I struggled narrowing down a picture of the little man to post for this week's photo challenge for I Heart Faces. I'll have to admit, I got a little choked up looking back through his first few days.
There were some great pictures - but not enough. I would have loved to spend more time with the camera doing photo sessions with him back then, but man - when you are in the throngs of newborn-daze, you are blessed to just be showered and fed... much less able to spend time clicking pictures.
I can remember months that went by with me relying solely on my iPhone camera. Tsk!
Shame on me.
Not long ago, I made a little book of the baby's first year - and it was sad that most of the better shots are from more recently - since life has "slowed down" a bit.
I laugh today at that statement.
Life really isn't slowing down. I'm just realizing, one missed deadline at a time, that there are things that must be let go. Maybe life was slower back "then" because "they" figured that out, too?
There are important things. And there's everything else.
What are your important things - the things you always try to fit in to each and every day?
1. Spending time in the Word, whispering prayers as I go about my day, thanking Him for each flicker of a blessing (because we all know they are hidden amongst the craziness of daily life at home)...
2. Nourishment of body and soul. Relationships cherished. Full bellies. Nursed babies, happy-helping tweens learning to bake and cook and feed a family along side mama. Trying my hand at economic shopping and keeping a menu. Holding hands.
3. Clean house, happy daddy. He loves a clean house. Laundry always in a moving dance from hamper to drawer and back again. Watching God help us keep order in the chaos - impossible feat.
4. Rest and REFRESH. Slowing down to hug and hold, kiss and smile, smell the flowers... enjoy the fleeting moments. Carving a little ME time out to bless mama. Trying to get in bed at a decent hour so that the next day can be fresh.
5. Creating and connecting. Reading, learning, drawing, cooking, making, discussing, sharing our talents and lives together.
You'll notice that blogging isn't on the list. After five years this month of blogging, I can honestly say that my heart knew it needed to step a notch down so that it wasn't always in those top 5. Some lessons are learned the hard way... at the expense of a lot of "shoulda-coulda-woulda's".
Simplified times call for simple lists. Is there something you need to push down a few numbers?
What are your top 5?