Parenting

Being Present in 2019

Presence

If you follow my daily shenanigans, my goal of being present more in 2019 may seem strange. I am around my family all the time, constantly taking photos, we go on little adventures pretty often and we just have a pleasant life. It’s such a blessing and a “sweet spot” in our lives.

I do struggle with just sitting back, relaxing and soaking things in, at least on a regular basis. I am no good at just relaxing. I always have something going on at home – whether it’s a DIY project, a craft for a first grade class, Bible class prep, organizing a closet, or just plain old housework. I have never been much of a reader because I (am not an intellectual!) tend to want to be doing something. Planning, making, doing. That leads to me having the kids play a board game in the den while I fold laundry next door, or they may be watching a movie while I am outside pulling weeds. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, especially since our children get along with each other so well. But I want to change. I want to do the labor as much as possible at other times, so I am available to be the fourth player in UNO or snuggle under a blanket during a movie. The housework still has to be done, and I get stir crazy if I’m not doing something creative, so I will have to get those things done at different times. This will require that I wake up earlier and spend my alone time being more productive so I can focus on my relationships with my children, husband and Creator.

So, with that being said, my aim is to just slow down and pay attention to others.

“you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14

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