Welcome to Bigger Picture Moments, a place where we step back and take in life. There are moments where we’re so caught up in it all, the hectic, mind-boggling pace of the day. but here we encourage you to take a moment and view the Bigger Picture. Whatever that means to you. A moment where you recognized the role your faith plays in your every day life. A moment where you take note of motherhood and the importance of what you are doing. A moment that made you stop and breathe in the bigness of it all -- the hugeness that is life and all the small moments adding up to one Bigger Picture.
We hope you’ll join us! Take a few moments, think about your week, and pour however little or much onto a page. Then share. Tell us your moment. Link up, grab our button, and share your Bigger Picture Moment. And while you’re at it, share the love and check out at least one other participant’s moment, too! Melissa will be hosting next week, so keep an open mind and heart throughout the week and come back to participate again or for the first time! All are welcome!
I sat down at the computer recently to sift through the photo files, searching through a year's worth of moments. Swimming, swinging, sleeping, smiling -- my children's faces peeked out at me, showing a plain ascension of growth. Small to bigger. Young to older. One whole year of activities and daily happenings, recorded and saved, hidden, in my computer's files.
Time flies. It sneaks. It dresses up in normal days and passes itself off as a slow wanderer, when in fact, it's a speeding bullet.
And all the while, I've kept on working, doing my job, and wanting to do every part of it well. Making dinner from scratch and with detailed recipes. Cleaning the house while the girls played. Running errands and marking events on my calendar. Making our home a comfortable, romantic place for my husband to live. Writing and reading in every spare moment. Going to bed too late with the busyness of living. I've been present through everything but still it seems like time got lost in the living, and in the meanwhile....
The pictures told a story of life unfolding. Pigtails grew into a long, elegant ponytail. Chubby cheeks grew lean and rosy. A worried mama started trying to do everything to perfection and grew stressed and distant.
The truth is that that woman is not me. I'm not good at planning our lives to the best of efficiency and smooth operation. I love cooking, but not when I start thinking every meal has to be perfectly balanced and beautiful. It makes me happy to know my house is clean, but not when it means my daughters hear I'm busy to any playful request. I truly enjoy writing and meeting new friends in the blog world, but not when it means I'm exhausted every morning from staying up too late the night before.
I want to waltz through my days, not skitter. The moments I want my kids to remember are those when I threw the dishrag down defiantly, and screamed in laughter while chasing squealing children through the house, tickling them upon impact. When I'm old, I want to laugh at the silly games we played instead of the well-ordered home I ran. My life -- my marriage -- my family -- will be the most important thing I've nurtured, and that nurturing doesn't include perfect meals, 5 nights a week.
That's not what my life is about.
It's about being happy in the middle of it all. It's about accepting that I'm not the most organized housekeeper, no matter how many wonderfully helpful blogs or articles I read on the subject. It's about learning to be more present with my kids, and with my husband. With God. With myself.
So I'm going to stop typing now, and go chase my kids instead. I'm going to tickle them until their laughter morphs into wicked hiccups. I'm going to snuggle with my husband tonight, for hours on end.
I'm going to live, right now....not as soon as the dishes are done.
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