Staying Connected

16 Dec

Five Minute Friday: Connected

It is so easy to get caught up in all the chaos of our everyday lives, especially around the holidays. There is always a voice in the back of my head that reminds me I need to be in the moment and enjoy what is right in front of me.

Lila has a book she loves called “The Bare-Footed Bad-Tempered Babies.” There is nothing that snaps me back to reality quicker than sitting down and reading that book with her. The message of it is even though our babies may have there bad-tempered moments they won’t be babies for long. It reminds me I need to enjoy this time, even at 4:00 in the morning when the diaper didn’t stay fastened. These moments are fleeting.

This is a great reminder, not only with our children but with all the loved ones in our lives. Friends and family are the sweetest, and best gift we could be given….we need to remember to stop and appreciate them.

11 Responses to “Staying Connected”

  1. Charity December 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Amen sistah!

  2. Tara@pohlkottepress December 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    ah yes. This reminder creeps up on me softly and suddenly when I feel myself daunted by some part of mothering. Or in a picture I don’t look “just so” in…I tell myself, I will never be this young again, so even imperfect, its a document of the way I was…. or when my daughter clings to me to fall asleep, even when I know I should be trying to get her to sleep on her own, I feel our warm skin joined under a princess comforter and I know when she has grown, I will yearn for this night again. beautiful!

    • thewoodsonway December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

      Beautifully said. Sometimes the chores can wait, we can rock them to sleep “just one more”, and we can play for just 5 more minutes. We can’t get this time back so we have to make the most of it whether we are looking our best, 10 pounds from where we want to be or exhausted. Those will be minor details in the grand scheme of things.

  3. http://www.toodarnhappy.com December 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    It always makes me laugh as I read the blogs that I am led to read. They always provide just the right nudges, wonderful reminders about my own behavior, things I need to be doing, or not doing. As I am taking care of a young adult child today who had all 4 wisdom teeth out yesterday, it is important I remember treasure these moments. Thanks so much!

    • thewoodsonway December 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

      It sounds like you are doing all the right things and your child is lucky to have you in their life. I bet lots of ice cream would make these moments even better;)

  4. Felecia December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Yikes … the diaper didn’t stay fastened … you are filled with grace my dear! πŸ™‚
    Best wishes for a lovely season and for friends who appreciate you!
    Felecia

    • thewoodsonway December 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

      I don’t know how much grace was involved but we made it through…haha. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season as well!

  5. shanda oakley December 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Thank you for the reminder to stay connected and give attention to those that really matter, and need us, during this season

  6. Amy December 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Oh yes. I’ve spent too many holiday seasons feeling guilty about not stopping to really, really appreciate the people who mean the most to me, and I’ve been so determined this year not to do that. What a good reminder!

  7. Lori December 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Sometimes I feel like I need to walk around with blinders on, so I can focus just on exactly what is in front of me! Great reminder to live in the moment!!!

  8. covered in His dust December 17, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Okay, first off…the thumbnail pic on Gypsy Mama’s page that I clicked on to get here is absolutely darling!!

    I so get what you mean though. Really it’s so easy to get completely DISconnected with what’s important and get caught up in all life’s chaos, especially this time of year, like you said. What a sweet way to slow down and take a breath by reading with your child. Time does fly and it is so easy to let it slip right past you if you aren’t careful. Great reminder to cherish every moment. Blessings!!

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