Wednesday, January 18, 2012

To the Mamas of Young Children:

This is a season
of wet hair and ponytails, 
of sweats and old t-shirts,
of chapstick but no makeup, 
of little sleep and feeling scatterbrained,
of tears and stress,
of much crying and whining,
of dusty furniture and piles of dirty dishes,
of crayon scribblings on walls and fuschia nail polish on carpet,
of stinking diapers and spit-up stained sheets,
of persistent crumbs and unmade beds,
of late nights and early mornings,
of few moments of "us" time and even fewer moments of "me" time.

But it is also a season
of PB&J faces and fingers,
of snuggles on the couch and tickles on the bed,
of "Ma-Ma" and "Da-Da,"
of twirling and dancing,
of hopscotch and bubbles,
of playing dress-up and hide-and-seek,
of reading books over and over and still loving them,
of jumping in mud puddles and balancing on beams,
of swinging and sliding,
of making new discoveries and creating sweet memories,
of learning what it truly means to love,
of seeing Christ in their little shining eyes.

For Mamas of young children, know that this is only a season, a short time in your life when your children will depend entirely on you.  It seems like an eternity at times when you haven't had a shower in days and you can write your name in the dust on the TV.  But in the blink of an eye, those little ones will be gone.  Don't let this season pass by without truly being a part of it; be present.  Take time to love on your children, to put down the vacuum and play with them, to teach them about Jesus, to learn more about the little people God has entrusted to you, and to see the new person God is transforming you--their Mama--into.

I pray God's richest blessings on you.


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  1. A lovely reminder. Thank you Keri!

  2. Your girlies are stinkin' cute! They do fly by. My youngest is eight now and my older two are 11 and 13. I cannot believe it. I feel myself starting to hold tighter and tighter to them as they get older. You are right. You will have plenty of time to vacuum when they are all in school! Trust me!

  3. Thanks, guys! Lynnie, I know you're right. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is a season, not an eternity, because some days I feel like it's Groundhog's Day and it will never end!