not giving in but also priorities.

You’ve probably noticed that it has been pretty quiet around here lately and that I did not, in fact, keep up with my writing week last week. Life just got crazy and while this blog is a priority for me, it is a low priority when things like family and mothering and callings need to take precedent. Because while I love to write on here and learn things about having a blog and just simply bring encouragement (I hope!) those things just have to come first.¬†But that being said, I don’t want to give in. I don’t want to stop writing, I don’t want to stop encouraging.

I read this quote by Anna Quindlen recently: “The biggest mistake I made as a parent is one that most of us make…I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of my three children sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer age, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing, dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.”

LOVE. I love this quote. And how true. I am forever thinking about what is coming next. I, too, have photographs that I wish I remembered more details about.

Has anyone else heard the advice about mothering with all our senses? That when we are with our children we should soak up the moment by using all of our senses. Stop and consciously think about the scent of your sweet baby’s skin, the sound of rain outside, the dark brown eyes that belong to your little one, the chocolate chip cookie dough taste in your mouth while baking with your babies, and so on and so forth.

I love this advice. Now, I realize that so many moments of motherhood are hard and you will end up smelling stinky diapers and hearing screaming of toddler tantrums if you do this exercise with every single moment of motherhood.

But aren’t even those moments beautiful because they lead to the sweet, quiet, gentle moments of motherhood that we want to bottle up and keep next to our hearts forever.

Motherhood comes in moments. Sometimes I think there has never been a truer statement about motherhood. And so my hope this week, for me, and for you, is that we live slowly and soak in those good and gentle moments. You know the moments I’m talking about. The ones where you look at your sweet children and your heart could just burst. That we live slowly and that we live in the moment. I want to stop thinking about the next thing and start thinking about how happy I am in the moment.

And I want to think about how much I miss the little newborn cry of my babies and how I miss the long nights of rocking my babies. Because those moments were hard in the moment but oh how I miss them now.

This post kind of evolved but let’s not give up on this motherhood thing or any other thing we’re trying to do. Like start a blog. Even when we only write once a week because we are busy soaking up those motherhood moments that matter so so much to our children and to ourselves. We got this Mamas! ¬†Happy Mamas Matter Monday!

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