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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Don’t Miss the Little Moments

I’ve been a bit lax about recording our days lately.  Too often, I don’t get out the camera.

Too often, I forget the little moments. 

They get shuffled under the schedule of things that must be done.  That should be done. 

Sometimes I think it’s the things that we don’t plan that really count, but I always seem to be so wrapped up in my plans that I nearly miss them..

I almost missed the precious moments of helping my little girl dress for the big dance…because I was fretting over whether they’d be late.

010Mary (age 9) and Daddy dressed up for the Father-Daughter Dance.

I almost didn’t notice how tall she’s gotten, or how much she’s grown up in the last year.

009Daddy and Mary just before last year’s dance.

Because I spent the day worrying over finding the right shoes (we did find the perfect pair at the thrift store) and whether the food I had prepared and dropped off in the afternoon was enough (it was---most of it came back home they had so much food).

Today, I tried not to forget how cute, clever, and utterly competent Emma is.

003Emma (age 3) being her random, beautifulness with no fire trucks in sight.

Even after she pulled the fire alarm at the Parish Hall where all the homeschoolers in our area were gathered.

I didn’t have my camera with me, so I don’t have a picture of the fire truck. 

Or of the startled and horrified look on my little girl’s face.  “I’ll never do that again, Mommy!”

As embarrassing as I guess it was (was it?), somehow I could laugh even at the time.  Maybe I’m growing up.

For some reason I snapped this pic a little while ago.

008Peter peeling an egg.  Isn’t he noir?

Maybe it was because I didn’t want to forget this expression on his face.  I don’t want to miss all those schemes he’s hatching.  

He’s growing up, too, he looks so much older than he did a year ago.

020Peter a year ago

I noticed the other day that David has his very first little pimples popping up on his upper lip.  Right around the peach fuzz. 

Out of respect to my almost 13-year-old, I did not snap a pic.  Methinks these are details he would rather I forget.

So many moments happen in a year.  And most of them are unplanned. 

I wonder, which moments will I remember when I come to the end of my life?  Will they be the ones jotted down in my schedule ahead of time, or will they be random bits and pieces that I would have missed if I hadn’t been paying attention?

This is a topic I’ve been thinking about lately.  There are some things I want to change.  Because life is so unpredictable---and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to do all I can.

What are some moments you’re glad you didn’t miss?

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9 comments:

  1. What a timely reminder :) I loved your memories and word of encouragement. Thank you

    Beautiful post

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  2. Actually your post has inspired me so much I've updated mine. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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  3. Thank you, Chareen, I'm glad my words spoke to you. ;)

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  4. Thank you! You have no idea how much I needed that after this rough week...

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  5. Nicole,
    Rough weeks seem to be the norm around here lately, lol! I hope things turn around for you---I just keep telling myself that all moments are fleeting, even the hard ones that seem never-ending when they are happening.

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  6. Thank you, Susan, for linking to Memoir Monday! Your reflections and photos are beautiful.
    I look fwd to getting to know you through the blogosphere!

    Have a lovely day

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