Every single day we are given the gift of hundreds of moments. Each day we are granted moments with our loved ones. Days are filled with moments for us to capture and for us to embrace. And everyday we have moments of ordinary life. That’s what makes up our life. But what about those moments of extraordinary that happen within our daily moments.
I wanted to make this ‘Mom Moments’ a series as I had such a positive response to the first post about #momguilt. If you missed that post you can read it here. So I am back with more about my life as a mother; a true and honest reflection of what is happening in my mom brain. My hope is that you connect or relate in some way… even if you are not a mom… I hope you find a connection to the greater life message.
LET’S CHAT ABOUT THOSE MOMENTS. THE EXTRAORDINARY ONES.
As a stay at home mom I am given the gift of a lot of moments with my son. Morning moments, getting out the door moments, playground moments, dinner moments and every single other moment you can think of. I spend a lot of my day (despite Declan being in school) with mom moments on my brain. And to be frank; it is overpowering, a bit cumbersome and sometimes overwhelming. There is such a pressure to ‘live in the moment‘, to embrace and cherish each moment and to never take any moment for granted. Believe me when I say I agree with all of these in theory but that is a lot of pressure. Remember and embrace each of the thousands of moments??
So it got me thinking about which moments I want to embrace and live in because there are a lot. I can’t possible relish in each of them all day. And then it hit me… inherently we remember the moments of significance. So, I realized if I can find the EXTRAordinary in the ordinary then I can really embrace those moments. I can truly live in those moments… the EXTRAordinary ones. And I recognize that not each moment of the day will be extraordinary because if they were then they wouldn’t be. Right?!?
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As we think about the ordinary moments of each day I can’t help but wonder which ones you find EXTRAordinary? Are they the big loud moments or are they the small silent ones that take your breath away? Is is the calm and quiet that you embrace in your ordinary or are is it the excited and noisy? There is EXTRAordinary in them all.
It’s the way he smiles first thing in the morning.
It’s in the quiet moments of his embrace.
It’s how he giggles at my dancing in the car.
It’s the reach for my hand as we walk into the grocery store.
It’s in his nightly prayers before bed.
Reflecting on the last week or two it has been the calm quiet moments that give me pause and make me heart full. It is the small ordinary things that make my moments with Declan EXTRAORDINARY. I will remember how he grabs my hand, I will embrace the way he leans in for a kiss on a random afternoon and I will live for his nightly prayers as he tells me what he is thankful for. Those ordinary things now have EXTRAordinary meaning.
I am careful to think these will always be the moments I remember because life is ever changing and as we ebb and flow I will need to be reminded to find those EXTRAordinary moments.
The fact of the matter is this: there is no way, as mothers, we can embrace, cherish and remember every moment spent with our children. It would be impossible. But we can remember and embrace those delicate shinning moments within each day that make us smile a bit more. The moments that we hold close and turn our ordinary days into EXTRAordinay moments.
Today Declan wanted me to hold his hand all the way into his classroom. The ordinary routine of school drop off just become an EXTRAordinay moment I will remember.
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