"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Missing Out

For the past several weeks, I have been in my usual spring cleaning frenzy. While finishing up with our school year, I tried to get in a little spring cleaning each day.

Our home  became chaotic. I became grouchy. And the children became stressed.

I had finally had enough. The children? Enough! So we left all the cleaning supplies where they were, I grabbed my camera to capture the moments,  and we went outside to enjoy the day.  I would have missed out on so much if I would have sent them outside without me.

I would have missed out on my boys playing tag in the hayfield...

And a wrestling match in the front yard...





I would have missed seeing my youngest daughters dancing in the sun...

And watching them run through the hay...





I would have missed out on helping them make clover/honeysuckle "crowns"...




And ending the day on a very happy note...  :)

Young mothers, please take the time to enjoy your children. With two grown children, I am speaking from experience by saying, "The days are long, but the years are short." Once these years are gone, you will never get them back.  Soak up every moment!

I hope you have a blessing-filled day!








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32 comments:

  1. Amen, Lisa! I tried very hard to focus on finishing school, delaying my spring cleaning,so that I did not become stressed out cleaning and finishing school. Now, we are free to do a little of both and also enjoy one another. Good job!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jen. Hope you're having a wonderful, no-stress week. :)

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  2. The pictures are SO beautiful, your kids are precious. I also recently wrote about enjoying the moment with my kids too, and making sure to not be said when this phase of life passes but rather to smile that it happened.

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your beautiful day and your gorgeous family.

    I'm going to follow this site so that I dont miss out on more of your adventures!

    Patty from www.fanta4two.com

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    1. So glad you stopped by and followed, Patty! Hope your day is filled with blessings! :)

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    2. Patty,
      So glad you stopped in and are following!
      Looking forward to reading about your adventures as well! :)

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  3. The pictures of your daughters running through the hay fields immediately brought to mind 'Little House on the Prairie' ;o)Well done for dumping the cleaning and embracing the moment to be outside with your children!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Shirley Ann. :)

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  4. I will be heeding you wise advice today. Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. So glad you stopped by, Alecia! Many blessings! :)

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  5. Everything will still be there tomorrow...but the memories - ah, the memories will be with you and can not be replicated :)

    m.

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    1. Amen, Maria. I'm hanging on to those precious memories! :)

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  6. I am so glad you seized the day. It can be hard sometimes when there is so many things that jumps at us. I also do my deep cleaning and school finish up right now and I also feel I miss so many special moments and I get grouchy because I just want to get it done attitude I get into. *Smiles*. Beautiful day you had with your kids. Thanks for sharing. I love the honeysuckle crowns.

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    1. So happy that you dropped by, Chrissy. Thanks for sharing with us. :)
      Many blessings!

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  7. What a great reminder! Mine are still young, but sometimes I catch myself missing these things. Beautiful post. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Dusty. Hope you have a blessed week-end. :)

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  8. From the photos, I can see that many precious memories were made here. I'm sure capturing these photos helped relieve your stress level as well.

    I enjoyed this post.

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    1. These photos are a treasure, Mara. :)
      So happy that you stopped by. :)

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  9. Wise advice indeed! And it is so hard to rise above the mess that can be our home.

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    1. Our home looked so much more "lived in" than it used to, Christine. I've had to let some things go in order to savor the moments! :)
      Hope your week-end is blessing-filled!
      Much love to you!

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  10. With our oldest three grown and married and the youngest two being 13 and 11, I know full well how fleeting is the precious time we have with our young ones. Beautiful pictures of what must have been a beautiful day -- thanks so much for sharing. :)

    ~Lisa

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment, Lisa. Hope you week-end is wonderful! :)

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  11. Oh, that is so true: "The days are long, but the years are short." I've never heard it said that way before. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. So glad you stopped by, Sharity! Hope you a blessing-filled week-end! :)

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  12. As a mom of six kids who grew up WAY TOO FAST, I also was captured by your thought, "The days are long, but the years are short." Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your lovely day!

    MommaMindy.wordpress.com

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    1. So glad you stopped by! Hope you have a blessed week-end!

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  13. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing and for linking up with us. :)

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  14. Thanks for this reminder! Looks like you all had a beautiful time!

    -Hannah

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    1. It was a lovely time of making memories, Hannah. :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  15. This post is so beautiful! I love the pictures and I really appreciate the message! Being a young mom myself, I find that the days can indeed be long sometimes! But you are so right! The years go by so quickly. Being content with the here and now is one of my main missions right now as my blog (hopefully) conveys!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! Look forward to getting to know you too!

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    1. So glad you stopped by, Niki. Thanks for sharing and I hope have a wonderful week. :)

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  16. Thank you for sharing this Lisa. It's so hard not to get caught up in the 'day to day' life and we really do often miss out on the best times with our children. God bless you!

    -Hannah
    http://www.meohmydesserts.blogspot.com/

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    1. So glad you stopped by, Hannah. :)
      Hope you have a wonderful day!

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