My new favorite quote:
The days are long, but the years are short.
Some days that about sums up how I feel as a mom. I know that God only gives us what we are able to handle, but sometimes I wish that there was more of me to go around. That is especially true since our homeschool year has begun. I spend a lot of time with my kids each day as we eat, learn, and play together, but I want to make lasting memories with them, too. With four young children to love, teach, correct, counsel, and train, I struggle to find individual "fun" time with each child. One-on-one time just for them. Time to play a game or lie on our backs looking up at the clouds. Time to listen to their silly stories and actually pay attention. Time to really enjoy just being with them. Bookworm is my firstborn. She is loving, intelligent, talented, and creative. She's the smartest third grader I've ever met! She is also the child that I expect too much from. Although she is with me throughout the day and included in many activities, she doesn't get the snuggling and kisses that the little ones get, but I'm working on that! The Lord has convicted me to spend more time tying heart strings and nurturing my relationship with her. I decided to take Bookworm out to lunch. We ate at a cozy little cafe where she ordered a corn dog and chips. Next, we went window shopping in a nearby town. We had so much fun browsing in several antique shoppes. She made cute comments about some of the things we saw. We shared an ice cream cone together and discussed the virtues of cookie dough ice cream--you know, the really important things in life! Bookworm was thrilled with all we had done, but I wasn't finished yet! She had never had a manicure before, so I took her to get one. She was squealing when she realized that she would be getting the royal treatment. She picked out a very pretty nail polish color, and the nail tech even added flower embellishments on her cute little fingers. Best $10 I ever spent! She practiced her princess wave the whole way home. Later that night when I took a picture of her hands, I remembered that in a few more years those precious little hands will be as big as mine. Oh, to cherish each day we have together! We made some memories she will never forget. I won't forget, either.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
My new favorite quote:
The days are long, but the years are short.
Some days that about sums up how I feel as a mom. I know that God only gives us what we are able to handle, but sometimes I wish that there was more of me to go around. That is especially true since our homeschool year has begun. I spend a lot of time with my kids each day as we eat, learn, and play together, but I want to make lasting memories with them, too. With four young children to love, teach, correct, counsel, and train, I struggle to find individual "fun" time with each child. One-on-one time just for them. Time to play a game or lie on our backs looking up at the clouds. Time to listen to their silly stories and actually pay attention. Time to really enjoy just being with them. Bookworm is my firstborn. She is loving, intelligent, talented, and creative. She's the smartest third grader I've ever met! She is also the child that I expect too much from. Although she is with me throughout the day and included in many activities, she doesn't get the snuggling and kisses that the little ones get, but I'm working on that! The Lord has convicted me to spend more time tying heart strings and nurturing my relationship with her. I decided to take Bookworm out to lunch. We ate at a cozy little cafe where she ordered a corn dog and chips. Next, we went window shopping in a nearby town. We had so much fun browsing in several antique shoppes. She made cute comments about some of the things we saw. We shared an ice cream cone together and discussed the virtues of cookie dough ice cream--you know, the really important things in life! Bookworm was thrilled with all we had done, but I wasn't finished yet! She had never had a manicure before, so I took her to get one. She was squealing when she realized that she would be getting the royal treatment. She picked out a very pretty nail polish color, and the nail tech even added flower embellishments on her cute little fingers. Best $10 I ever spent! She practiced her princess wave the whole way home. Later that night when I took a picture of her hands, I remembered that in a few more years those precious little hands will be as big as mine. Oh, to cherish each day we have together! We made some memories she will never forget. I won't forget, either.

8 Comments:
Blogger voni said...
You know I think I am that way with my oldest too. Its making me think that maybe I should a little one on one time with her as well. Thanks for shareing. Your daughters nails are beautiful:)

Blogger Susan said...
I can identify with the truth of your new-found quote! Here lately, since my son graduated from high school, I've been thinking about how fast the years went by - it seems like last year that I was looking at all his kindergarten supplies, and now he's taking college courses.

Your day out with your daughter sounds lovely. She will cherish the memory of that day for a long time - and so will you. And her manicure is just too cute!

Blogger Mrs.B. said...
Tell your daughter that she picked the lovliest shade of pink! And the flowers are beautiful too.

Sounds like a wonderful day and she will remember it forever.

What a touching and heart-warming post!

Blogger HsKubes said...
The years truly are short.
The do grow so fast and before we know it they are almost grown.
What a wonderful time you spent together making beautiful memories.
Those are precious times that she (and you) will always remember, cherish, and talk about.

I also wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog. We're enjoying starting our official school year back up but we also enjoy taking it slowly and enjoying all that we're learning.

Enjoy your week and cherish the moments. *Ü*

~ Christina
HsKubes HomeSchool Haven
HsKubes Haven for Home
Christian Military HomeSchool Mamas

Blogger Anne said...
This is my first time here, but I had to wonder: where in the world did you find a place that offers manicures for $10.00?????? That's an AMAZING price:D

Blogger Copper's Wife said...
What a lovely day, and her manicure is beautiful!! What a treat for the both of you!

Blogger Mrs. C said...
Anne,
Most of the places around here charge $10-12 for a manicure. I only get one if it's a gift from someone because I would rather paint my own nails than pay someone else to do it, but it is fun!

Blogger bragginmommy said...
Mrs. C

You have really inspired me with this post. My eldest girl is 10 and I too at times expect so much out of her. Yesterday she asked me: "Mom, do you think I'm responsible?" I felt so shocked that she'd ask me that. So I said "of course, most of the time!" You have reminded me that I need to take the time with her and really give her the love and affection that the little ones get. She is such a good helper. I'm the eldest child in my family so I ought to know how she feels.

I too am going to plan on a one on one day with her, to show her how much I really love and appreciate her. I too have to work on showing more physical affection towards her. As she's gotten older, I've fallen out of that habit. I tend to hug and kiss my 4 and 5 year old a lot more. Now, with the new baby coming I have to make sure that I've got enough hugs, kisses and pats to go around.

Gosh...motherhood is such a balancing act sometimes. Only by the Lord's strength can I even begin to hope to be all things to all of my children.

Sorry for rambling so long on your blog, lol.

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