June 15, 2013

being intentional {enjoying our family}


A more relaxed schedule. 
Fewer obligations. 
Lazy days.  
The simple joy of playing outside until darkness falls. 
Catching lightning bugs and listening to little ones giggle as their hands get a tickle. 
The lingering scent of sunscreen and sticky marshmallow fingers from backyard smores. 
Dirty children and rings around bathtubs.

Summer brings all of those things but it can also bring with it an overwhelming pressure for parents {especially us mamas}. Pressures to fill the days with "something fun". Coming up with bucket lists, and finding the time, creativity and money to make it all happen. Maybe we are in a season of life where extra time and flexibility isn't something we have. Or maybe we just don't feel crafty enough, patient enough or have money enough for all of the "fun". 

Can I encourage you to have one simple focus this summer?

Be intentional. 

Let's be intentional with our children and simply enjoy them. 

Those farther along the path than us are always reminding us of something. 'Enjoy your children because they grow up so fast.' 

Let's grasp the simple fact that our little ones won't be little forever. It really does pass in a blink. 

Being intentional with my kids means being intentional with my time. Time is a free gift {that's why it's called the present, right?} so let's spend it generously. 

We are making memories with our children as we invest time in their lives. Chances are, when they look back over their childhood days, it will be the moments that will stand out. They may not remember the details of games and activities but they will remember the emotions and feelings of being with you. This is where the investment needs to be.  In the time spent with them.

So don't wear yourself out running all over chasing after activities and things. 

Spend time. Sit and quietly savor whispering moments with your children listening to the small voices of their hearts and learn more about the person that God is growing them to be. This is the best investment you can make. 

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  1. Intentional. Yes... Something I am striving for as well. Thank you for this encouragement.

  2. Very nicely written! I agree on being intentional and setting aside time to just to be in an embrace, snuggle, read a book. All of that matters. Its the feeling that is left behind for sure.

    Thanks for the reminder! Oh and I'm a new follower on BlogLovin! Please stop by sometime!

    Heather from Mommy Only Has 2 Hands

    1. Hi Heather! So nice to have you follow! Don't you love the snuggles that go along with a good book with your little ones? The best! Can't wait to hop over and check out your site:)

  3. Oh I do like this! Freedom to run and explore until they are drop-dead tired. Freedom to be bored until the creative juices begin flowing. Freedom to daydream the dreams of childhood. Your words are a breath of fresh air. Thank you!

  4. I savoured the moments today as I worked in our garden. Finally it is warm enough to plant. We have had a very cold spring so far. But today was lovely. I love to get my hands into the earth (no gloves for me).
    following after you at Family Fun Friday.
    Janis Cox - author of Tadeo Turtle and blogging Creative Saturdays.

    1. That sounds wonderful! I am just beginning to call myself a gardener. We are on our 5th year of having a few raised beds and I love the time we spend there. Blessings to you!


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