Monday, May 21, 2012

Because Life is Too Short to Not Make It Worthwhile

Do you ever feel like the older you get, the faster time seems to slip by?
There are some weeks that I feel like only 3 days have passed and it is already Sunday.

Lately, I am feeling like I need to focus more on the vital things in life.
My actions, words, choices...are they fostering a foundation that will last in my children?
Sometimes, I feel like the days just go by too quickly and I've missed out on opportunities to really...completely ...slow down and fully "be there."
If you are a Mom, I am sure you know what I mean.
There are a gazillion other thoughts bubbling in your head at the very moment you are trying to talk about a school project or friendship, making a sandwich, and emptying the dishwasher {because there are no plates in the cupboard}.
We multitask.
I do it well, but more recently I have heard my kids saying, "Mom did you REALLY hear me?"
Ugh. Nope.
I was making a PBJ and thinking of what I needed to do next, or on the computer...again.

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
~Mother Teresa

So why not?
Why not begin today spending more time doing the things that are worthwhile...

that count.

Dropping everything to spend time doing something that your kids want...

to make memories.

Smiling at them.

Doing something a little extra to show your spouse you love him most.

Because one day it will just be the two of you:).



to the quiet.

So you can hear HIM.

"Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart."
~Mother Teresa

Because all that you do for your family is creating a legacy.

Your legacy.
Motherhood is the highest calling in life.
These gifts to us...we only have a very small window to form their hearts and minds.

What will your children remember?

What actions and responses to life and all of its ups and downs will THEY emulate in their own families when they grow up?

Because it all gets passed down.

"Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but your heart as well."
~Mother Teresa

So today...not tomorrow...I want to begin.
Simple as that.
Time moves fast, but it is precious...and short.
And I enjoy it oh so much!

{I think that pig is smiling!}

Today I choose joy, I choose gratefulness, I choose truth, and I choose love.
I choose to forgive all of those problems around me.
I choose grace, to change, and accept difference.
I choose to make the best choices...even if it means sacrifice.
I choose life at its best.
Because it is too short to not make every moment worthwhile.



Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Julia, that was so beautifully said…thank you for these words today……they echo my feelings on living intentionally and being present with my kids while they are still under my roof….how fast the days and years go and I never want to look back with regret. Thank you for putting it so well.

Jacqueline said...

Julia, this is such a beautiful post. Very well written and I can definitely relate! Very touching.

Amanda said...


Less of me...
More of YOU!

Where is Mother Teresa today when we need her?

Oh wait, her legacy lives on and on by her words of wisdom.

Oh Julia, you know these kinds of posts are what makes this mama's heart skip several beats.

As the children sat down for dinner last week, they were all making noise at once. My husband asked them if they knew why God gave them two ears...and one mouth. "no daddy why?" because he wants us to talk less and listen more.

So yes your words today ring true.

Let us redeem the time God has given us before it slides quickly away!

Crystal @ Country Mom at Home said...

Thank you Julia for these amazing words of encouragement. It is a real struggle, sometimes to get everything done and FULLY be there for our children. But, by God's grace, we will make every moment worthwhile.
God bless.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Go for it, girl! I ask myself, "Will this be important in 7 days, 7 months, 7 years, etc.?" If not, then don't sweat it today! ~ Maureen

Donna OShaughnessy said...

I rushed thru my own four kids, then God graced with grandkids and a degenerative spine. I had to slow down. And we are all better for it

Snooks said...

Absolutely!! Wonderfully put. Well said. I agree. Thank you for the reminder.

@ 3Beeze Homestead


Oh Julia,

us Moms have always so many things to do every single day (not to say that I work out of home 8 hours a day :-((( ) and it is really difficult sometimes to let everything behind and enjoy time with the children, even if I PERFECTLY KNOW that I should do that. Thank you for this post, I've loved it so much and I will try, I will.



Oh Julia,

us Moms have always so many things to do every single day (not to say that I work out of home 8 hours a day :-((( ) and it is really difficult sometimes to let everything behind and enjoy time with the children, even if I PERFECTLY KNOW that I should do that. Thank you for this post, I've loved it so much and I will try, I will.


Katy said...

A beautiful post! :)

And I completely think that pig is smiling too! :)

~ko said...

A perfect reminder for a day that already seems too full! Thank you Julia for another post well written!

Lisa said...

A lovely post and a reminder that probably the majority of us need. We get so caught up in the "what needs to be done" that we forget to just be in the moment and live.

Anonymous said...

If you had a "like" button I would click it. ;)

Laurel Stephens said...

What a beautiful post and sentiments.

Keeping It Cozy said...

You share such lovely posts. This is how I have felt lately and I loved reading.

Tonya Gunn said...

I have been working so hard on this.
Thank you for sharing.

christan perona said...

THANK YOU for this post, Julia. It brought tears to my eyes. I love the third quote you shared from Mother Theresa.

Your words were JUST what I wanted to hear. Hugs.

Michele said...

Beautifully written! Thank you ,Julia, for the reminder!
Can I ask what state you all live in, your view is amazing?! said...

Needed this today. Having grown children is also a time to remember all of these lessons. I'm posting one of the Mother Teresa quotes on my Facebook today.

Thank you for speaking from the heart.


Julia said...

Thank you all for your sweet words! Michele...we live in Central Washington:). It IS beautiful and very WINDY!! We love it here, though, and really enjoy it.


Collette said...

What a beautiful post! Something that has been very much on my mind, lately, too. Thanks for sharing this much needed encouragement!

Anne Marie said...

Beautifully said....

and yes, I do feel like that quite often
(tomorrow is already Friday!)

I do hope to get outdoors and do campfire cooking...the kids are not asking to do that, but I know they would love it!

have a lovely weekend with your big boys! holy cow are they getting big!!!
Anne Marie

Charlene said...

Your post reminded me of this past Mother's Day sitting around the table with friends and family. We were to share a favorite "Mom" memory. My 25 yr old son said he remembers when he & I would wake up early, sneak around so as to not awaken anyone else and I'd take him fishing. I'd forgotten about those times, but it sort of proves your point of enjoying the moment and the value of spending simple time with one you love.

Christi said...


You have such a sweet way with your words. Thank you for the gentle reminders.


Tammy said...

Hi Julia,

Just found your blog via link from Pinterest. Very nice. So appreciate your testimony and look forward to following your blog...

Unknown said...

Oh, How I have not been here visiting with you for a while! Why...
because the day's just seem to fly by.

I too need to Be Still... and listen... (that way I can hear the whisper too)...

Have a lovely week!


Anonymous said...

Julia, estou encantada! Seu blog é lindo, seus posts são maravilhosos, sua família é linda. Parabéns! Você é muito especial. Kisses

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