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Change the Cycle

January 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)¬†

Today has been the day for us to get back into our usual routine after the holidays. We have either had family in town or was out-of-town ourselves. It has been a great time spending Christmas and the New Year with family, Eli even took his first steps while we were visiting Chase’s grandparents! Today while Eli took his nap I took down the Christmas decorations. Is it just me or does the house seem really empty when the tree gets put up for another year? It’s like there is a giant empty spot now in my living room that is usually there unless its December and the tree is up. As I look at that empty space I am trying to figure out what to fill it with but I know I will do what I always do… nothing and eventually it will look like normal until it is time for the tree to go up again. It’s a never-ending cycle that I am sure I am not alone in. While I am sitting here writing, something came to me about this cycle, it’s a lot like life. How so? Well if your like me there are some days where you feel like you don’t have enough minutes in the day. (I know I was that way Christmas Eve… trying to clean, wrap gifts, do laundry etc.) Then there are other days where you might find yourself with a few extra minutes. What do we do with those minutes? Turn on the tv, play on the computer, read, call someone or probably any number of other things and so we fill up that extra space of time until we are full and can move on with our day and then the cycle continues again. Today while I was thinking about all this I decided how great it would be to break that cycle! What if instead of filling up our every minute of every day we take those extra precious moments and praise God, read his word, listen to Him and even just rest… yes I said rest, sometimes resting is what we need too. It doesn’t have to take long to say a prayer or even listen to a favorite worship song. What can we teach our kids when we live our lives in a way that shows that we don’t constantly have to be entertained by something but yet using the time given to us wisely and in praise of our God!?!

Photo Credit: Leland Francisco

The Joy of Family

November 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

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“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.” Joyce Brothers

We have officially entered the month of November. Our family has two things to look forward to this month, obviously Thanksgiving, but the other is Eli’s first birthday! Yay! I can’t believe it is already just around the corner. When people tell you that your kids grow up to fast and time flies quickly they aren’t kidding! It can be hard to believe as a new mom when you are sleep deprived. I know I was that way. I remember saying that I would be so happy if Eli would just learned to sleep through the night. Of course he learned and I was SO happy, but looking back now that time just zoomed right on by and we are about to celebrate his birthday! I tell myself all the time to treasure every little moment we have together so I don’t blink and he’s graduating high school. But, I have a feeling that when that day comes regardless of how much I treasured each day it will probably still feel like I blinked and he grew up.

What I don’t like though is that there is no way to fix this problem! Life is supposed to progress, babies are supposed to grow up… it’s how life works. Precious memories, lots of pictures and quality time as a family is the only thing we can do as a “solution.” That way as our kids get older we can look back at the family life we gave them and know that we didn’t miss out. This journey of being a parent is by far the best journey I have been on. My son makes me laugh every day and I love watching him grow and learn. As a child and teen I always thought that time passed slowly, but as I have grown up, had a child of my own I realize just how quickly it truly does pass us by. Maybe one day children and teens will learn to not wish for time to go faster, although I think that is just part of their nature. So today I am soaking up each new memory I get to make with my family because one day my baby will grow up.