Has it seriously been a year since I gave birth to this sweet little boy? A year?! It’s so crazy to me, because it literally feels like only half that time has gone by. Maybe it’s because I have two kiddos keeping me busy now, or maybe I’m just getting a little older and the years are just passing by a little faster. Whatever it is, it reminded me that time doesn’t stop. It only moves forward, and day by day, my children are only getting older.
When I was just beginning the journey of motherhood, I was often told by family, friends, and even strangers, “before you know it, your baby will be graduating high school, and you’ll wonder where the time went.” I always just smiled and thought that I would never let time slip away like that. Maybe I deal with this more as a young mom, but I realize now that at some point it does for everyone. Your daily routine takes over and you find yourself looking forward to the next (new) thing. Whether that being a milestone for your child, relocating, a new job… It can sometimes take our eyes away from all that there is to be grateful for in the present. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t look forward to the future; I think we should! Sometimes that’s what keeps us motivated. What I’m trying to get across is that we should be conscientious of the amount of time we spend there in our minds.
When my children have grown into adults, I don’t want to look back wishing I would’ve spent more time making memories with them instead of just working toward the next thing. I want to look back and find that I had soaked in all the beauty and joys in the ordinary moments and the “inbetweens.” They may not be the most exciting or glorious chapters in life. They may even be seasons of waiting, long nights and days, where time seemingly stands still. But they are still the chapters that make up our lives. And if we learn to embrace them, they may even end up being some of the best.
I pray that I will take more time to live for today. To focus on making memories with my children and not take one day for granted spent with them (as well as my husband, family, and friends!) To cast my cares on on the Lord, and leave my worries for tomorrow with Him.
Thank you God, for one memorable year with my son. May he be blessed with many many more!