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Hey Self, These are the Good Days

These are the days that you will look back upon and remember. These days of hand-written signs with all the words spelled phonetically inviting you to an after-dinner dance performance. When your library basket is brimming full of picture books and just a few books for yourself to read in the evenings, chapter by chapter before bed.

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These days when you have done three amazing things before breakfast, after getting up with your baby a few times during the night. You’ve sat and watched the sun rise while you cuddled your baby and drank your coffee hot before the demands of the day call to you.

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These are the days when you and your husband high five over small victories and smile over seeing your children reach an accomplishment. These days of saying no to more outside activities so you can yes to more family days and slow weekend breakfasts and long drives by the water. These days when you go through more coffee then ever before and yet order decaf if it’s after 3 because you also need to sleep at night. These are good, good days. Even those days when everyone cries and there are tantrums and words and it’s all a mess. There are apologies and forgiveness and fresh mercies tomorrow.

These are the days of date night ins, of Friday night pizza and movie night, and porridge for breakfast. Of letting the dishes pile up in the sink while you homeschool and feed the baby and send the girls outside. Of painting pictures and telling the girls that they each have their own magic and that’s what makes their pictures unique and beautiful.

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It’s the same for you.

These exhausting, beautiful days when you have to choose between reading stories and sweeping floors, between doing the dishes and soothing the baby.

These days of letting the sweet old lady before you at the checkout peek in at your sleeping baby, knowing that she is not that far from the end of her life and he is just beginning his story.

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You are savouring the moments. You are seeing the extraordinary in your everyday. You know you will remember Β these days.

These days when sometimes you have no idea what you did or what you accomplished. You’re deep in your race of motherhood, it’s not a sprint-its more like an ironman. You’re accomplishing far more then any check mark on a list can convey. You’re building a lifetime of stories, starting with today. Because even if you don’t feel like you did anything, you did more then you know and today was a really good day.

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  • Krista March 18, 2016, 5:26 pm

    This is beautiful, dear friend. Although I’m not a mother, I identify with this so much, the letting go, the saying no here so you can say yes there, the embracing of this moment in all its madness and beauty. xo

    • thisvintagemoment March 18, 2016, 8:49 pm

      “the embracing of this moment in all its madness and beauty” I’m so glad it did resonate with you because truly we’re all in this together, seizing the beauty. XO

  • Caleigh Casson March 18, 2016, 8:47 pm

    I loved this so much! I know exactly where you are at most days….because I’m there too. Thank you for putting this all into words and reminding me and everybody else that even though the days are long and hard sometimes, they are still GOOD. Love you!

    • thisvintagemoment March 18, 2016, 8:50 pm

      You’re so welcome, I needed to put it in words for myself. These are such good, hard days. So glad we can do it together! Love you too!

  • AmandaQ March 22, 2016, 4:48 pm

    Hugs to you. Well-expressed thoughts. I love the comment about the old lady at the check-out! So true. Some of my favourite memories are of interacting with the elderly in connection to Evelyn. The lady at church who passed away recently who always loved a good cuddle when I would plunk Evelyn onto her lap in her wheelchair; I ignored the mental cries of “that’s gross!” as she would playfully gnaw on Evelyn’s hands to make her laugh. The old guy who watched me whisk a hollering Evelyn out of the service during prayer this past week and said without whispering, “You’re doing just fine.” All the old ladies who smile at me when I have Evelyn in her carrier and say, “That’s wonderful! We didn’t have those when my kids were young!” Fond memories. I need to write them down. πŸ™‚

    • thisvintagemoment March 24, 2016, 2:35 pm

      Aw, I love those memories so much. There’s something so poignant about the elderly and the very young. They often make me stop and realize just how very good life is, right now, and they’re often so encouraging.

  • Alison Mosher November 8, 2016, 6:33 pm

    This is so true.. And yet sometimes as a young mom hard to hear because you are so deep in the busiest days of your life..but looking from this end, you are choosing to focus on the best things and I am so proud of you.. πŸ™‚ So glad someone can put it into words so well..:-) you do a fantastic job! πŸ™‚

    • thisvintagemoment November 8, 2016, 9:38 pm

      Thank you very much. Keeping the end in mind helps with perspective and then sometimes the day just needs to end. πŸ˜‰

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