For me as a mother I am full of those little moments with my girls. As a wife its the small gestures and notes and sweet cards my hubby has given me. Like the time we were dating and he left a love note and a big bag of gummy bears on my dashboard when I was at work. I remember those things~
I always say I'm not that high maintenance and don't require huge acts, just a bunch of little ones!
I'd rather have daisies picked alongside a road then storebought expensive roses. I like the romance, card and thoughtfulness of small acts of kindness and love. My girls are full of those little acts and it makes being a mother so rewarding. Of course there are plenty of days where I'm exhuasted, frustrated and completely drained feeling so unappreciated. (Don't always go by feelings!)
My little Adah gives me thousands of kisses a day. Thousands of "I love you's" and dozens of hugs an hour. I don't forget a single one. My Petra gives me tender touches on the hand, and so many sweet smiles. Our eyes meet and she gives me that sweet smile of hers. It melts me. She is so tender and sweet and we connect. Hailey is growing up and that inbe"TWEEN" stage is full of interesting moments! (For both of us) its definitely a learning stage for me. She needs that affection still even when she may not act like she does. If she comes running up and sits on me, lands on me with her long legs and big feet like an overgrown child then that is her "hint" (I need a hug) She is learning who she is, what she likes and how to control her feelings and emotions. Hard. Showing me an outfit she picked out (that could quite possibly be very strange) and my urge to say something is wrong with the corny german shepherd socks pared with a capri pant and top and biting my tongue-well those are some little moments I'll always remember. I praise her for her hard work at piano. The moments I hear the girls practicing a play upstairs. Hailey choreographing rediculous dance numbers to perform for us on rainy days. Those little moments will never leave my memory. The way I feel when I see them all getting along running around the yard together. Adah sitting way too high up in a tree and me smiling and praising her for climbing so well instead of freaking out and telling her to get down. Her beaming pride at being a "big girl". To take the time out and enjoy the little moments takes effort sometimes in the crazy pace of life. I feel blessed that I can stay home with my girls. I know that our pace of life has changed since moving to this rural area and I love it. We have all changed. We are closer -and at the same time more in eachothers face! Thousands of little moments sewn together making a happy family.
I cherish those little moments.
The girls earn stamps or stickers for their instrament practicing. When they get 15 stamps they get a special dessert date with Mama. I love those dates! Its our time just one on one. Its SO worth it. Especially as Hailey is older and needs that attention. Petra just beams and soaks up every moment. She is a true romantic. She love the atmosphere and music, noticing the littlest details. Enjoying browsing the menu and smiling at me putting her napkin on her lap. Us 2 are so alike its scary! I truly enjoy being with her. Hailey mostly cares about having my attention and the food. She isn't as concerned with the details or the atmosphere as much as being able to talk and she feels special that she is not having to compete for conversation! As they grow up before my eyes I try to savor every moment. Guilty feelings sometimes that I let some time slip by without cherishing it. Time I can't get back. Its going so fast! I pray that I can live up to the task of raising teenage girls! Woah.
We enjoyed a wonderful mother's day. My hubby is so thoughtful and got up before everyone else to go get cards and flowers and chocolates for me and my mom. Sweet. He's been so busy at work he didn't have time until then! We enjoyed a delicious Italian lunch and a sunshiny relaxing day.
I am not used to sitting around doing nothing....but thats exactly what I did!
Here are a few pics from the past month or so...
Petra and my date on a beautiful sunny spring evening, (loving my new photoshop actions "sunflares and sunbursts) I made her wrap dress last year from jersey knit and stretch lace. She LOVES it! Calls it her "Audrey Rose" dress.
Adah modelling for me a dress for my shop:
Dropping off Hailey at work at the stables, takes my breath away. So happy for her that she gets to learn farming, and work with horses in such a beautiful setting!
Hailey the cat lady :)
she got some air!