I have been thinking about my last post. And it is funny how perfectly this post fits in with that one. Finding a balance is something I continually struggle with as a parent. One the one had, I want to be more relaxed, to be able to go with the flow and let things happen however they are going to happen.
The problem is that so often when I do that, I end up with cranky, tired, miserable children. And that makes for a miserable Mommy. To a certain extent, children need structure. Their little bellies can't eat whenever. They need regular snacks and mealtimes. They need sleep. They need routine.
But I also think they need me to not be rigid about it. It is a very fine line to walk everyday. I often feel like I am balancing on a tight rope and no matter which way I am tipping, the end result is going to be the same: someone will be crying.
So how do I do it? How do I stop and watch a bug crawl across the trail and still be home in time to make dinner? I guess it is all about prioritizing. Maybe dinner will be sandwiches tonight, or we'll skip baths. Maybe there will be a few tears at bed time. Maybe they'll be more tired than usual tomorrow.
But, I bet they'll remember that we stopped at the park and played in the leaves that one autumn afternoon. They won't remember what we had for dinner. Or that they were tired. Or that there were tears. Neither will I.
I am thankful I am learning to live in the moment. To stop and make a memory. To recognize that living is as important as sticking to a schedule.
And I am so thankful for this afternoon. These laughing faces, sweet smiles and simple joys are memories I will hold onto always.
James climbs down from his perch to join the fun.
"Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, and His love endures forever."
As we look ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas, everything gets very busy. There are so many things to do and get done. It is easy to loose our perspective on what is truly important. I am making it my goal to slow down and enjoy special moments with my kids as they come. I hope you make the time to do this too. I'd love to hear how you slowed down and made a memory with your family during this busy time of year.