Wednesday, May 7, 2008

My to do list....incomplete?

I wasn't planning on posting tonight. I was just going to read posts from fellow bloggers and take an evening off, so to speak. That was until I read Jennifer's post for today.

It stopped me in my tracks. Most of her posts challenge me and get me thinking, but today was a bit different. It was about parenthood and how easy it is to forget to enjoy our children in the midst of raising them. I was instantly convicted.

I tend to think in lists (my mom is nodding her head as she's reading this). Since I'm hopelessly forgetful and absentminded, I have to be this way in order to get all the necessary bits done. The downside to that is, that kind of thinkin' doesn't often leave room to simply enjoy my son. Now, understand that the Bubs is in no way neglected or left wanting for attention, but there are days where, yes, my infamous to do list is checked off but I didn't enjoy the Bubs the way I really like to.

So I need to remember that playing chase with my Bubs around the house, getting "sugar", reading books together, giggling over little boy silliness, and delighting in his train layout creations are as, if not, more important than anything I could ever put on a list!

2 comments:

Jonny's Mommy said...

Ah...sounds so, so, so familiar to me. *sigh*.

I see you have a new email. Is that just for blog stuff? Just curious if I should change your address.

Luv ya!

Jennifer said...

I'm a list maker, too, and even though I can write posts like that it doesn't mean I've mastered it yet! And my how the years fly by. There has to be a balance, and balance is my weakness. An organized home is a pleasant place in which to live, and they happier I am, the happier they are.

But sometimes we all need a moment. Interruptions are hard for me to deal with, but I'm learning that such is life. Some days I feel like my head is looking down all day - how depressing! So fixed on what is never done.

We just added on a screened in back porch and it has done wonders to make me look up - sit - relax - breathe. I didn't even expect that but it's been heaven sent and I'm thankful for it.

With 5 years between Jack and my next oldest, he has also made me stop and enjoy childhood more than the other two did... I knew by then how fast it would go, and he is more demanding by nature, anyway. Thank God for these gifts we don't even know we need! :)