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I was reminded of a talk the other day that was given by M. Russell Ballard that speaks of motherhood and what a noble and honored role we play as mothers. In this talk he quoted Anna Quindlen, and I LOVE what she says, ... “The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. … I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” (Loud and Clear , 10–11).
Isn't that the truth? My boy is only 9 months old and I already feel like the time is passing me by. He is growing and getting bigger and doing fun things, but sometimes I just want to freeze time for a few days and just enjoy every moment... every story, every head raise while I am reading when he looks back into my face just to make eye contact and make sure I am really there. Every wave and cheesy toothy smile. It is magical and precious and I HOPE I will live in the moment more and appreciate every emotion... even the frustration of the whines. I will. I can't help it, I am head over heels in LOVE!