Friday, July 22, 2011

A Sense of Nostalgia

Last night we had my two little nephews over to spend the night. It was such a busy day running the regular errands, cleaning house, dental appointments and preparing to leave town for a family reunion.  My husband wasn't sure I could accomplish all I needed to with two extra little ones.  But, I did! (smiles)

While putting the kids to bed last night I had the blessing of rocking my youngest nephew, one year old, to sleep.  It has been so long since I have done that.  My youngest is eight now.  It was such a precious time.  Watching his eyes grow heavy and holding his sweet chubby little hand.  I loved it.  It took me back to the times of rocking my four children.  Oh how I miss it.  I realized, though yes I already knew, how quickly they grow up.

I realized something else while I was rocking my nephew.  That precious time of carrying around a sweet infant, feeding them, singing to them, all those wonderful things we do with our little ones, that isn't the only time we need to cherish.  I looked over at my two boys and realized this was a time to cherish.

I will always have wonderful memories of my children as babies.  But I will also have wonderful memories of them as children, preteens and teenagers.  As I watched my eleven year old son rub my nephew's back to keep him asleep after I laid him down, I will cherish that memory of his gentle heart with the baby.  As I watch my thirteen year old daughter laying on the deck with her ipod in soaking up the sun, I will cherish that memory of her relaxing in nature.

Our children grow up so very fast.  We need to cherish every single moment.  This weekend I want to encourage you to take your child, or if you do not yet have children take a niece or nephew, out for a special day.  Maybe it is only a walk in the park.  But do something special.  Make a memory of your child at this age, whether they are two or twenty.  Connect with your child in a special way and tuck that memory away in your heart.

Have a blessed weekend my friends.

Sweet Blessings~




  1. Fantastic reminder Jenifer. They grow up so fast, and yet every moment of that growth is a gift from God, and too precious to go unnoticed.

    Have a Blessed Weekend!

  2. Mine are 6, 4, and 1. Sometimes I want to pull my hair out, but I know that these are special times as they all will be. :) I love my girls... even when they are in their room fussing like they are now lol

  3. This was perfect for me today! I just told my husband that I love the years 0-12 months, then after that it's questionable! I truly needed to hear your sweet words today. Thank you!

  4. Great reminder to cherish every moment with our children. If we don't cherish those moment and build relationships when they are young, we won't have anything to cherish when they are older. The best gift we can give our children is our time.

  5. I'm so guilty every day of thinking to myself "I loved the small years they couldn't talk back they were completley reliant on me to do everything for them but then they grow up and LOVE testing mommy but every day there's something to cherish with my two kids, when Abbie sits next to me on the couch lays her head on my shoulder and holds my hand, when shayne comes up for a hug just because he can...thank you for this post, this was for me today!

  6. Hi Jenifer - great reminder to spend time with our kids. Mine are 16 and 18 and always socializing. I'm going to see what time I can get with them this weekend and make a memory
    Have a great weekend
    God bless

  7. Great reminder!! My girls are still little, and I am making an effort to fully live in each day instead of wishing them away :)

  8. I loved this post! I was just thinking about all the memories we're making here in Florida and I am cherishing the time in the pool laughing and playing together. I am so grateful for the pictures that will trigger all of these sweet memories forever! Happy weekend :)

  9. Hi Jenifer,
    What a very sweet post and it is all so true, girl. They grow up so fast. I now have grandchildren that I cherish every moment with. I was so blessed to have spent five days with them, they were as good as gold! And at nine and ten years of age that is saying something. They had one little tiff, she did something to him that embarrassed him in front of his friends, so he did something back and back & forth it went. They told me about it after the fact and I decided that I would ask them to think about what they did, talk about it, talk about what they would do different next time and apologize to each other and I went and took a shower. When I came out they were talking about it and they had it all worked out. I could not punish them, I only had five days with them! But I knew I had to do something because there were some very hurt feelings there. I think God gave me the wisdom to do what I did and I'm ever so glad.
    Sorry this is so long, but you are right, we need to cherish every moment, no matter the age.
    Hugs, Cindy


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