I think we all find ourselves in moments of our day where we wish we could stop time. Or take a mental picture that never fades. The parenting moments that make my heart skip a beat. The times it feels like we were plucked right out of a magazine ad. These are some of the best parts of my day:
Snuggling in bed with my kids, with fresh pjs and wet “just showered” hair. Often watching a kids cooking show and discussing what we’d make if we were on the show.
Tucking them in at night. Hearing the highs and lows of their day. What made them laugh? What made them feel silly? Did someone/something make them sad?
An extra special prayer. The moments that my kids remember a prayer request and pray on their own accord. For a neighbor, or a sick friend. Not just the “thank you for the day and my toys and cozy jammies” the ones that have an extra something to them.
Dance parties in the car. Music blasting and my eyes darting to the backseat to see my boys singing the words and throwing their hands up to the beat.
An unprompted, unexpected thank you. When Brooks comes and says, “thanks mom for the note in my lunch. It made me smile today.”
My kids laughing. Their real, head back, belly laugh. It can be the result of a tickle war or a joke that only the two of them understand. But I love those moments where they are just uncontrollably laughing. Absolute joy written all over their faces.
Yes, like all families we get the fighting or the “why isn’t he doing it, too?” But in between these moments, there are the highlights. The snapshots that I take hundreds of time each week. The ones that make me say, please time, slow down.