Archives For time

I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood… vacations, church camp, sportting events and the like. Those are cherrished memories that I have and now as as mom I love knowing that each day is an opportunity for me to make those memories with my family. What memories are you making today?

“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.”  Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest”

“We do not remember days; we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand

“God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.”  J.M. Barrie, Courage, 1922

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”  The Wonder Years (TV Show, 1988) 

It has been a busy past few weeks. We have had family in town, my brother-in-law got married, and I started a new job. So it has been an exciting time for our family but definitely busy. Things are beginning to get to normal at our house and that is what brings me to this weeks Thankful Thursday…. I am thankful for family time!

The older Eli gets the more fun he is having with our family time. Just a few days ago we spent an evening on the back porch playing in the water. All we did was fill up a pot of water and he went to town splashing us, the dogs and himself. It was so fun seeing his excitement. Kids grow up fast, that is just the way that it is. The older the kids get the busier life seems to be, especially with school and sporting events. Right now we might think life is busy but I am sure that families who have older children will tell me that its only just beginning. One day we will have more on our schedules to work around when it comes to getting that quality family time. I just want to make sure that I treasure all of our time together, big or small…. outings to the zoo or simply watching a movie at home, every moment is a memory we are making! So I am taking today to remind myself how thankful I am for our precious family time!

Joy for Everyday

April 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Everyday it seems like Eli is learning something new. Just yesterday he was imitating me as I pretended to knock on the door he did the same thing. Today he had a toy on the other side of the room and he would walk back and forth from the toy and the couch, he would pretend to pick up some food and then he would come over and pretend to feed me that food. When I responded with a “mmmmm!” He got a big smile on his face and I could see the excitement he had by my reaction. Every time that he does something good he hears me saying “good boy” and just this week he has started saying that as well. Seriously moms where does the time go? I mean before I know it my baby will be off to school! Which by the way I am so not ready for!

I think time seems to go by much faster as we are older, probably because we value it more as we see how much of a gift the lives God has given us truly are. I am just grateful that one of the many gifts that God has given me is my beautiful son who makes me laugh and smile and brings me joy everyday! What gift are you thankful for?

 

Time management. Enough said right? I have always been a person who manages their time and tasks right down to the tiniest detail, and then I became a mom and that particular quality has been challenged. I am sure you know what I am talking about right? Our jobs as mom are a 24 hour a day job, I literally can not have every moment of every day planned nor can I expect it to happen perfectly according to my agenda. Plus, I have to take a moment and look at the entire picture… yes I might need to dust, the folded laundry might need to be put away BUT my son also needs my attention as well when he is bringing me books to read or puzzles to put together. I have had to learn to “manage my time” so that those precious moments of reading books, finger painting and trips to the park don’t go missed. It can be easy to feel like we are not getting our jobs done as wife and mom when our attention is being pulled in nine million directions. But, that is not the case! Spend a little time putting laundry away and then dedicate all your attention to a fun book to read, save the dusting for another time. Not everything has to be done at once, take joy in the things accomplished in that day and not focus on the “failures” of what was not accomplished. Housework will always be there calling our names, how long will our children be little? Not long! Basically I think the biggest thing I have learned and would tell other moms experiencing this challenge is that “time management” as a mom is more about learning that not everything must be done right this second and that our children don’t stay little forever.

Photo Credit: Sean McGrath

“And thank you for a house full of people I love.  Amen.”  Terri Guillemets

Today is thankful Thursday! After a busy last few days my one thing to share that I am thankful for is family dinners. I love sitting down with my family enjoying a good meal, talking and laughing. Before we had kids we were very bad about sitting at the table, actually we ate in front of the tv more often than we ate at the table. Once we had our son we decided to be more intentional and make dinner a time where we are together at the table with no tv to distract us. We have actually just started a new thing where we turn our phones to silent when we sit down for dinner and they stay on silent until our son goes to bed, distraction free family time. So no matter how busy and crazy the day can be I look forward to our family dinner time. What are you thankful for on this Thursday?

Photo Credit: Kate Hiscock