Saturday, August 24, 2013

What the experienced Mamas already know....








We were on the phone for only a short while. I had become acquainted with her through my grandmother. She is the pastor's wife at the church where my grandmother was attending at the time.

We spoke about this and that..health topics and ministry. The fast that she too has four children. In the end she stressed one last thought to me...make sure to enjoy your children while they're young.

Recently I had one of those 'moments'. The type that causes you to feel as if you're in a vortex and nothing else is really happening around you. I saw my second oldest son playing outside and realized, "I can't believe how much he's grown up...I can still remember him toddling around my feet!"

With the recent increasing difficulties in the last trimester of our pregnancy (back aches, trouble sleeping, congested sinuses, and often very fatigued) I have found myself constantly looking at the calendar for that magic due date. Only 13 weeks...then, only 12 weeks....the countdown obsessions haven't been helped at all by the fact that my android phone has three separate apps that often send me reminders of my pregnancy status "you have 82 days left" or something like that!

With the constant countdown obsessions I have realized one thing: time will NOT go faster when you try to force it...and one other truth has become apparent to me--> Time will NOT stand still for anyone!

It was just yesterday that I was taking care of two small boys while struggling through university...it was just a few years ago that I met and married my hubby of now soon to be nine years...only seems like yesterday that I was blessed with 2 more additions to join their brothers....it seems like last week (but really over a year now) that we moved to a new area and into a larger home. But, where has all that time really gone?!

This evening was a quiet one. My hubby took the children out so I could enjoy some peace & quiet after feeling quite unwell throughout the day. I couldn't seem to sleep, or get into any sort of book, so I took to my blogging world :)

I stumbled upon a vlog by the now famed mother of 19 children, Michelle Duggar. One of her topics was about being a Mom who makes their time count. She stressed the importance of not losing out on the the most precious seasons of our children's lives...of not allowing ourselves to get SO busy that we are always here & there bumping into ourselves. 

& which one of us these days cannot relate to her words???

Time certainly is precious. Perhaps even more so when we are the gatekeeper of small and/or large young ones that have been entrusted to our care.

Let's choose our schedules wisely. Among all the hustle and bustle of our busy 21st century lives, let's not forget the truth, "time waits for no man."







15 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree with you more about not missing out on what's here now. Time moves so fast, and yet sometimes seems to crawl, and either way, it's easy to miss the right-now-moments if we're not paying attention.
    Great post! Visiting from Michelle DeRusha's today.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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    1. Thanks so much Laura for sharing & stopping by!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us here at "Tell me a Story." If we missed out earlier, there is no time like the present to enjoy your children where they are NOW in life. If they have left home, plan a visit.

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  3. What an important reminder! I'm in the wake up in the middle of the night and think it's time to play phase...also known as walking around looking like a zombie. If I'm not careful, I can begin to wish for time to speed up to a sleeping through the night phase...but then I'd miss snuggly cuddles...and special mommy-son time! At least that's what my second cup of coffee says this morning!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

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  4. Good thoughts and yes, time moves by so fast!! Even today is moving fast!! I am linking up right after you over at Character Corner. Have a great day!!

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  5. Happy for you. Obviously, you have a heart for the Lord and your family. Focusing on Him and them. That's what counts... forever and ever.

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  6. This is so true! I only have two children right now (almost 3 and 7 months) and on the easy days I wish time would stand still. I am praying I make the most of this season in life for training and teaching!

    Kristen
    www.faithfulsteps.net

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  7. I totally agree! I have two sons (almost 3 and 7 months) and I try to remind myself daily that this is time I won't get back! I am so trying to teach and train them!

    Kristen

    www.faithfulsteps.net

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  8. This has been all a part of my mothering...enjoying this moment and not wishing it away too soon...always hard to embrace this moment of responsibility and enjoyment at the same time.

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  9. thanks for the reminder to enjoy this moment and to make the most of the time we have now

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  10. Great advice. Our time is so precious and before we know it our kids are grown and gone.

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday. Please join us again next week. God bless!

    Jenifer

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  11. Rach - loved this post - something to keep in mind with my one and three year old in the house. :-)
    Featuring at Family Fun Friday!
    http://happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun/
    Monica

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  12. Wow, so important to remember. I know this first-hand because our oldest is 13 and I don't understand where all those years went!! I am slowing down with our youngest...
    We're having another blog party this week and I'd love for you to come and share a link. :) http://atlantamomofthree.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/friday-blog-party-sept-6th/

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  13. I agree! Time really flies! It seems like only yesterday when my boys were babies and now they are teenagers! Love the pics of your beautiful family!

    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

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  14. Beautifully stated. I found you on the Top Mommy Blogs website and would love to start following you. From the picture I can see you have a beautiful family. My kids are only 2 and 5 but I can definitely see how FAST time is going.

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