Happy messes.....

I snapped the photo above last night just after my little girl finished doing
her homework at this spot in the kitchen.

For whatever reason, the black Chuck Taylor's, carelessly kick-off in the
midst of multiplication problems, reminded me of the lyrics of 
a song I had earlier in the day.....

"you're gonna miss this...you're gonna want this back,
you're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast"....

My 'little girl' has been growing up and spreading her wings
in new ways these day...in ways that make us proud and relieved
all at the same time.  I guess I would consider her my "late bloomer".

However, when kids stretch and grow, both literally and figuratively,
it can be hard on a momma......Normally, upon seeing shoes
under my dining room table I would call her back to collect them
and put them away.  Last night I took this photo of those shoes
to remind myself that one day those shoes won't be there and I will wish they were.

My mom had a piece of embroidery framed and hung in our home growing up
that said the following:

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow...
For babies to grow up, we've learned to our sorrow...
So quiet down cobwebs...
dust go to sleep....
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep!

I guess I finally got the message, thanks mom!

16 comments on "Happy messes....."
  1. Thanks for this. Tears!

  2. Amen sister...I was just thinking this yesterday when I was trying to get it ALL done...those babies won't be making messes soon, in fact they won't be at home much at all...I need to slow down...way down! thanks for this Jill!

  3. Oh you have got that right. I have one heading off to university next year and another not far behind. Well said jill.

  4. Too true, too true! As an about to be "empty nester", enjoy them while you can!


  5. Love that song... what a great picture and reminder that our babies don't keep. Love your blog!

  6. Your photo captures that poem perfectly!! I look at my son now and think on those things that are only memories now. He is 42!!
    Sigh! He has babies of his own and they will soon be having babies.
    The circle widens.

  7. Oh my...this brought tears. So true. Thank you for this sweet reminder and yes, growing up is hard on a mamma.

    Your kitchen is beautiful, by the way!

  8. What a great photo, the chuck's make it. They do grow up fast~ Really enjoyed visiting your blog.

  9. *sniff* Thank you for the reminder....Aidan gave me a hug the other day, and he seemed so big & solid it really made me pause. He is not that 'little kid' anymore. You blink and they have changed...

  10. This is so true! Enjoy them while they are there!

  11. Aww..you brought tears to my eyes. I would love to be a Momma & experience moments that take your breath away like that. New to your blog & following along now. Carrie

  12. Awww how I miss happy messes...hold it all close.

    Deb :)

  13. I'm sure your mom will appreciate your "ah-ha" moment!

    happy weekend!


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