Friday, May 1, 2009
A Time for Work and A Time for Play
Today I am taking the day to spend time with the children. Although a mom can be a home 24 hours a day with her children that doesn't mean she is actively entering their world. So many things can vie for her attention that by the time she actually sits down she can be too exhausted for any merriment. So today, I am purposefully planning a big block of time to spend with each child. This is so important in keeping their hearts. It is also important when shepherding them. We are not just managers of our children, merely keeping them clean and feeding them. We are Nurturers, and these children will become adults one day. Memories of their childhood are imprinted upon them forever and precious childhood will be over in a blink of an eye. Mother, what is that thing you have been longing to do with your children? Don't delay! They will remember the precious time you sacrifice to love them.
So today I will:
1. Read to the twins and frolic with them.
2. Play dinosaurs with my little 4 year old son.
3. Enter the enchanting world of dolls and dollhouses with my 6 year old daughter who loves to squeal and giggle.
4. Engage my older sons in pretend sword fights and 'man-to-mom' talks.
5. Take my second daughter out to a fabric store to look at crafty things and planning projects and plan a tea date (this is her love language)
6. Spend time with the teenager---helping her with some things she has been asking me to do on the computer. And LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN to her, because she has alot on her heart as all teenage girls do and maybe later play a board game together.
They will not stay children forever. One day that small boy they will grow older and walk out that threshold of your home and return a man. You cannot reclaim those days. Do not have any regrets and do what your heart has been nudging you to do with that child.
Choose to ignore your 'to-do' list today.
Time is running out.