Living in the Moment

My daughter just turned sweet 16 this past March. She has been driving us around with her permit now for a few months and, by the grace of God, we are still alive as she has still gets the gas and brake pedals confused.  We’re starting to look at colleges, majors and planning her future out in the world on her own.  How did this creep up me so fast???  She is beautiful inside and out and I am so incredibly proud to be her mom.

My youngest just turned 13, what?!?!  How did this happen so quickly.  It seems like just yesterday I was rocking him and watching that sweet face with white blonde hair as he slept in my arms.  Thing is…I love this boy.  He is absolutely the funniest kid I’ve ever met.  He always has me laughing.  The hilarious things that come out of his mouth blow me away every time.  He brings so much fun and joy to all our lives.  I couldn’t imagine life without this sweet kid!

Through the realization that because I am now the mom of two teenagers, my time is more and more limited with them at home, God has been teaching me to live for today; to enjoy each and every moment.

“How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:14

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34

So, what does living in the moment look like for me?  Taking my son surfing every chance we get, singing at the top of my lungs in the car with my daughter and her friends, dancing in the kitchen with my daughter every time one of our favorite songs come on, jumping off a cliff in Hawaii with my family, chasing and spraying each other with a water hose in the backyard, jumping and flipping on trampolines with my kids, doing mud runs together, and ,always, always eating dinner together every night as a family.

In this crazy, fast paced world, it seems to be a requirement to fit in twice as many tasks as we could ever possibly complete.  This leaves us moving from one thing to the next focusing on just getting all our “stuff” done and at times even has us focused on 2 or 3 tasks ahead.  Because of this we are not enjoying the moment.  We are not living for today.

Too many times in our lives we forget to take in those little moment; to stop and smell the roses.  We seem to only concern ourselves with the big moments. While big moments in our lives are certainly special, we must still remember that what will matter in the future will be the memories we make for ourselves today.  Do the little things. Don’t rush it. It’s the little things that make up a big life.

Danica 16 baby and nowTrey - Baby to 13


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