Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sitting in a hospital room waiting for my little niece to be born makes me think back on my kids' lives. It seems like so long ago that I had little ones. Yet it doesn't seem like they should be as old as they are. People tell you "they grow up fast", "time flies", "enjoy these moments, they'll be gone before you know it". All these things they say and as a new mom you hear but don't really take to heart. Few people live like they won't ever have those moments again. Few people really cherish those baby years. All of those firsts. Few moms take time to really hold their kids while they can. We all love our kids and give them all we have within us but life is busy. Life is stressful. Life is demanding. Making every moment count can get pushed to the waist side. I have a lot of regrets. Thinking of things I missed out on when I was too busy being busy. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to do better today. To take in more. Breathe in life. My kids will not remember my clean house. My kids will not remember how many craft projects I tackled. My kids will not look back and think of all of the activities they were allowed to be involved in. They will remember the hugs. They will remember the picnics in the park on a sunny day. They will look back on the crazy camping trips in the pouring rain when we all huddled together under a tarp. They will remember the not so expensive vacation when we didn't really "do" anything but love was shared and memories were made. They will remember the coffee dates, the game nights, the Sunday night hot dog roasts, the spontaneous road trips, and the hikes in the woods. These are the things I want implanted in my kids' memories of our family. I pray that this will always be my heart's desire. I pray that I never get too distracted, stressed or overwhelmed by life that I forget the truly important call to be a mom. New life. New beginnings. It is never to late to realize what really matters.