I am always intentional with my time with my little ones but this summer its been soooooo nice to step away from all the activities and hustle and bustle and just sloooowwwww down. These days are so fleeting, and I am ever grateful that God has put these dear ones in my care. I know that we will look back on these days of our kids being young with such a longing in our hearts. I want to look back and remember slow days together, pouring into them, loving them with every drop of who I am.
Saying yes to the small things – snuggling, making bed forts, telling silly stories – that is my very best yes. It is so easy to feel pulled here and there, but I want to be protective of my time with them.
We only get so many summers with these kiddos, and I want all of them to count. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just me and them, together. Never a doubt that mama is there whenever they need. Big and small, a few minutes or a few hours, my time belongs to them.
This summer at family camp I heard this quote and it has stuck with me over and over again: ” Say yes when can and no when you shouldn’t.”
Over and over ” can I say yes right now?” YES- lets do it!
After this summer I have 7 summers before Aiden is 18. And while I know I have “endless summers” , I have 7 more with it like this. Us 6.
I’ll never ever regret protecting family time for the 6 of us, sealing memories for us 6, solidifying those sibling bonds and fighting for time for the 6 of us to create adventures and relationships and bonds that run deep.
This here is my heart.
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