Monday, March 5, 2012

Appreciate what you have in the now!

I know we all hear it. We here it from our parents, our teachers, our neighbors, and our mentors. They all tell us to slow down and enjoy what we have. They say never to wish those times away!  Well, I know that is easier said than done and I am guilty of doing this too. As I am sure we all are.

When my 2 older kids were young, I was still a youngster myself. The ripe old age of 23 was when my first child came. And, 3 months after I gave birth to her I found out I was again pregnant with my son. I think this is where I started to rush everything in my life.  I couldn't wait for my daughter to walk because I was going to have another baby to deal with. I couldn't wait until she could talk so I could better understand what she was meaning. I was tired, literally, and tired of not knowing what those cries meant. I was so anxious to get her into a big girl front facing car seat so that I did not have to carry 2 infant car seats. The same happened with my son when he came. I didn't even have an excuse to rush him. There were no babies coming from this momma anytime soon, or if at all!

I couldn't wait until they started preschool and then from preschool I was excited for them to start elementary school, sport, and friends. Well, Let me tell you, it has happened they are in the 3rd and 4rth grade now and all I want is that time back. All that time that I wished away. All those times that I thought "God, I just want her to walk. my back is killing me and I am tired" Well, now I wish that she wanted to crawl in my lap, hold my hand, and ask for me to pick her up. The same goes for my 9 year old son.

Since I have my new little one, I get to enjoy those special moments and I am in no hurry to make him grow up. I want to enjoy every moment with him as I know that in the blink of an eye he will be grown up and not needing me for as much as he used to. I listen to his every cry, every giggle, and every wimper. I hold him when he needs me, I cuddle because I want to, and I stare while he is eating. The rest of the world can wait. My housework goes on hold and I am cherishing every moment I have with him.

So, cherish every moment you have with your children. Hold them tight, read them stories, and tuck them in at night. When you do this, make sure to slow down and enjoy the time you have with them. You never know when it is that you won't have it anymore!