September 6, 2010

A simple moment

          A great deal of the time these days, life seems chaotic. I get caught up in my many responsibilities. Care for toddler (and that entails about 101 separate duties). Cook. Clean. Do laundry. Buy food. Buy clothes. Feed the animals. Feed the humans. And so on, and so on...
          In many ways it all feels so mundane. Often it is stressful. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I rarely take the opportunity to step back and be grateful for what I have. But then there are moments like yesterday, when I am overcome by the realization that the three of us are a family. And that is such an extraordinary thing.
          It was a simple moment. It was a silly moment. And it was one of those moments that really puts your life into perspective. The three of us were sitting by the pool. DD was having a snack. My hubby and I were enjoying some cold beer. We were all holding a hand up to our ear, pretending to talk on the phone to each other. She thought it was the funniest thing ever, and could not stop giggling. And in that moment I was filled with such incredible joy I felt I could burst.
          A great deal of the time these days, I wish I had more. More time. More energy. More sleep. Then a moment like yesterday by the pool happens and I realize I have more than I ever could have wished for. I have a beautiful, smart, outgoing, happy and healthy child. A handsome, hard-working, loving, supportive and funny husband. Everything I want, everything I need is right in front of me. And I am so incredibly lucky!
I also came to the realization when I was searching for a photo to include with this post that we desperately need to take more pictures of our family. We hardly have any with all three of us, and of those I actually like very few. This one is from DD's first birthday party. She's now 20 months old. The only other halfway decent picture we have is from Easter, and I hate the way I look in it. Definitely need to rectify this situation...

22 comments:

  1. Great pic!

    We tend to measure life by the major milestones, but it's the simple moments of happiness in between that supply the mortar to hold those milestones together. :)

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  2. What an excellent reminder to relax and enjoy the simple moments. It's hard not to get caught up in the mundane, but times like these serve to shake us up and show us true joy and delight :)

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  3. This was a wonderful way to start my day, reading this post :) Life with little ones does often feel mundane and stressful, but these shining moments remind us of the simple beauty of being a family. There is nothing more precious.

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  4. @ Linda - I love that! You really are a writer! ;)

    @ Mungee's Ma - And the thing is, they happen every day. We just don't always notice. At least I know I don't. Going to try to fix that.

    @ Some Suburban Mom - Nothing!

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  6. Such a lovely post. I really enjoyed it.

    The picture you selected is a great one. You all look so happy.

    (Sorry for the deleted comment above. It was riddled with typos. I really need to go to bed!)

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  7. What a wonderful post & photo - I also need to take more pics of us as a family!!

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  8. Beautiful post and a great reminder to capture life's too few moments of joy. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. It's a great family pic! I'm the same way... I have tons of pics of my kids or my husband with the kids but very few of all of us together. I guess it's because I always have the camera!

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  10. Sometimes you do have to stop and smell the roses.

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  11. Sweet post and your girl is absolutely adorable! You are truly blessed! And I know what you mean about photos ... the older they've gotten, the fewer I've taken. It's sad, really. ;0)

    Tweeting this for Tweet Me Tuesday! Thanks so much for linking up today!

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  12. Hey Flora... I've just followed oyu on Twitter thanks to Melinda' & Kristen's Tuesday Tweet bloghop.
    I'm a wannabe writer too!
    Nice to meet ya
    Simone
    @greatfun4kids

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  13. I know what you mean about the family picture. There are pictures of me and the girls, my husband and the girls but practically NONE of all of us...perhaps that will be moy goal for Christmas: get a nice family portrait done.

    The simple moments are definitely the most important (and sometimes the ones that slip away) I know I am so frequently remembering the stressful, frantic times that I forget those great times.

    Visiting from Red Dress Club

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  14. Your desire to truly love what is simple reminded me of a poem called Ordinary Life by Barbara Crooker. I read it every once in a while. You can find it here: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2004/09/09

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  15. I think every mom can relate to your post. It's hard not to get caught up in the day to day and we all really need to stop and watch our kids laugh, or play, or sometimes even cry. I'm glad that you found that moment to hold on to, and I'm sure it will stay with you.

    I totally know what you mean about pictures. I have a ton of pictures of my husband with our girls, or of just the girls, but since I am usually the photographer, there are very few of me. What about me?! Ha ha. Stopping by from the RDC.

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  16. Wow. Thank you for sharing this on Red Dress. I could have written so much of this. We get very caught up in the day to day grind of taking care of our families, don't we? Even though, in our heart of hearts, we know how blessed we are, it often takes that snap-shot moment in time to remind us to notice it.

    Thanks for reminding me. Reading this made me think of several snap-shots of my own.

    Oh, lol, and thanks for reminding me that I need more pictures of all of us, too.

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  17. Great reminder to appreciate the small moments. Love the picture!

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  18. This is great. I have these epiphanies sometimes too...as if I'm searching, searching, searching for something, anything that is "more". BUt when I sit back, take a breath, and truly look at all the blessings that have been bestowed upon myself, my hubby and our 4 boys...I am overwhelmed! I found you via "in these small moments" and I am so glad that I did! What a sweet memory this is. Thanks so much for sharing it! Also, we have very few pics of our family of 6 too. If you look through the photo albums I barely exist!!

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  19. My son turns 20 months old tomorrow and you're right, it's these wonderful, spontaneous small moments that make it all worthwhile!

    Following you now, thanks to Nichole's Small Moments Spotlights. This week she featured me too! :)

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  20. Visiting from Nichole's.

    Love this.

    And, laughter is the world's best stress reliever, you know.

    Excellent!

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  21. What a special moment with your beautiful little family. I love moments like this that just sneak up on you and you realize you are exactly where you should be :)

    Love this.

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  22. the simple quiet and maybe even the mundane moments of life are always the ones for me that bring it all full circle. in those moments i realize how grateful i am for it all.

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