"We just need to get through these days. But also, I don't want to miss them! This is going to fly by."
These are the words I heard this morning as I was leaving my postpartum shift with an absolutely precious family. I have had the honor of being able to watch them fall in love with their little girl over the last 5 weeks.... I love my job.
Also, I love the road I've taken to get here. The road that has required slowing down enough to savor motherhood... and witness fatherhood... and enjoy being able to serve... and so much more.
When I wrote this article -
Savoring Summer (Because Yes, The Years Are Short)
I wasn't referencing how long the days can feel when your baby is a baby. (But it applies to then, too.) I was referencing the blur of sleep deprivation and frustration and temper tantrums and meltdowns. Hey, fellow special needs parents.
It could be so easy to rush past the wildness. But we "get to" savor it, if we so choose.
(I went to a conference by that name - I Get To - four years ago, by the way. I can't tell you how many ah-ha moments I had!)
This doesn't mean that you're failing if you're not savoring it, by the way. It's just a place and space you or I can be more mindful. Am I pausing where I'm at? Or am I rushing through?
I hope you'll take the time to read the article I shared on Moms Beyond about this, this month. There are a few questions I included to hopefully assist in your savor-age. (They certainly keeps me in check!)
P.S. No one can prepare you for the highs and lows of motherhood, fatherhood, parenting or caregiving. But for me, this one verse, has again and again come to my heart:
"Seek the Lord." - Isaiah 55:6
Seek Him at 2 a.m. when the baby won't stop crying. Seek Him at 3 p.m. when the toddler is rolling across the grocery aisle floor because you forgot to bring him or her home for their afternoon nap. Seek the Lord when you're sick and tired... and sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I feel like if we just do this one thing, it's all going to be okay. Because you can see Him in small moments. And in seeing Him... perhaps you'll take pause and savor whichever season you're in.
Sending you all the love and light.