Tuesday, February 26, 2013

All You Mamas Out There...

I posted last week about a family who lost their 8 year old daughter to cancer.
I wanted to share a piece from her blog, written by her mother.

"My final request to all who read this blog: love. Love your babies, your husbands, mothers, sisters. Love each day like it’s your last. All you mamas out there, you have been entrusted with the precious gift of a human life who depends on you. Enjoy your gift. Breathe in the scent of your child’s hair, breath. Let them cook with you and make a mess of the kitchen. Play hide and seek with them, build sand castles with them, take them on picnics, read to them!  Listen to them, value and respect them, never shame them.  Your words they will carry with them their whole life and you have the power to give them wings or stunt their growth. Motherhood can be tough but it’s worth it. It can be exhausting, boring, tedious, but never for long. You blink and they’re grown. It has been my honor and privilege to love Daisy these last 8 years. I’m thankful for every minute; the joyful and the terrible alike." - Kate Merrick

These words are such a good reminder to take time to truly cherish and BE present with our kids. It's so easy to get caught up in the busyness and 'to-do's" of our daily life that we lose out on the sweet, precious moments with our little ones.

Jack is only 5 months old, and I already can see the struggle of trying to play with him while doing something else at the same time, instead of giving him my undivided attention. And while he might not 'know' that right now, I don't want to get in the habit of giving him half my attention.

Our kids are only young once and we don't know the number of days we will get with them (I'm sure Kate thought she would get more than 8 years with her little girl). I want to make the most of my time with them.

So, I've been squeezing this little guy extra tightly the past week.

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