Savoring Each Phase

• 10 May 2010



































After hearing more than a handful of seasoned mothers share drama-filled teenage tales, I've decided to never wish away my children's youth. Yes, young kids are taxing, and yes, they are an incredible amount of work, but they are also the sweetest they will probably ever be! I am trying to savor this time, despite it's difficulties, by documenting a few things that have meant a lot to me.

Last year my sweet son constantly gave me flowers, leaves, or little trinkets he found. I never, ever tired of hearing, "Here Mommy...this is for you". Oh, how my heart melted. I decided to start taking pictures of these little gifts as soon as he gave them to me. Most of the images I have are blurry, and taken with my phone (a little too closely I am realizing now). But, they are the sweetest record I have of this wonderful stage. Who knows if he'll ever say those words to me again? I made an 8 x 10 collage of the images and then printed out a few copies for memory's sake (basically like I did here for art).

What things are you doing to document the sweet moments with your children?

15 comments:

The Good Report said...

oh my that is so sweet.

- Tracy said...

Steph that is the best Idea! Reading that just made my day. thanks for sharing.

the emily said...

I LOVE that idea. I have had an amazing collection of leaves, blades of grass, and dandelions brought to me by my sweet boy. I may have to copy you--I never get tired of it either.

Annie said...

What a great idea and reminder. Thanks for the sweet perspective this morning.

kalanicut said...

This is such a great idea. I always feel like I'm not treasuring those little gifts enough. Now I have a way to do that and it will be fun to show her when she's older all the little things she gifted.

Andrea said...

How sweet!

country girl said...

That is beautiful.
You are a wonderful mother and inspiration.

Stephanie said...

Country Girl: I don't know about the wonderful mother part, but I'm trying to at least preserve what could end up being his sweetest stage! Believe me, I have much room for improvement :)

Marilou said...

You will continue to have those "sweet moments" as your kids grow. I had one of those sweet moments with my 18 year old son yesterday and so will you!

Joslyn said...

what a brilliant idea steph. and i agree...i try with every ounce of my being to relish in this stage with my girlies and not wish any of the good stuff away...no matter how hard it seems at times.

Heather said...

What a great idea...my kids give me little gifts like these too. Thanks for sharing!

dandee said...

i adore this idea, steph.

Mel said...

I have a friend who has a large glass vase that she throws all of her treasures in. She has three boys so it is getting quite full.

Joyful Imperfection said...

one of the sweetest posts i have read on your blog, not because of your sweet little man, but your willingness to stop and appreciate his little heart. thanks.

Kirsten Sue said...

That is adorable. I try and scrapbook but of course I am so behind.

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