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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Being Mindful of the Time Between the Moments

My sweet blogging friend Whitney at Life Alaskan Style wrote a post the other day that has deeply resonated with me. It seems like we've reached a time in Gabriel's development where it is painstakingly obvious each morning that he is older. I know that in a blink of an eye I'm going to wake up one morning and my little baby boy is no longer just that but (I hope and pray) a God fearing man with a family of his own (pause to wipe tears that are pooling in my eyes).

 I could probably waste a lot of time in the present being saddened about my baby boy growing up but that would be all too counterproductive, instead I hope to be present not only in each moment but those times between the moments that tend to just be written off as ordinary or routine. By doing this I also hope to foster an environment and relationship that leaves no room in his mind to question that he is loved, appreciated, and supported because after all this is what the Lord desires with us. It is so important to me that Gabriel has these truths embedded in who he is and that there is never an ounce of doubt- not only do I want this but we owe it to him by bringing him into this world and because God entrusted him to us. However our responsibility goes father than this- the love, trust, and dependence that Gabriel has in us will slowly need to be transitioned from us to God.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. -Deuteronomy 6:5-9

I'd be lying if I said it was easy for me to believe that God is more capable of taking care of Gabriel than I am but just as I am His child before my mother's the same goes for Gabriel. I know that one day very soon I will have to start 'letting him go' so to speak, but the Bible assures us that if we're diligent, mindful, and intentional in how we raise Gabriel as who he is in Christ -focusing on his God given strengths- that he will continue in that directions...

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. -Proverbs 22:6

As I've shared with you before, sometimes it's hard for me to find peace with being a stay at home mom but today is one of those days I can confidently say I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  1. Absolutely agree :) These routine, ordinary moments are going to be some of the most treasured memories we have one day when we're old ladies.

  2. This is such a great post - it resonates with me. Our little boy is not far from three and I ask myself what happened to the days where my concern was pumping breast milk and starting him on solid foods - keeping him out of electric sockets and rationing the sweets. Yesterday he got 7 stitches (you'll have to check out my emotional breakdown yesterday - haha). I love the scripture you used too - great, great reminders. :)
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. So touching! Children do grow up quickly. Just enjoy the present to its fullest - loving, playing, & teaching your child the best of your ability. You have God's guidance, so you won't go wrong...much! I'd be lying if I say you never will mess up. I think it's inevitable as a parent to fall somewhere along the line, but it's our job to get up and keep going - loving, playing, & teaching. Thanks for visiting & joining my WW linky party! BTW, I am promoting a Diamond Candles candle giveaway. You're invited to enter, if you're interested.

  4. PS: Now following you on GFC! ;)

  5. such beautiful words in this post Lena! and those photos of Gabriel are just to do for, he is such a beautiful little guy!

  6. ps love all the little updates to your blog! I'm going to update your button now!!

  7. Aww this was such a great read! It's true, we have these little people in our lives that we are completely responsible for and watching them grow is amazing yet sad at the same time. And one day, they are going to be their own person and have to move on. Letting go will be so difficult. I know...I have two and one on the way and I don't think ti will get easier no matter what.
    Thank you so much for linking up with The Mom Diaries

  8. Oh yes, these are the moments we reminisce about while sitting in our rocking chairs sipping our tea. :)

  9. Oh my gosh I can't imagine how I am going to feel once he turns three!!! How is your little one doing?

  10. Thank you! Before Gabriel was born I kept telling Chris that he shouldn't be worried that I didn't think our baby was cute... As soon as he was born I was singing a different tune. :)

  11. Thanks! You motivated me to change it up a bit. :)

  12. Totally bittersweet. Oh gosh about once a week I start to tear up thinking about Gabriel being a grown man.

  13. He is doing so great!! We got all the stitches out and he doesn't even remember it's there. Thank you for asking!


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