// As I sit and stare out the window, the rain trickles down the window pane, and I pause to listen. Silence, sweet silence. I can hear the clock tick, I can hear the dog breathe. I can hear faint rustlings coming from down the hallway. Someone I love is waking.
And I pause to rest.
In the past months, life has been frantic. Packing and planning, sorting and selling. Moving a family across an ocean is a massive task with last-minute urgencies at every turn.
But then Mother’s Day arrived and my life turned upside down. My darling husband is the BEST LIAR (yes, there is such a thing) and he surprised me with a doozie. He and Raelynne (our oldest daughter who has been studying in Australia for almost 2½ years) conspired to surprise me with her un-announced arrival and a 3-week visit.
And they planned it for 2 months without telling me ANYTHING. She just ‘showed up’ at our table for Mother’s Day dinner!
Here is the Facebook video of the big surprise and my ugly Mom cry.
What a glorious surprise! What a perfect distraction to a busy mind that has been struggling to slow down.
“Mommyyyyyyy, spend time with meeeeeee.” (ahhhh, I’ve missed this…)
“Mommyyyyyyy, tuck me innnnnnnnn.” (seriously? You wanna be tucked in again?)
“Mommyyyyyyy, sing me a sooooonggggg.” (alright, alright, I get it…)
Some things never change… [cue giggles]
How deeply comforting to hear her voice in the house again, and the laughter of our beautiful kids as they play Wii together, or listen to music, or play with the dogs. (Josh, we’re seriously missing you.) //
Perhaps it wasn’t that they weren’t laughing before, but I was too distracted to enjoy it. Having Raelynne here has reminded me that
TIME TOGETHER IS A GIFT and we must enjoy it while we have it.
Can you relate?
- When was the last time you paused for a moment to smell the roses? Or play a game? Or cuddle before bedtime?
- When was the last time you paused to breathe deeply and thank God that you are alive for one more day?
My friends, I KNOW there is much to do, but life is short and you never know how much time you have left with your loved ones. I didn’t expect to be separated from my kids for so long. And I, for one, don’t want to waste any more time.
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is still called “Today” (Hebrews 3:13a NIV).
“Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
I choose to pause… and rest… and be fully present, today. (My todo list can wait a bit longer.)
Enjoy your Friday!
Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the prompt word was PAUSE.
Last week, the prompt word was SECRET, but I was too busy ‘pausing’ to write about it. 🙂 Thanks for patience with my sporadic writing schedule.
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