Come along for the ride as I talk about being a wife, mother, sister, and friend, all the while trying to maintain my Catholic lifestyle! It's a challenge on a good day, so pour a cup of coffee and read along!
“Each day you have with your child is a gift. You have just one life with each, so don’t let it get away. Pay attention and be mindful. You don’t have to resolve to do it—just do it. It’s right there in front of you.”―Betsy Brown Braun
I read this the other day and it really made me think. Since going back to work almost 7 years ago, this was the first year I took time off between Christmas and New Year's, to spend time with the kids. We didn't do anything fun or special, other than play with new toys, and have friends over, but it was time. Precious time. Time we will never get again.
Oddly enough, it's taken for Sarah to go to college this fall for me to realize this. Suddenly, she wasn't in the other room reading a book, or chatting with her friends. She was an hour away! Don't get me wrong -- I'm so happy for her -- she's having a blast (and I certainly consider my college years some of the best years of my life!) -- but life just isn't the same.
And I know in a year and a half, when Emily leaves for school, I'll be feeling the same way all over again! Realizing it's a phase, but also realizing that life, as we know it, will never be the same.
It makes me sad to see people wishing their lives away. Understand, I was a stay at home mom for 13 years, so I get it -- I understand that some days you just can't change another diaper, or pick up another Cheerio off the floor (attention Emily!), or the crying gets to you. I get it. But, as much as you can, grow with it.
I heard an interesting reflection the other day. Make a video. A video of yourself. In the video, talk to yourself as if it was 10 years ago. What have you learned? How are you different?
Then, video yourself and talk to the you that will be in 10 years. What would you say?
I think it's a very interesting concept, and think I will try it. I will let you know how it goes!
Because soon, memories will be all we have.
Hope your new year has been filled with lots of love and happiness so far!