Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sometimes I need to remind myself...



... childhood passes so quickly.  When "the girls" come to play, I am reminded of how fleeting the days are of endlessly filling paper with rubber stamps... and marveling each and every time. "See that?" And that?" As she points to one exactly like the previous one and I laugh at her ability to see each one as "brand new...






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... of how you can run until you literally fall into a heap on the couch fast asleep for over an hour...
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... how today its just a princess dress, but blink a few times, and it quickly becomes a prom dress...

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... how this boy who yesterday needed help on the swing...

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... now spends his time helping her on the swing...
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... how she reaches to him to steady her, as he used to reach up to me to steady him...
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... how sometimes, we all need to let go... knowing someone else has a firm grasp on us.
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Of what do you need to stop and remind yourself?

23 comments:

  1. ...how lucky I am that I've experienced these things... I've seen my children experience these things...and I also needed a reminder that sometimes...you just have to let go.

    Great post :-)

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  2. ... right now I am reminding myself how lucky I am to have found good, salt-of-the-earth people like you in this blogging experience. Your love for children is exemplary. How blessed are those beautiful boys and those little girls who bask in the love of your entire family.

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  3. All the kids look so happy in the photos. It reminds me of my own children 20 years ago. Enjoy.

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  4. how quickly time flies ... what a wonderful reminder

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  5. Of how blessed I am to have experienced each of these things with my six children. And, how watching them grow and outgrow certain things is a blessing too.

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  6. First of all,what are all the synonyms for GORGEOUS. Beautiful kids.
    I was talking to a fellow worker who is talking about having his first child. I got talking and sharing memories of the births of my 3 girls. I was recalling things like it was last week, when it hit me like a sledge hammer that the last birth was 20 years ago. Damn.
    I need to remind myself to stop and smell the roses. Thanks for doing that for me.

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  7. ya it certainly gets you teary eyed to see this happening.
    Life is so sad sometimes even in the good times I guess this is why women cry when they are happy :)
    My son went to study history in a fancy shirt and cologne.Ya I bet thats history he will be studying saturday night lol

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  8. We need to live in the moment more than we do. That is what it reminds me of. I look at your boys and see how much more grown up they are from when I first started reading your blog. Wow, time flies and its hard for us to catch up with that. Err, better not read my latest post. I still think my grown daughter is 10 years old..you have two handsome and well mannered boys there Mom.

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  9. How wondrous it is to see the joy of children. I am reminded of my 4 children and now my 6 grandchildren. There can never be too many happy smiles. Such wonderful photos here!

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  10. Hi Vicky

    you have captured lovely moments with the children, their glee and joy in the moment...and it is obvious that you are a great mom and carer.

    happy days

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  11. To laugh and see the joy in small things.

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  12. Such a sweet post! The prom dress line made me cry!

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  13. You have pulled so gently on my heartstrings...and you have created an incredible photo narrative! I will not forget this one...what a beautiful and tender reminder this is! This is one of my most favorite posts! You are wonderful, Vicky! I'm so fortunate to know you! Love you much! Janine XO

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  14. Karen, I do think that needing to let go at times, is universal.

    Bonnie, thank you for your kind and heartfelt words! The pleasure is mine and I too am grateful for this experience with you as well!

    Lisa, I am soaking these days up as I feel them slipping through my fingers daily!

    Susan, indeed, it does, all too quickly I fear.

    Eileen, I like what you said... I hadn't thought of that but watching them outgrow some things is a blessing too! Thanks for that perspective.

    Mark, Thank you... "sledgehammer" instantly made me feel your pain... 20 years, oh wow! I can hardly grasp nearly 8 years myself :)

    Vic, those are the days I think are just around the corner! Oh yikes, I do not think I am ready for that!

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  15. Lilly, they have grown! Even I was noticing my oldest's feet are now the same size as my own... ouch :) Hmmm, I only wish they were that well mannered all the time!

    Kass, so true! I can only imagine the smiles with 4 kids and 6 grands :)

    Delwyn, warm weather and being outside combine for lots of joyful play in the spring. Thank you for your kind words!

    Marilyn, you seem to have a very keen knack for just that and I so admire it!

    Missy, I don't even have girls of my own and I was sad thinking of the prom dress... Can you just see Laila and Tuesday some day dressed for prom??

    Janine, thank you for your sweet compliments, it means so much to me. I am equally grateful for your friendship!

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  16. I absolutely loved the last few sentences.... "we all need to let go... knowing someone else has a firm grasp on us." When you said someone, all I could think of was God. I absolutely loved the picture where Ms. E sleeps so soundly. Sans any worries :)Loved this post!

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  17. Good things to remember. I usually find myself having to remember not to rush...even though life seems short, things take time.

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  18. It is crazy how fast it goes by! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following yours now too! :)

    - Megan
    http://meganscreativecorner.blogspot.com

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  19. Wonderfully poignant post today, Vicky. You know I got that catch in my throat when I saw the dress become a prom dress in my mind's eye. It's so true. I'm starting to understand why grandparenting must be so fun. Everything was SO pivotal to me when my kids were little. I was an older mom and I knew the days would fly by but you just CAN'T know how quickly.

    When, and if, I ever have grandbabies, I will revel in each little discovery and treasure each stage again in a completely different way. I'll let mom and dad do all the worrying. :)

    Your children, including the ones you babysit, are SO precious. I REALLY LOVED this posting. You should be writing for a parenting magazine.

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  20. wow, didn't expect to cry.
    Thank you for the reminder...life gets even more intense seeing your baby with a baby...
    when I watch Stephie and Ellie the mix of emotion is almost too much.
    I long for Stephie to be my chubby girl again at the same time feeling pride in her mommy heart...

    Parenthood is not for sissys.
    love you sweet friend.

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  21. Tranquility, those were my thoughts too, but it was open to interpretation :) Wasn't she sweet sleeping like that? I sat next to her so she wouldn't roll off and she never moved once till she woke up completely.

    Jen, I like that thought, don't rush... its easier to perceive we need to hurry perhaps, when actually, we don't as much as we think.

    Megan, welcome! I look forward to getting to know you better :) Thanks for coming over.

    Robynn, you were reading my mind! I too get the whole grandparenting thing... its very much like the babysitting I am doing... I get to love on them all day, but I'm not worried about their shot schedule or any of those larger picture things... it makes so much difference!

    Robin, so true! I can only imagine what that day may look like to see one of mine with one of theirs :) Enjoy this special time Robin with little Miss Elliot and the special new one on its way! Love you :)

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  22. Oh, girl. Your boys helping those sweet girls just melts my heart. I swear they have grown into young men in the time I've known them.

    Make them stop :)

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  23. I'm reminding myself every day about all my blessings. It's a great world. It truly is. Those smiling kiddo pictures are terrific for everyone's spirit :)

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