Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oh, Look at the Time!


After school has been completed and the kids have had a snack, this is the scene in our home in the late afternoons.

There is usually somebody practicing piano while the rest of the kiddos have their home work spread out on the table. The little guys don't always have home work, but if they didn't finish up their seatwork during seatwork time, they will have a few things to complete in the afternoon. They love "home work" time and being together around the table, so if they don't have any work to catch up on, they will usually be found with their big brother and sisters drawing and coloring.

Yesterday during this hour, a little melancholy moment hit me. These are the moments to enjoy and embrace. With the piano playing in the background and the sounds of the kids' chatter, I was overwhelmed with the realization that time is fleeting. This busy household won't stay busy with their voices, and instrument practicing forever. Their childhoods have already flown by so quickly and we have two ninth graders, a seventh grader and two second graders.  No more babies. No more toddlers and boy did those years fade away quickly.

I know from experience just how fast they grow up, but somehow I thought maybe it would go more slowly with my younger kids.

We now have eight grandblessings to enjoy and even they are growing up so fast.

Even though it's loud and crazy and busy and some days it feels like I just can't keep up with it all and some days even deciding what to make for dinner feels overwhelming, so we just don't "do" dinner....but we have a "fend for yourself night" and on most days the laundry is piling up and the bathroom looks like a science project, it's all worth it.

They are worth it. All the time, effort, exhaustion, feelings of inadequacy in trying to keep up with it's all worth it.

Taking time to re-fuel and get my attitude right every day provides all of my needs as their mom.

Take heart moms. Live in the moment and trust God to help you on those especially draining days.

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil."

Proverbs 3:5-7

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