This has helped me to remember that washing that sinkful of dishes may not be as important as I've made it when my 4 year old son is asking me to stop and play matchbox cars with him or my little daughter is asking my to twirl her like a "princess, ballerina." I've come to realize that the dishes and housework will always be there but, my kids will very soon be grown and gone and I don't want to look back and say "I wish I would've made my time with them count more, and not focused so much on everything else." The time will come when they are off to college and I'm wishing that I could hear their yelling, giggling, and craziness just one more time.
Thinking of that not only brings tears to my eyes but, makes me not want to take a single second of these truly precious moments with my children for granted. Will I stop doing housework altogether? Of course not. But, I won't let it steal my time away from my little ones who are growing so quickly. I'd like to leave you with a quote from a book by Katrina Kennison (it is also quoted in Feminine Appeal)
Just when I figure out how to mother a kindergartner, it seems I have a first-grader
standing before me instead. I have just learned how to love and live with a nine-year-old when the nine-year old vanishes, leaving a preadolescent in his place. They don't stay still long enough
for me to have my fill of them ever, at any stage. "Stop!" I want to shout. "Let's let's just do it this way for awhile, let's stay right here." But, the movement is inexorable-up and out, away into the future.
-Katrina Kennison, Mitten Strings For God (p.217)