The value of a moment

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Sometimes you don’t know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
~Dr. Seuss

Wow. Talk about a huge FAIL. Carol challenged me to a 3 Quote Challenge back in November. I got one in on Nov. 22 and then………oops. So, here is my second quote post. In my defense, I did mention I probably wouldn’t post consecutive days. 🙂

These two shots capture why I drive everyone insane taking photos. Entrepreneur rolls his eyes and others drag their feet when I mention “family photo time.” But let them gripe and complain. I think it’s important to capture as much as possible as often as possible. Most of those complaining are under the age of 35, so they haven’t hit that time in their life when looking back is just as important as looking ahead.

Precious memories. That’s what looking back provides. And that’s all they are now….memories. So often, we’re so caught up in life’s stresses and interruptions that we fail to really take in those fleeting moments. Photos capture those times when we, perhaps, were too busy to notice or care.

It’s only when your children are grown and gone that photos from their childhood take on a newfound importance.

It’s only when your spouse is no longer with you that those photos become cherished memories of a life together.

It’s only when you’ve had to say goodbye to those that now wait at the Rainbow Bridge that you realize how special those muddy paws were on your clean floor.

No, we rarely realize the value of a moment until it’s past and all that remains is a memory.

So, as we all enter the holiday season…get those cameras ready!

And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix, the one you’ll know by.

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And you, of the tender years can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
~Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Teach Your Children

Twix monitoredTwix is TWO! It just doesn’t seem possible that just two short years ago she made her debut….right before a winter storm blanketed the area with seven inches of snow. Three weeks early, she gave us all a bit of a scare but to look at her now, you’d never know she had a bit of a rough start.

And now….now she’s perpetual motion and a non-stop talker! And, I’m not so sure she won’t surpass her sister in resourcefulness and intelligence. Noooooo, I’m not partial in any way. 🙂 And, I fully realize every grandparent believes their grandbabykins to be precocious. We have two pocket rockets and they show no signs of slowing down.

I think I’ve got this grandparent thing down pretty well. It does help when you’re immersed in the role 24/7 because they’re under roof. I felt fortunate when Peanut lived with us for the first two years of her life. Now, I feel doubly blessed to have the same bond with Twix. When she tugs on my hand and says, “C’mon Nana,” my heart melts. I never experienced that closeness with my grandparents…they were those old people we visited a couple times a year. I never really had the chance to become what I consider “close.” Fortunately, our children have had many opportunities to get to know their grandparents. As a grandparent now, I understand the emotions and feelings that go along with that title.

Ours is an unconventional arrangement, and Entrepreneur and I have yet to experience much of an empty nest. Life’s circumstances have brought our children back home for various reasons. We’re fortunate to have had the means to help their circumstances and provide stability in their lives, and have enjoyed many unexpected blessings in return. The Investigator’s current situation will be changing in the foreseeable future and we’ll all, once again, be adjusting.

But back to two-year-old Twix. Her discoveries, vocabulary and abilities amaze me on a weekly basis. And we are definitely in the throws of the “terrible twos” where redirection can cause emotional eruptions of epic proportions. “Me do it” is a common mantra, and she definitely has a little, mischievous sense of humor. But for all the challenges that come with being two, Twix is a joy to be around.

Helping raise this second generation has been an emotional roller coaster. I’m sure, at times, Peanut and Twix think they have too many parents. We’re blessed to be allowed to watch, first hand, these precious grandchildren discover, learn and grow. And I’m not sure I would trade this experience for all the empty nest perks in the world.

Today, as we celebrate Twix’s birthday, we listen to her run around the house chanting “happy birthday,” and are reminded how unpredictable life is….and how “failed” plans can turn out to be the biggest of blessings.

Happy Birth Day Twix!

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Kindergarten milestone

Yesterday I shared a photo of Peanut’s first day of kindergarten. The day began wonderfully with Peanut getting up and dressed all by herself! Breakfast was eaten, hair was brushed, teeth were brushed (no small accomplishment), lunch packed and we still had time for photos…which I’ll share in a moment.

This morning, Peanut decides she already knows everything there is to learn in kindergarten and she doesn’t need to go back.

