bonnie

Annie said...

It's the innocence, Ginny. Their clean, unblemished sweetness fills the air, especially when they sleep.

Arti said...

Beautiful! Yes. And spiritual too... The innocence of children does that to you!!
Loved the header, very beautiful indeed. Have a fabulous sunday and enjoy your weekly off:)

SquirrelQueen said...

What a wonderful post Ginny. There is nothing like the innocence of childhood. Both girls look so sweet.

Regina said...

Oh how I wish I could just knock off to sleep like that!! But I certainly agree though lately its my dog or cat (lo). Honestly, was very touching the way you put this and so enjoyed the photos Ginny! I like the quotes too..till later-

reanaclaire said...

They look like angels when they are sleeping, dont they? yes, i love my kids sleep on my shoulder last time... and on my lap when they were toddlers.. :)

Sandra said...

these photos of Ella Bella sleeping with you are Phil are total magic, for some reason as i scrolled through each photo after staring at her sweet face in the header, my eyes started to tear up. she is so sweet and pretty and innocent. it has been many man years since a child slept on my lap, so many i can't remember. but i do have my leg go to sleep from sleeping Jake or baby and i don't move them either. there is something about a sleeping child that causes us to stop and stare and feel feelings we don't feel when they are up moving around. great post and see you Tuesday

Maple Lane said...

Such sweet pictures, Ginny. My little 2 yr old friend from across the street, often comes to visit and falls asleep in my lap. As you say, my arms go to sleep but I don't dare move and wake her!

Ann said...

How sweet they look when they sleep. It's been a long time since I've had a little one fall asleep in my lap. No grandchildren here so I'll have to settle for Duke :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love these pictures. For me the best part of holding a baby or very young child is to have them fall asleep in my arms. My son did not want me to hold Kai as she fell asleep,but I told him that I would not give up that pleasure. I won,he lost and Kai slept well. LOL

Sharon said...

I loved watching my children sleep, to watch the rise and fall of their little tummies and little movements. It all seems so long ago........

Shug said...

Yes Ginny, these are some of the greatest pleasures...Watching the little ones sleep so peacefully.
Looks like everyone was give out...
Blessings,
shug

Rose said...

Oh, yes, Ginny...there is just something about their complete trust in us. Sometimes just the way the snuggle into your lap, whether sleeping or just resting. It is one of the best feelings in the world.

SweetMarie said...

I remember those days with my son. I still enjoy seeing him sleep. The girls look so precious!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh you got both of them to sleep. I remember those days too. It seems if I remember correctly that them laying on your lap makes you kind of slow down too - and more peaceful. Right.

sandie

kanak7 said...

Such sweet adorable pictures of Ella and Anne Marie! The last time I had kids sleeping on me were my young sons...now that seems like ages ago. But as I read your description it made me think about the softness of their breaths and the sheer joy of having/holding them when they were little.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Very sweet photos, Ginny. Children (and adults) look so innocent when asleep.

Bobbi said...

Oh Ginny, I just love these sleeping pictures. I've noticed that you're the only one not sleeping on them though.. well, maybe Anne Marie's almost awake?? My Rissi or Jake never nap during the day for me, so I cannot relate. But this is such an adorable post. I love your header... how sweet and innocent!!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Such lovely peaceful memories you are capturing for the children. Ah, sleep...

Velvet Over Steel said...

Beautiful post and beautiful grand-daughter you have, Ginny!!! Awesome! I'm so looking forward to a grand-child some day!! :-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, I'm back after a few weeks off from blogging. Hope you are doing okay. I have missed all of my blogging friends --but needed that break!

Thought I commented on this one --but guess it was on Facebook... Love the sleeping beauties!!!!

Have missed you. Hope you are doing okay.


Hugs,
Betsy

Remington said...

So precious!

DawnTreader said...

An image of safety, isn't it... They're so relaxed when they sleep.

missing moments said...

Your words are always such a treat, Ginny. Hope you are having a great day!

photowannabe said...

Delightful photos of Ella sleeping.
Its pure innocence.
Love your Hubby all snug as a bug in a rug roo.

LV said...

Sleep when and where you can. I do not get nearly enough. Wish I could sleep like these.

Glenda said...

Such a soothing, peaceful post, Ginny! And I do know just what you are describing! I miss holding little ones now that my grands are all growing up.

Joanne said...

They look like little angels! Yes It is a great experience. because they are still and you can gaze at them all you want!
Blessings, Joanne

LC said...

agreed!