Millions of mothers have shared this poignant, heart-string pulling song from Nichole Nordeman this week. If you’re a mom, you’ll “get it”!
Sometimes the beauty of motherhood can get lost in the messiness of it all. The chaos, the crying, the constant needs of a little one. As my oldest daughter turns 15 the day after Mother’s Day, I am reminded of just how fast time goes by. It seems like yesterday I was a young 22-year-old Army wife in Germany holding my newborn baby girl in my arms. Now she’s practically all grown up and it’s all a blur! I have to think really hard to remember all the details of the last 15 years. When I do, I remember the beauty in the mess.
As they grow up, I miss their little voices, the sound of their little feet running across the wood floors, the adorable giggles, and toothless smiles. I miss their little toes and chubby legs, their little hands in mine. I miss how they scrunched their noses when they smiled. I miss how they said “I love you” when they were barely 2-years old. So many little things that are in the past now.
If I have learned anything over the last 15 years, it is that I need to cherish each moment because I will never get it back. My encouragement today is to slow down, even if time won’t. Children are not a distraction from work. They are our most important work.
Time won’t stop. It seems to fly by faster each day. I wish it would slow down so I could savor each part of my children’s lives for just a bit longer. Since that is a fleeting wish, all I can do is cherish the time I have with them, make the most of it, and leave a legacy worth remembering.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Sarah is a wife, mom of 5, horse farm owner at Outlaw Acres Iowa, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also a Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines, and owns Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).