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Fall {5 Minute Friday}

That exact moment.

The one only a few short years ago.

The very first few seconds.  Soaking them in.  Living in the moment. 

Enjoying the present.  Trying to log every single detail so I can come back and remember. 

The beautiful full head of black hair that smells like beautiful.  The gorgeous big brown eyes I just want to stare into for the rest of my life.  The creamy pink skin that is so soft I’m afraid to touch it. 

This is the exact moment that I am falling in love with my sweet baby boy.   It’s real.  It’s here.  He is in my arms for the first time ever. 

Staring at him knowing that just a few short years from this moment, he will be the first to ever call me mommy.  A word I’ve longed to hear for quite some time.

Preparing to leave the hospital knowing that my life will never be the same.  It will only improve from here.  Filled with blessings, love, snuggles, and joy. 

In a split second I realize I’m willing to fall over and over again. 

And I do.  Every single day with each new adventure. 

As we finish up the first year of school, I realize I’m just as in love if not more. 

 

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Fall : 5 Minute Friday

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God’s gentle reminders

The other night I got a phone call asking if I could come into work that night instead of the next. Oh, and a few hours earlier than usual. I didn’t exactly want to but I know that I’m called to do what I’m doing.

The baby has been teething and mom was sick. She is down for the count with the flu.

So I went in two hours earlier than I’d planned on a day I wasn’t exactly prepared. I usually try to get a nap on days when I’ll be up sporadically during the night.

This didn’t happen. I was already tired just getting ready. I was leaving pretty much right after the kids went to bed. Instead of having a leisurely bedtime routine we were a bit rushed.

As I was saying good night and tucking in sheets, my little one looked at me with the biggest and brightest eyes asking to pray. Actually he grabbed my hand and said ‘Pray now, mommy’ while flashing me that smile that makes me absolutely melt. You know the one. Your kids probably have one too. It’s the smile that makes you want to give them whatever they want in that moment.

My heart may have melted right out of my chest.

In my hubbub of running around unprepared for the night ahead, I’d bypassed one of the most important parts of our bedtime routine. I didn’t mean to do so.

I was helping someone else out in a time of need and working toward still fulfilling my obligations for my family before I left.

As I prayed in that moment with my little guy, I felt a wave of peace wash over me. I had debated whether or not I should stop my life and my plans to help out. It was as if I was being told I was making the right decision to stop my life to help out in a time of need but…

Even in our hastiness to get the kids to bed, finish a project, or other household projects, He is taking care of us. He is keeping watch over us. He provides gentle reminders that we still need him.

Tonight, it just happened to be in the form of a three year old so happy about talking to God that he reminds me of just how important it really is. He can remind us in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. I absolutely love that about Him!!

I’ve stopped striving for perfection. Just as I am here to remind and teach my kids, He is there to remind us. I think God and I have a pretty good thing going right now. I’m okay with God’s gentle reminders as long as they keep coming in the form of a sweet little baby face with a growing love of prayer!

 

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Why Striving for Perfection Causes Missed Opportunities {Into the Word Wednesday}

I’m learning a little more each day that it’s okay that I am not perfect.  Learning slowly.  Really slowly.

I’d venture to say I’m a perfectionist.  I tend to want things to go my way, the right way, and the most efficient way.  I am a planner.  I am so much of a planner that any kind of impromptu activity makes me a little uneasy. 

Immediately I start thinking about how to nix plans to make room for this new, uninvited activity.  I have learned to adapt and know that striving for perfection can certainly cause me to miss opportunities.  I am not so rigid that I always miss them.  I just freak out a little bit at first!

I talked about it back here but last year on vacation we spent almost 4 hours feeding the birds.  These birds…

As I look at my life and how busy it’s been it’s okay not to be this exact idea of what I think I must be.  That every plan doesn’t have to go off without a hitch.  For instance, this post was supposed to be up yesterday.

It’s okay. (Gasp!)

If you are a perfectionist like me, take the time to step back.  Take time to enjoy the birds like we did on vacation last year.  It was completely unplanned but ended up being a highlight of the trip.  Had we forced ourselves to ignore the opportunity and do what we had planned, we would have missed out on all of this.  

Ephesians 5: 15-16 leads us right into the way we are to live our lives abiding by the ten commandments.  The words in this verse are exactly what I needed to be reminded of this week. 

‘Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.’ 

Making the most of every opportunity might not be my way of doing things.  It could be that He is putting something in my path that I need to pay attention to.  Something that I need to see.  An opportunity to follow Him and what He desires of me. 

I knew without a doubt that I needed some family time last night after a very, very long day at work.  It was a longer shift than I’m normally scheduled and then I got out 45 minutes past my scheduled time to leave.  I had seen my husband and kids for 15 minutes in the morning and by the time I got home it was 30 minutes until bedtime. 

They needed me.  I could see it.  I could feel it.  More importantly, I needed it. 

For an instance I was worried about not having this post up right on time.  I was concerned with something that didn’t matter as much as the hour of playtime with the kids (by letting them stay up late) followed by an impromptu in-home date night with my husband.  No offense to any of you but this was definitely something that our family needed last night.   

If I had powered through like usual checking items off my list, I would have missed out on some wonderful quality family time. 

I will definitely allow these opportunities interrupt my vision of perfection more often!

How about you? 

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Innocent Bystander {Into the Word Wednesday}

I’ll be honest.  My stomach has been in knots since hearing about the explosions in Boston.

It’s another one of those events that becomes a permanent fixture in your mind.  Remembering that I was home from school with the flu the day the Challenger exploded.  Recalling the events of 9/11, realizing the mom of the family I cared for was flying that day, then waiting several hours to hear from her.

I’m sad that sometimes I hear about an event like this and I’m no longer surprised.

I will be honest.  My first reaction to the news wasn’t shock.  I was angry.  So out-of-my-mind angry that something like this happened again.

Then…

I saw the photo of the beautiful 8 year old boy that and instantly broke down.  The anger was quickly replaced with compassion.  I can not even imagine what his family is going through. 

If you are a parent of a young child, I’m sure you felt the same.  I thought of my own little ones.  I thought of how I’d feel if either of them were an innocent bystander in such a tragedy.  I’m leaning on this verse this week.

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–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

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4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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Home {5 Minute Friday}

Today was one of those days when the grandparents call and want to pick up the kids.

After a long, exhausting week I’m thrilled at the idea of a little down time. Don’t get me wrong. I love spending time with my kids more than anything. I also love that they are as close with my parents as I was with my grandparents.

After they’ve gone, it’s quiet. Almost too quiet. It doesn’t feel like home without them! I’m used to the sounds of them playing, arguing, laughing, and roughhousing.

I spend the time getting a few things crossed off the to-do list. Before I know it, the time has passed quicker than I even believe. I’ve accomplished a few things that needed to be completed and now I’m ready.

Ready to give my undivided attention. Ready to play, wrestle, giggle, and chase.

After a few short hours they are home again. It’s a welcome break in the day so we can regroup and be refreshed to give them 100%.

It feels like home again!

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