What Simple Joys Do You Have to Savor?

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Yesterday ….

I was on the computer when my son, OG, placed his walkie talkie beside me, ran to the next room, and said, “Mommy, can you hear me? Over.”

I was hurriedly trying to get dinner cooked during the small window of time that my younger kids were napping when my daughter, JJ, asked me if she could help.

I was looking through some insurance paperwork when my son, CJ, came up to me and said, “Guess what, Mommy? Can I tell you something?”

I was trying to finish a chore when my youngest, Ace, pulled my arm towards the kitchen where he had set up all the chess pieces on the floor in battle array.

How do you think I would have reacted to each of these moments? There are many moments, like these, that happen throughout the day. And many moments when I have responded with, “Not now. Mommy is busy.” But what would I have missed?

I would have missed talking with OG on his walkie talkie and saying, “Mommy is here. Where are you? Over.” “I’m in the bathroom. Over.”

I would have missed teaching JJ how to stir the vegetables in the pan and giving her the opportunity to proudly say to her daddy, “I helped Mommy cook dinner!”

I would have missed CJ sharing his exciting news, “I found one hair on my leg! I’m just like Daddy! Woohoo!”

And, I would have missed playing “chess war” with my little Ace.

Simple joys happen throughout the day. Sometimes we miss quite a bit of them because we choose to focus on something else that we feel may be more important. The problem is we can’t get those moments back. So, let’s stop for a minute and choose to savor those moments as they happen.

What Simple Joys Do You Have to Savor?

 

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23 thoughts on “What Simple Joys Do You Have to Savor?

  1. What precious moments you experienced. All the other things are so unimportant in comparison. Thanks for sharing this: beautiful.

    1. Thank you, Sasha! You know all your posts about motherhood have inspired me to be more intentional in seeking out those precious moments with my children.

  2. You’re so right, it’s the little moments that we share that count for so much. Now that I am working again I find myself constantly saying to my daughter ‘In minute’ ‘wait a second’ etc as I rush around trying to do all the other things like tidying, washing etc once I pick her up from preschool. I need to get better at just treasuring the moment. X

    1. I’m right there with you. It feels like there’s not enough minutes in the day to get everything done, but those minutes with our children are ones we just don’t want to lose.

  3. That is such a great perspective! I try to remember to savor those little moments. Some days I do great, and others I’m more of an “in a minute” or “Mommy’s busy” kind of gal. Today it was taking time out from laundry to play with water sprayers with my munchkins. They loved getting to spray Mommy, and I was able to go back to my chores after a few minutes and just watch them through the glass door as they ran around playing gleefully. 🙂

    1. You illustrate my point perfectly. Pausing from our busy work to play and enjoy our children is not something that takes so much time and effort, even though we may sometimes feel like at the time. For our children, just knowing that we are focused on them, even for just those few minutes, means the world to them. We will always have time for chores.

    1. So important not to miss those moments with our children! Our window of time with them gets smaller each day.

  4. I realize that too especially when I’m too caught up in front of the computer. I do my best to remember all the time that my son should always be my priority. So I have to stop whatever I’m doing if my son needs something. That doesn’t always happen though if I’m running late for work. Ugh.

    1. There’s going to be times when we can’t stop what we’re doing. Our kids need to learn how to wait too. But there are also times when we can stop, but we choose not to … when we can take time to play with our kids, but we choose other things before them. Something I’m learning to do each day.

    1. You’re welcome! So many of those moments throughout the day, and we can be intentional about catching a few of those moments to cherish.

  5. Such sweet moments you have shared! I have learned that this still true even they are teens. Your undivided attention can mean so much. And can also provide a chance for them to open up to you!

    1. When I realize that I get too busy for my kids, I feel the weight in my heart and the strain in our relationship. I do want to continue to build a strong relationship with them while they are young. Thank you for your comment!

  6. What beautifully precious moments that you were able to savor- and memories to create with them. I have to keep myself in check a lot, reminding myself that my kids are only going to be little for so long… and that they’re only going to want mom around for so long. Thank you for this sweet reminder.

    1. Thank you for your comment! I’m ALWAYS having to remind myself that even when the days seem long, the years will be short.

  7. So true! I can think of time when I have said “mommy’s busy” and regretted it. My kids often want to help me cook. It takes twice as long and is twice as messy but they really enjoy helping, so I enjoy it too.

    1. They really love being a part of the cooking. I keep thinking I’ll get dinner done faster if they don’t help. Sometimes, I am pressed for time, and I’m not able to include them, but I try to plan something for later, like making dessert or some homemade granola bars with them.

    1. Yes, so true. I never want to look back on these early years of my kids with regret. Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad to have connected with you through the FB Mommy group!

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