#clearthestage / THIS is why I’m slowing my life down

It was well past 8:30pm when I walked in the door tonight. The majority of my evening was spent teaching a class at our office and I didn’t arrive home until it was just about time for our kids to go to bed.

I wasn’t prepared for what met me next.

As I sat down my purse, laptop, and the dinner I’ve yet to eat, these beautiful smiling faces looked up at me from the countertop.

How in the WORLD did they get so grown up???

Someone, please tell me how to slow time down.

Kayla turns 10 in just 2 days and Kylie will be 6 in a few weeks. It seems like they were born yesterday and it hit me hard seeing those school photos on the counter.

Everyone told me this would happen, but you just don’t get it until it happens to you.

In an instant, I was taken back to the younger me – the nervous new mom trying to figure all this crazy baby stuff out.

Who are those BABIES????? 

Wow. Our lives are so different now!! And I wouldn’t change a thing.

Actually. 

Yes.

Yes, I would change one thing:

I would slow ME down.

I would slow down enough to take more time focusing on what matters most – my faith, my family, and relationships.

Funny thing? The class I taught tonight at our office was based on that very topic – figuring out what matters most. God has such a sense of humor, right?

These kiddos won’t be around forever. The school photos on the countertop were exactly the reminder I needed tonight to slow down and enjoy them a little more than yesterday.

Oh, and these lovely signs left by my sister and Chloe helped me to laugh and not completely cry. (Don’t worry, the family quote is an inside joke about how my sister totally didn’t want me at youth camp – LONG STORY!!).

I don’t want to simply survive this season of motherhood, I want to embrace it with everything I am.

This is me – slowing down to #clearthestage of motherhood.  Time to be intentional in how I make choices and spend my time each and every day.

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