I think I hear that phrase just about every week:) I know that it is well intended but at the same time I had a different meaning. I would sometimes even get a little offended. I would think to myself "I am!, I stay home with them and I never leave them and I am constantly with them! Of course these moments aren't passing me by:(" I then realized that I hurry through my week, I rush my children and I rush through events spent with people that I love. I am thinking about what I have to do next week and sometimes next month all the time. I rush to get this done and that done. I am "here" and I am "living my life" but now that I have a new meaning to that statement and I have realized that I am not really "here". I am allowing life to happen around me while I wish for my tomorrow.
I have been reading this week and one of the discussions in the book was this topic...discontentment. Unfortunately, I have been discontent and I am rushing everyone to be or do something that I want. I don't even think that I meaning to do it. I didn't realize that I was rushing them to grow up or change into something else. I have to make this stop. So how do I do stop this before it's too late? I have to learn to be content with what God has already given me.
I am very blessed to be a stay at home mom and I don't want to "miss" out on my children. This year will be the only year that they will be exactly like this! I don't want to miss out on Baby Girl learning new words...bye, hey, momma, dada, bite, mine, i la lu, and so much more. Even what she is doing right now as I type this...trying to carry her baby in her shirt using it as a baby carrier:) I don't want to miss out on my son and what he is into right now...legos, learning to make new friends, growing into the "Little Man" that God wants him to be.
I don't want to take for granted the sleepless nights, the "helping" me fold clothes (as she unfolds them and runs away:)), the boy television shows, watching them make each other laugh, the messy house, the running around, the crazy not so planned days, teaching them how to build leaf forts, playing in the snow and so on...
I want to take in each day because today is the only day that will be exactly like this! I have to remember as crazy as they can be! Rarely do they always go the exact way that I want them to go. Nap time, lunch, and errands sometimes they go off without a hitch and sometimes I have to pray from the time I get up to the time I sit down at night...lol. It's true:)
I want them to grow up and have some awesome childhood memories. I want their stories to be good ones not something that they can't really remember. I want to remember too! We as parents are writing their stories. I don't want you to think that we have to go an extravagant trips every year and buy them everything that they want. They won't remember all the stuff we bought them...but they will remember what we did! Friday sheet tents, that ice cream mom makes in the blender, their favorite dish, at home movies and popcorn,snuggling before bedtime while reading a book, baking holiday cookies together, just being silly! those are the things that they will remember...
The same thing goes for your husband:) This is the only year that he will be this age, have this hair (lol), celebrate these days with you. Don't take him for granted either. If God has blessed you with a good man then you need to be content with the way that he is now...you should know by now that you can't change him. But you can decide to accept some of those pet peeves that he has because one day you will miss that...I promise.
I challenge you to LIVE in the day that you are in today. Don't be discontent with what you have and decide to be content with everything that you have been given. Take a few moments and cherish your family!