{Sigh} It might be a long semester.

But the first day was very exciting. Here are a few shots to share with you all of the milestone morning.

First, I want to share the *then and now* shot of Mama and Peanut, side by side.

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And now, here’s a recap of our memorable morning.

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The walk of anticipation.
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Her very own backpack hook is discovered with great approval.
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One last hug.
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I feel very blessed to have been a part of such a milestone. It brought back so many memories of my own kidlets’ first day of school…memories that exist primarily in my mind’s album since actual photos are a bit lacking. But thanks to today’s technology and digital cameras, capturing these special moments and sharing them is so much easier that it was twenty-some years ago!

 

June collage

HA! July 1st and my June collage is finished! I know most of you thought it wouldn’t happen until September, but here it is….

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Texture by Kim Klassen: 0411 50% screen

 There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.
~Celia Thaxter

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I'll tickle your toes

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Texture by Kim Klassen: Cherish at 100% soft light

I’ll tickle your toes. I’ll check for monsters. 
I’ll show you the stars and teach you how to reach for them.
~Unknown

Peanut and Twix’s big brother from Alabama has been here for a couple of weeks and we’ve been busy making memories while he’s in middle Missouri. He’s getting to know his new baby sister and reconnecting with his other little sister. There’s almost 5 years in between each one of them and it really drives home the fact that time does indeed fly. Blink and they are no longer babies but emerging tweens!

And it also drives home the importance of *presence*. Almost anyone can have a child and become a parent in the biological sense. But parenting is more than biology. Parenting is presence. It’s being there to tickle their toes; to check for those monsters under the beds; to calm the nightmares at 3am; to kiss away the scraped knees; to teach them how to play fairly. It’s helping them discover their talents and encouraging them to stretch those abilities so they can grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

Being present means providing security and stability in this uncertain world; to know that you’ll be there for them when they need you most. It’s not just enjoying the good times. It’s showing them how to handle disappointments and challenges; how to not become self-absorbed; how to put others above their own wants; how to love unconditionally.

The Investigator is exposed to the worst in parenting in her job with Children’s Services. Every day she sees children who struggle with finding the security and stability…and sometimes safety….needed in order to flourish. These examples are most definitely the extreme and the rest of us shouldn’t think we have a pass when evaluating ourselves. How present are we with the children entrusted into our care? Are we interacting and teaching or letting a constant supply of television, computer, iPads and video games raise our kids for us?

How well are we showing them the stars and teaching them how to reach for them?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist and Life Through the Lens
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I’ll tickle your toes

toes72
Texture by Kim Klassen: Cherish at 100% soft light

I’ll tickle your toes. I’ll check for monsters.
I’ll show you the stars and teach you how to reach for them.
~Unknown

Peanut and Twix’s big brother from Alabama has been here for a couple of weeks and we’ve been busy making memories while he’s in middle Missouri. He’s getting to know his new baby sister and reconnecting with his other little sister. There’s almost 5 years in between each one of them and it really drives home the fact that time does indeed fly. Blink and they are no longer babies but emerging tweens!

And it also drives home the importance of *presence*. Almost anyone can have a child and become a parent in the biological sense. But parenting is more than biology. Parenting is presence. It’s being there to tickle their toes; to check for those monsters under the beds; to calm the nightmares at 3am; to kiss away the scraped knees; to teach them how to play fairly. It’s helping them discover their talents and encouraging them to stretch those abilities so they can grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

Being present means providing security and stability in this uncertain world; to know that you’ll be there for them when they need you most. It’s not just enjoying the good times. It’s showing them how to handle disappointments and challenges; how to not become self-absorbed; how to put others above their own wants; how to love unconditionally.

The Investigator is exposed to the worst in parenting in her job with Children’s Services. Every day she sees children who struggle with finding the security and stability…and sometimes safety….needed in order to flourish. These examples are most definitely the extreme and the rest of us shouldn’t think we have a pass when evaluating ourselves. How present are we with the children entrusted into our care? Are we interacting and teaching or letting a constant supply of television, computer, iPads and video games raise our kids for us?

How well are we showing them the stars and teaching them how to reach for them?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist and Life Through the Lens
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