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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cherished Moments and Reflections

I want to cherish every moment of this snippet of time I have with my boys. I get to be home with them everyday. Some times I think I take the for granted. They are getting so big, and time is slipping away. This thing called motherhood is so tricky! Some days I want to scream and run away, and other days I just want to freeze time and spend forever with them.

Do you ever go to bed at the end of the day and realize all you did was push your children to the side? You flashback to missed opportunities and wasted time. Those are the days I just want a do-over.

Unfortunately, we don't get do-overs. Now is the time to be the mom I want my boys to remember when they are grown. Now is the time to be the mom they need. I'm learning to pull them close when I really want to shove them out of the kitchen, or listen when I really want to tune them out, or watch a little closer when I'm distracted.

Do you ever feel like the kind of mom you want to be is far from the mom your kids get? I've felt that way lately. It's not an awful mom-guilt feeling, but more of a fresh and loving conviction. (There is no condemnation in Christ!-Romans 8:1)

It's simply an awareness of what I want. For me and for them. I want them to have a soft place to land, a place of unconditional love, and trust. I want them grow up knowing they can come to me with anything. That kind of security doesn't just happen. I think it has to grow over time. I think it has to be earned through our parenting and love.

Life moves so fast. We have to force ourselves to slow down and embrace the chaos of this journey. Such precious memories and lessons are found in the midst of that chaos.

In this age of technology, social networking, and multi-tasking, it's so easy to miss out on the tasks that matter.

We can connect to anyone at anytime. We have laptops, cell phones that do it all, multiple computers, TVs, iPads, and so on. How many of those connections matter?

We want instant gratification in every area, but we forget the things that matter take time. Molding my boys into adulthood takes a lifetime. They aren't just going to "poof" into the men I pray they will be. They need guidance, love, and time.

It's a slow progression. One that could go either way. Will I see the progression of lost time in their lives, or the progression of time invested?

I hope and pray with my whole heart that I remember to invest in them everyday. I pray they will grow up feeling like they were a priority in my heart.

There are plenty of things I desire for myself that have nothing to do with them. Yes, I have to take time for me. I need to refresh and rejuvenate to be the best mom I can be, but other things have to wait. The day that God blessed me with them He asked me to put those things aside in order to pull my boys a little closer.

I can't do it all. But, the one thing I must do is raise my boys.


At October 16, 2011 at 12:53 PM , Blogger becca said...

i agree there are days when life is so busy that i feel i'm losing time with little man that i can't get back. I will lay in bed at night and wonder did I tell him enough that i loved him that he was important that he is beautiful. I fear time is going so fast i will miss something wonderful.

At October 16, 2011 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Maggie S. said...

Inspiring...the Lord is using bloggers to cast a vision for me. It is sheer obedience to go the distance in parenting these precious treasures of his.

I gotta say, though, y'all are gorgeous!

At October 17, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

I hate when days are so busy I don't take the time for extra hugs and kisses. I mostly have to ask for them myself, PJ sometimes asks for them, but I make a vow to myself that when they ask Iw ill ALWAYS give no matter what I am doing.

At October 17, 2011 at 10:44 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

This is going to sound strange I know, but I'm such a better mother because I don't stay home with my son. I think that I appreciate the time I have with him so much more because I don't see him all day and I want to make sure that I take advantage of all of those moments that I do have. Great post!

At October 17, 2011 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

Such a great picture of you and your boys!

You are so right...we must treasure every moment we can. I am so thankful that I am able to work part time and still be with Will. I couldn't imagine leaving him at a daycare for 10 hours. I know for some that is the only choice but I am glad that my job provides me precious time.


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