Friday, August 19, 2011

Living lntentionally: The Babies

Christmas 2010
Bill and I have four girls.
Four.
Girls.
That means much of our lives is a dance between
breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.
Soon, we're going to throw school into the mix.
Two in one - one in another.
Then - we're going to add other fun things like
piano, soccer, and gymnastics.

I don't want our relationships with each other to lack in depth while we
live life.

I don't want to look at my girls ten years down the road and think,
I don't know you.
I mean, I know you - but I don't really KNOW you.
I don't want them to think the same.

I don't want to be best friends with our girls.
I don't want to relive the days of my youth vicariously through them.
I certainly don't want to wish these years away for a time when it's easier.
Parenting will be difficult - no matter how old they are.

I DO know that I want to be the best mom I can be for them -
with God's grace.
I want to make sure I don't lose sight of that in the busyness of it all.

I'm thankful for His patience,
and I'm thankful for their forgiveness when I fail -
because I have
because I do
because I will.

Sometimes I wish we lived in a place that was
less fast-paced
less hectic
less scheduled.

I want us to
slow down
enjoy each other
listen
and 
be still.

I hope to
hug
kiss
play
create
talk to God
read His word
have a real conversation
with each of our girls.

Daily.
Intentionally.

My heart longs for it,
and so do theirs.

4 comments:

Maria said...

Oh your girls are beautiful. this was a beautiful post, that also has some resonance with what I wrote today about being thankful in a fast paced life. I am visiting for the first time and look forward to reading more.

Maria @ Linen & Verbena

Grace said...

Thank you so much, Maria! Our girls have captured my heart fully and completely. Thanks so much for stopping by - come back again, soon!

Mom of Three said...

Love this post Grace. So very true, I just have three, but I understand every one of your thoughts. I try to remember to slow down and remember each moment, and to attempt to make time for just Dave and I lol.

Grace said...

Thanks, Robin! Life with little ones is busy, isn't it?? I hope you're enjoying these last few weeks of summer with your girls AND getting some alone time with your hubby ;)