Tristin, living in the moment! He paused to watch his sister roll down the hill,
just before he rode his bike down it!
Yesterday morning I woke up late and in a slight panic. I was ready to get the day moving, after quickly realizing all the work that lay ahead of me. As I laid there I checked the weather and Facebook on my phone, as I do most mornings. I started to hop out of bed and then my sweet Bella came and asked me if I would lay with her for a few minutes so, I put my phone down and snuggled with her. A few minutes later Maezy came in and then Hudsyn. They all snuggled up with me and whispered their sweet dreams to me. I enjoyed the time but couldn't help thinking of all I should be doing. I shut my eyes and took in their sweet voices and was reminded of Ann Voskamps words, and why shouldn't I be? They are plastered on the doors of my homeschool cabinet. I read them every time I open those doors.
"Life is not an emergency. Life's a gift. Just slow."
"Now is not a forever grace but amazing grace. Do whatever it takes to wake to wonder right here."
"Motherhood is a hallowed place because children aren’t commonplace. Co-laboring over the sculpting of souls is a sacred vocation, a humbling privilege. Never forget."
"Slow. Children at play. Hurry hurts kids. Time's this priceless currency and only the slow spend it wise enough to be rich. If we actually bought our time, would we spend it more wisely - spend it more slowly? God's Word never says Hurry Up. God's words only whisper: Wake Up."
Then I remembered Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God (which our kids used to think said And the pizza guy!) which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I realized I was being anxious about the day ahead of me and I wasn't even out of bed yet. I almost missed out on a sacred moment with my three little girls for chores and phone calls that were still there waiting for me when I got up. I am going to try really hard to focus on what's important in this crazy season of our lives. Because while, it is crazy I will never get these days back. They are fleeting and precious and I want to enjoy each one to the fullest.