shopping for groceries
packing lunches for school
packing school bags
cutting fingernails and toenails
washing and folding clothes
loading and unloading the dishwasher
shopping for clothes
debating on what to wear
paying the bills
budgeting the money
keeping the house cleaned and organized
cleaning up spilled cups of milk
sweeping up crumbs from meals
taking out the trash
making sure that all appointments are kept and that we arrive on time
making boo boos feel better
helping out with homework
buckling car seats
searching the house for a lost lovie
I recently ran across some thoughts that helped to keep everything into perspective. Sure, I have a laundry list of things that must be done sometime during the week, but they should never trump the home that I am trying to make for my family. It is very easy for me, with my OCD personality, to create my to-do lists and cross off my chores one at a time. In doing that, I feel a sense of accomplishment, but I can very easily miss the most important part of who I should be to those that I love.
My to-do list will ALWAYS be there. With most of the same chores, actually. There will always be meals to make, groceries to shop for, laundry to wash and fold, and more. But, I love how my sweet little babies always bring me back to where I should be in the moment - with them.
The moments that I love more than any others are the play times, the snuggles, the hugs, the kisses, and the cuddles. Jackson is still at that perfect stage where he can't tell me enough how much he loves me. He can't wrap his little arms around my neck and play with my hair enough times during the day. He has to come out of his room for the 6th time after putting him to bed to come and give me a hug and tell me once again that he loves me. He can't be more happy to see me anytime of the day. He can't ask me enough times to lay down in bed with him while he falls asleep.
Tonight was one of those moments....
....that I want to keep locked away forever.....
Those are the moments that are precious to me.
Those are the moments that I want to savor and hold on to for the rest of my life.
Those are the moments that make being a mom worth it all.
Those are the moments that I am thankful that God blessed me with 3 precious children.