As a mother of little ones, I hear it a lot.
“Enjoy this time.”
“They don’t stay little forever.”
“One day you’ll miss this.”
It’s all basically the same statement: Seize the Day
But most days, I really don’t want to seize the day. I don’t want to capture forever the memories of me yelling at the children, of the children bickering, the tattling, and back talking, and bad attitudes. And then there’s the kids!
Take today for instance.
Our day started with the children wanting me to entertain them during school time instead of participating like they should.
Then there was the whining about having to do so much school.
Then the children yelling at each other.
And the potty training toddler who refuses to tell you when she needs to potty. And the poopy panties.
Then the baby who is apparently going through a growth spurt and needs to eat every 2 hours. Which means she, too, poops a lot.
And to top it off, the toilet overflowed poopy water onto my feet.
Yeah, not so much things I want to remember forever. And do you notice a theme there at the end? Such is life as mom.
So, I don’t really want to seize the day, so much.
However, there are moments in each day, little glimpses of what beautiful community is, small insights into the love and glory of God. And those are the things I want to seize; the things I want to hold close to my heart and remember forever.
The sound of my children laughing together.
The 2+ hours the older kids played outside peacefully enjoying each others’ company.
The eyes lighting up moments of learning and discovery when the boy recognizes numbers and does his counting correctly.
The pride of the oldest girl in a job well done as she masters a spelling word or math concept.
The babies snuggled up in my lap.
Most days around here are a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly. I prefer to move on from the bad and ugly and cling to the good.
And by the grace of my loving God I can. I can move into the tomorrows with hope. I can look at the melt downs as part of my ongoing sanctification.
I can press on hoping and praying I don’t mess these people up too bad.
Seize the day? Maybe when my children are older.
~linking up with just write