When the crazies are out in force…
When there has been too many commitments and to many things to get done…
When the kids are cranky and you are tired and stressed…
When things seem far from ‘peace on earth and goodwill to all’…
Then, then you need to stop and take a breath.
There will be many more Christmases to make the perfect crafted gift.
There will be time to write that awesome blog post or accept that fabulous offer another day.
One day there will be a fabulous new kitchen and time to cook fancy meals without a crying toddler at your feet.
One day my floors will be clean and my beds made.
There will time to be alone and read and run and draw in the future.
I need to stop living in the future and wishing my days away.
I don’t need to do it all and have it all right now.
Right now I need to make crazy faces at my kids till they roll their eyes at me and tell me they love me.
Right now I need to lay next to my girl in bed and listen to the rain on the roof, long after bed time.
Right now I need to clean out the paddling pool and make whirl pools till my legs ache.
Right now I need to lay in the hammock, squashed under the jumbled mass of four other sets of arms and legs.
Right now I need to play Wii dance with insane abandon.
Right now I need to get muddy and messy and plant seeds that may never grow.
Right now I need to stop for a moment…
Just breathe in all the wonderfulness that is my family, my home and my life.
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Christie-Childhood 101 says
It was lovely to read this as I lie in bed unable to make crafts, clean my ancient kitchen or wrap presents. This Christmas will come and go and we will still all enjoy it!
Hope you are back up to speed really soon…but you are so right, this Christmas will come and go and it may not be the way you planned it, but you’ll find ways to enjoy it anyway.
Whenever I get all ‘must make Christmas perfect’ I remember my girls’ first Christmas which they spent in hospital, one of them still in an isolate unable to breath on her own. I thought that would be the worst Christmas ever, but it turned out to be one of my best!
Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots says
I needed this reminder, I have been stressing about all the things I have still to do and how little time I have left, but it is much important to just stop and be
Ai Sakura says
Always important to just stop, smile the flowers, and enjoy the moment :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Ai @ Sakura Haruka
Love this Kate. I need the reminder too, been running on empty lately. Time to slow down and enjoy the moment. xox
A perfect reminder. Beautiful.
Thank you so much :)
A wonderful post and much needed reminder to relax :)
Cathy Turner says
Great message at the right time when the parents are often just as cranky, tired and stressed as the kids. Loved you “right now” section and your reply comment that the best Christmas can come out of difficult times – so true.
Just beautiful. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses to you
Melissa Taylor (@ImaginationSoup) says
I am right there with you, and wish you a relaxing break with your family!