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Monday, August 1, 2011


     Tonight I was doing my final walk through the house, checking door locks, turning lights off, and peeking in on my girls like I do every night. And, of course, I can't help but notice and make note of all the little things around my house that are not where they are supposed to be. And yes, it totally bugs me. But as I'm thinking of all these little irritations that I must make progress on tomorrow, I approach my 3 year old's bed and I notice she's not covered up completely. So, I pull the covers up and tuck her in, and then it hits me... I really miss her. But how? I spent the whole day with her and her sisters. How do I feel like I haven't been with her in ages? Then I realize, it's because I've been going and going all day and I honestly can't remember the last time I just sat down and cuddled, read a book, or tickled her. Man, how could I be so blind? I really am missing the point. So what if my house isn't perfect. It probably never will be. And who cares if there's still a few toys scattered throughout my house? My girls need more time with me, and less of me stressing over the details. *sigh* Why do I always have these revelations at night when I'm supposed to be sleeping?! Probably because it's quiet and I can actually think for a minute.

     So, I'm purposing to make tomorrow different. No, I'm not letting the house go by the wayside, but I will be more intentional tomorrow. Tomorrow I will spend one on one time with each child. I will hug, cuddle, tickle, and kiss their sweet faces. I will stop myself from Febreezing us all into oblivion and spend more time enjoying the sweet baby smell of their hair.

     And, I will cease to frame my world around my great expectations of motherhood, and being a homemaker, and frame it around what God's given me... Four amazingly beautiful, sweet, smart, precioius children and a loving husband.

Now off to bed... I need to cuddle something.

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Shana said...

Amen to that! Hi! Just stopping by. Following you from MBC. Would love a visit and a follow back on my blog: Thanks! By the way, we have a current giveaway for an IPAD 2 and a Kindle 3G. I would love for you to enter if you haven’t already!

Captain Coupon said...

I have been doing this exact same thing. We've had company and I've been making meals, cleaning bathrooms, and trying to keep all the kids 'entertained' but haven't really spent quality time with them. Tomorrow is a new day. I will let the house go and do what the kids want to do (with me involved) so I don't miss my kids..I'm a WAHM for goodness sake! This post hit home! Thanks for sharing and God Bless! :-)

Ayenn said...

hi! I totally agree... Our pastor once said our homes are not meant to be museums.:-) Let's enjoy every minute with our kids.

Btw, found you at MBC, I'm also new in MBC and in blogging...any tips? :-)


Lindsay said...

I totally feel you on this. There have been times when I looked at my son sleeping and I realized the same thing...What did we do together that day? Loved this post! I'm a new follower from MBC.

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Hi from a new follower! Visiting from MBC.

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The Crypto-Capers Series said...

I totally agree. There are days we need to take a break and just enjoy our children. I am following you through MBC. I can be found at

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I found you on MBC too. Some day truly are a rush of activity and busyness. How wonderful to have that moment!

Frugal in WV said...

Im bad about obsessing about things around my house as well, Im a work in process! Great post! New follower from MBC, look forward to your future posts!

Laurie said...

This is just perfect Rachel! I feel like this ALL THE TIME!

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