Saturday, April 5, 2008

THE GREATEST JOB ON EARTH!

My sister, Leslie Lewis, sent me a quote she forwarded on from their Lewis Family Conference. It really struck me and inspired me to step back and reprioritize my efforts and possessions. It is hard to be a mother and trying to be a good one also is downright exhausting! But this time is so short and so rewarding! I couldn't keep it to myself so I'm sharing it with you... Thanks Leslie, you and Joseph are such wonderful examples!

"When considering how to spend your time, it might be good to ponder on this hard and immovable truth: In all of eternity, in the endless realms of time and space that we have and will yet exist, we only have one very short window of 20-30 years to be parents in mortality. We only have our children as little children in all of that time for just a few short years. That thought has whispered urgently to me pausing me, prompting me, empowering me to lay aside other pursuits for now and bask in the sunlight of my children's youth. It is a path through a place in time that I shall never be allowed to trod again and so I resolve to enjoy and celebrate every step I take."

And on that note, I am grateful today that I surrendered and put the chores aside and laughed with my children. We made crazy faces with scotch tape on each other, we were all laughing so hard we had tears streaming down our cheeks! I'll sure remember that a lot more than I would the clean counter (that would have just gotten messy again!).

7 comments:

Leslie said...

Perfect!

Geography said...

Have your heard the song by Trace Adkins "Your going to miss this". Listen to it. It is very true.

Jay and Camille said...

Lynne you have always been a shining example of a wonderful mother to me. When I have kids I hope to be as cool as you.

page2 said...

I've thought a lot about that quote too. In all of eternity they are only children once, and only for a few years. It's it a precious gift we are trusted with. When it is past it is gone forever. I need to stop and enjoy it more. I need to make a note to get out the scotch tape tomorrow!

Drew and Valarie's Family Blog said...

How the heck are you doing?! I need to call you one of these days just to chat,,, It's been FOREVER! I hope you are doing well!

Beth A said...

Lynne you are truley a wonderful mother. Thanks for sharing that with us. It applies to grandchildren as well. Next time I have the pleasure of having my grandkids over I will have to try the scotch tape. What a creative way to have fun.

The Kraus House said...

Wow love that quote! How are you guys, rach told me you were in rexburg, that you lived close to here. We will have to get together on of these days.
Take care.

nat