Sunday, March 22, 2009

Enjoying the Moment

"What can . . . young mother[s] [do] . . . to reduce the pressure [of raising young children] and enjoy [their families] more? . . . "Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction. "Author Anna Quindlen reminds us not to rush past the fleeting moments. She said: 'The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less' (Loud and Clear [1004], 10-11)."
M. Russell Ballard, "Daughters of God," Ensign, May 2008, 109
Topics: Adversity, Motherhood


Jen Gold said...

What a great message, this is something I really need to work on!
Love you guys!!

It's the Oakdens said...

Linds, Lily is adorable! Looking at her makes me want a baby... except that would not be the best thing for Jared and I right now BUT you look super happy!

Debbie said...

Lilly is soooo stinkin cute. I can't wait to see her next week in her suits and get to spend the week with her.She is growin up way to fast!