… from more important work, they ARE the most important work” – C.S. Lewis
Recently my friend Anna of In Honor of Design posted a photo of her sweet little ones on Instagram and shared this quote, which really struck a chord with me. That Lewis was one wise man, eh?
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This summer has been a good one. It was the first time I made a bucket list and set out to make it an intentional, fun and memorable summer. Does that mean we were happily eating popsicles in the backyard, growing our own vegetables and playing nicely with each other so Mommy could get some work done during the day?
No. Definitely not. While we did actually achieve most of our bucket list and had some amazing days, there were also many frustrating days. Days when Naomi (now almost 3.5) just wouldn’t cooperate. Or she would follow me around until I lost my mind. Or the day I had to ban iPads because I couldn’t stand that Minecraft creep on YouTube anymore. If you live with an 8 year old boy, you know what I’m talking about.
But guess what? In the middle of our planting-fingerpainting-sweatybiking-impromptupicnic-stickypopsicle messes is where life really happened. Even though I am exhausted at the end of each day, I am a happy mama. I feel so blessed that I don’t have to drive off to work in the morning only to see my kids late in the evening. So grateful that I am home at 2:30pm when Neil comes from school and finds it necessary to hit the doorbell 20 times. Every. Single. Day. If you’re a mom that works outside of home, please know that this isn’t about comparison. I respect you and your choices greatly, and the fact that everyone has a completely different family dynamic.
Yes, Mr Lewis… my children ARE my most important work. Everything else is merely a distraction.
Some shots from our #shahsummer2014bucketlist hashtag on Instagram…