Laughing, she looked up at me and said, “You know last Monday I had the house all straight and it still looked like a tornado had gone through. But I don’t care. I love spending time with my babies. Somewhere deep inside me there’s daddy’s little girl, a daughter, a momma, and a wife who has it all together. Her house is in order, check book balanced, dinner is in the slow cooker, a play date is planned for the little guys and she still enjoys life! But, alas, for the moment she’s in hiding and just refuses to come out!”
I loved her perspective! It’s about priorities! It about relationships that matter this very minute! I remember when my own children were little, I had a note stuck to my refrigerator that said, “My house isn’t dirty; we are decorated in early childhood!”
It is so easy to get lost in our to-do list! I know! I do it! I get so focused on getting stuff done, I lose those moments to just “be!” For that reason, I have chosen to take a moment, in the morning with my cup of herbal tea (I enjoy coffee, but am trying really hard to ease up on how much I drink!), sit out on the front porch and just enjoy my beautiful surroundings. It doesn’t sound like much, but when I take the time to have “quiet time” my day seems to go so much more smoothly. It gives me time to sweep out the cobwebs, file a few things in my mental filing cabinet and if I get real creative, I can always grab a piece of paper and pencil and scribble down some thoughts.
We really do have a very short time on this Earth when you look at the whole scope of things. We get so caught up in life, we miss out on so much. The idea of sitting in the floor with the babies means more than making sure the clothes are all folded, the dishes are all washed and beds made! Our little people grow up so fast and there is no way we can reclaim lost time. It isn’t possible! Once those moments are spent, they are spent forever.
So I challenge you to hold your little ones close. Let them know you as a mom or dad who is willing to carve moments out of your day to make memories with them. Cherish these moments. Once they grow up they discover a world away from you and sometimes that is very, very sad as their life scoops them up and carries them away to their own lives; work, career and children of their own. Enjoy them now. It may be all you have!