little moments

Just a little while ago, Scott and I were talking about our girls as we almost always are.  It can be easy to get overwhelmed by all that happens around us in our days—during the squealing, fighting, running, playing and being the referee, coach, teacher, and of course mama through it all.  I have been working really hard to take a step back every time an issue arises to make it a teaching moment in a gentle way.  It can be so easy just to bellow out a warning or send someone to a timeout, but no one is learning anything there.  In our conversation, Scott and I were talking about how important each little moment is.  The big picture is great, but every little moment leading up to it is so very important.  And if we treat every moment of their childhood as if it were the most important moment of their lives, that big picture will be beautiful.

Today, we played for a long time in our garden.
We weeded.
We played follow the leader.
We hugged.
We talked.
They made me a birthday cake out of sand (no, it’s not my birthday today, but it is in a few weeks and Chloe is really excited and busily preparing for it).
We danced.
We sang.
They picked me flowers and chives and I made necklaces for them out of their gifts to me.
We dug in the earth.
We enjoyed every moment.

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