My friend and colleague Michelle sent me this image today. It shows our precious daughters at 4 years old. They are 10 now. We got to talking about how we need to savor the moment. I can just remember the smell of the sunblock, the wet bathing suit and the little body that fit in my lap. We have older boys as well and have gone through over a decade of birthday parties and holidays. I used to plan elaborate birthday parties for the kids when they were little. You would find me scrambling to get everything just right. I'm quite sure I snapped at my kids and got impatient with my family as I tried to get it all done. Wow, the whole reason was to give them a memory to remember. We get caught up in getting through the party instead of being in the moment. I know we hear it over and over...but these moments are fleeting. They will never be this age again. Be present in their expression, their hug, their smile. Michelle just celebrated Ella's 10th birthday. When the girls asked to blast the music in the car...she did it. She let them sing and yell at the top of their lungs. And that, they will remember.
I know that the days can be long and exhausting at every age. But I pretty much can guarantee you that you will look back at that moment and wish you held on to it just a little tighter.