And I realized all over again how fast time flies…


Life is short. Time flies. Enjoy the post below capturing a moment where I was reminded of this. And be sure to head on over to my Articles page to find more resources and reads to help you live fully, right where you’re at! 

And I realized all over again how fast time flies

Last Thursday, at our MOPS meeting, I sat next to a mom and her four-month-old daughter.

The baby was as sweet as ever–smiling, pulling on her bib, looking around the room with wide eyes.

When she started to get a little restless, I offered to take her and walk her around so the mom could relax and listen to the guest speaker.

It had been a while since I’d held a little one like that.

I’d forgotten how tiny hands and feet can be.

And I realized all over again how fast time flies…

It seems like just yesterday my eight-year-old and ten-year-old were babies, too.

I remember marveling at each new thing they did–their first smiles, their first words, their first steps.

I remember the nights I’d rock them to sleep, singing and praying, with tears in my eyes from the gratefulness I felt.

I remember feeling scared, too, hoping I’d be a good mom. There were questions and uncertainties and “what ifs” that I worried about. There were temper tantrums and sleepless nights and days I thought I’d never get a minute to myself.

When you have kids, everyone always tells you to enjoy each moment because time flies.

And even though it sounds cliche’, the more time that passes, the more I realize it’s true.

One minute you have a baby and the next minute, you’re getting ready to send her off to kindergarten. Or middle school. Or college.

So if you’re in that place of feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by the responsibilities of motherhood, if you’re exhausted from toddlers constantly tugging at your legs, or if you’re counting the days until your babies get older so they can be more self sufficient, be encouraged…

Kids grow up, and the demands for diaper changes and bottles and constant attention go away.

But so do the moments of holding them in your arms and rocking them to sleep,

of seeing them take their first steps,

of hearing them say, “Mama” for the first time.

So while you’re waiting for those little ones to get older, go hug them.

And rock them.

And take plenty of pictures and videos.

Savor every moment.

Because time does fly.

It really does.

What about you? If you have kids, what ages are they? Are you looking forward to them getting older or do you wish they wouldn’t grow up so fast?

6 Comments on And I realized all over again how fast time flies…

  1. Kellie
    February 16, 2012 at 9:41 am (6 years ago)

    I have been fortunate to have a broad age span of children- 27 down to 3.  Though I’ve seen several of them leave the nest for their own life adventures, it’s not something you “get used to” as a mom.   Sometimes it’s just hard to really pay attention to how fast they are growing up.  It does, literally, seem to happen overnight.  My 14-year-old son actually grew like 4″ in 5 months.  He is now nearly 2″ taller than me, and I’m not a short woman at 5’8″.  I look forward to all of them making their way in the world, but I certainly want to live in the moments of their lives while they are still my babes.

    • Genny Heikka
      February 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm (6 years ago)

      I always love what you share, Kellie… thank you! And 4″ in 5 months?! What did you feed that boy, lol!


  2. Barbie
    February 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm (6 years ago)

    What a beautiful post.  My little ones aren’t so little anymore.  My youngest is 8, and my oldest daughter, soon to be 21, will marry June!  My oldest son graduates high school this year as well.  I look back and wonder where the time went.  It sure does fly!

    • Genny Heikka
      February 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm (6 years ago)

      I think it’s neat you have that stretch of time between ages… you get to enjoy such different times in their lives! Congratulations to your oldest son on graduating this year – so great!


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