And I realized all over again how fast time flies…

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I’m excited to be speaking at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) today and talking about The Dreaming Mom – Soaring to New Heights. It’ll be great to spend the morning with so many moms!

(And since I’ll be at a MOPS meeting, I thought I’d put up one of my old posts from when I used to be a mentor mom coordinator)…

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?