Making Time

Making Time...if only we really could. Couldn't we all use more time? More time to get the laundry folded, more time to run the kids to the next activity, more time to exercise...we could all use more time. My mantel is decorated with the theme of "time", because I wanted the reminder to make the most of all the time I'm given. The thing is, we are each only given 24 hours in a day. While we can't physically make any more time, we can take more time to do what's important to us and those we love.
Yesterday, my son stayed afterward at piano lessons to play with the teacher's sons. When we returned home, I hopped on the computer to do some blogging work, as I frequently do. My daughter was feeling a bit left out and very sweetly asked me if I'd play soccer with her. Taking a deep breath (thinking about all the things I "needed" to do), I accepted her offer and off we went to play in the backyard for awhile.  Soon she was ready to move on to the next thing, sidewalk chalk.
Again, I could think of a dozen ways I needed to "work". There are Spring crafts to dream up, recipes to write up, pictures to edit, etc. However, my sweet girl wanted to create a picture with me. Our medium was chalk and our "masterpiece" was a sidewalk chalk garden.
We worked on it together, creating a picture that was different than what each of us expected, yet somehow beautiful and cohesive. It reminded me a lot of when we give our time to God. We expect certain things to come of it, but are always blessed in how differently He brings things to pass.
Though it is nothing "pinworthy", it was time well spent. I've got years of time to be creative on my own, but only a precious few to build into my children's lives. I'm grateful for each moment that God gives me to be my kids' mom. I am always amazed and inspired by so many of you moms I read about. Like many of you, I struggle with the balance of keeping this blog going and making sure I'm doing what I've been called to do... raise my children up in the knowledge of the Lord to be productive people who make a mark on this world in His name.

I share this post with you today, not because it something to brag about. Rather, it is a reminder to me to be more intentional in spending time with my family, especially when they ask me to do things with them. Too often, I say "no" because I am too busy writing a post or responding to comments. I don't want them to remember their childhood by all the times they were disappointed by how little time I spent with them (outside of school time) and how much time I spent blogging.

Wishing you a weekend full of memory-making time with your families! Take the time to build into their lives. It is an investment that will reap huge rewards. Blessings to you!

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  1. I love your "sidewalk chalk-garden"....precious!!!xx

  2. Kids make us slow down and remember what is important. From stopping us from cleaning the kitchen to getting us off the computer to play. You just have to go with it and figure out how to fit the other things in later. Sometimes I loose sight of that when my son is dragging me to something else that he wants to show me but they are only going to be young once and these are the times we are going to remember right?? I am sure that she will too!!!

  3. Reading your story, really a pleasure for me :) , NICI, reliving childhood glimpses of my children ... single mom with hard , hard work and a little ( so little )free time but SO PRECIOUS TIME for us .What a time!!!
    A beautiful Sunday and a big hug ,

  4. What a great post. This IS her life, right now, all these little moments. This will probably be one of those she remembers all her life. Simple time together with her mom. What a great gift you gave her, your time.
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

  5. This post is perfection in all the thoughts decisions and photos, thanks so much for taking time to share with us......

  6. Thank you! It is so hard for me to let go of my to-do list and I work to let it go because you are so right, we only have them for a short time. We will have tons of time to create anything we want and tackle the to-do list, but we only have them for a short time. Thanks for the reminder today!
    I would love it if you would be willing to share this at my Real Family Fun link party when it opens on Wednesday night at 8pm EST.
    Have a great week.

    1. Thank you so much for coming over and linking up! I appreciate it.
      Have a great night.

  7. You're a great mom! She will always remember the time you spent together.

  8. Stopping by from Titus2sdays. How cute is that!!! I know that this will be a picture in your memory forever. These are times we will never get back as moms. I think you have an artist on your hands (smile)

  9. Wonderful reminder, Nici, to cherish our kiddos and purposely make time for them! Thanks for your sweet words and picture of your beautiful garden. Love it!

  10. Nicci, this is the best post I've read in ages, a lot of the time it's just not so etching we realise we're doing. I think your picture is beautiful

  11. You are so VERY right Nici. I couldn't agree with you more. I'm guilty of not spending quality time with my own loved ones as well. Thanks for the sweet reminder of the things that are really important in life.


  12. We love Chalk ART!!!! Thank you for linking up in our Crafty Showcase last week.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Susie @Bowdabra

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