Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's Only a Season

One of my favorite phrases has become "it's only a season".

Lela wakes up all night.  It's only a season.  Someday she'll sleep.


Neely whines or pouts about something.  It's only a season.


I get to the end of the day & feel at my wit's end.  It's only a season.  Things will get better.

"It's only a season" was the phrase that was getting me through the hard times.  The knowledge that I could get through hard times & another season would be coming.

And then I have a day like today.  A wonderful, perfect day full of sweet babies, wonderful friends & lots of laughter.

And then I get it.  It's only a season.


Our babies won't be babies forever and our sweet toddlers will grow up.  And it makes me sad.


I know that the next season in life will be just as wonderful, but it makes me know I have to slow down to enjoy the season through the good and the not so good.  I can't rush away this season because too many good things come with it.

No matter what the season brings, I am thankful for the friends that I have to share this season with.

24 comments:

Miss Texan said...

SO true! I had never thought about it that way until my college roommate explained to me why she loves the phrase "This too shall pass"- she said "It helps you remember that there will never be another moment exactly like the one you're in, and it should be cherished, good or bad."

Thanks for the reminder today!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

This post is SO full of truth!!!! Love it. Thanks for the reminders. My 2 girls are 3 and 4.5 and it is SO, SO, SO hard most days. Worth it, but so hard. Thanks for the encouragement!

His Doorkeeper said...

Amanda, great post and full of truths no matter what your age or your children's age!

Blessings!

Ashley said...

Great post! I'm so glad you're back! : ) I love seeing pictures of your precious girls!

Pinot after Playdates said...

what a great attitude! my son just turned his bookbag upside down with his lunch inside that has a sandwich I carved into a ghost and gave iced eyes too at 10 til 6 this morning, and Im sure it wont make it out the door in tact, much less to lunch....it's only a season :)

How "Sweet" it is... said...

Oh Amanda, I so know how you feel!! I think I've said this everyday for the last 3 years :). I don't know how you do it, but you always look perfect, have everything together, and are such a wonderful mother...you are doing such a great job!!

Kelly said...

I want us to all be friends 12 years from now and I want our kids to still be best friends and I want us to still all sit around a table and talk about what to do with teenagers. So thankful for our wonderful group of friends

Maryellen said...

Great post and great reminder.
So thankful seasons change and God has more then we can imagine in the seasons to come.. .

Teach said...

I'm 39 years old and my "babies" are 15 and 13. Everyone tells you they grow up so fast, but it's hard to believe! I've enjoyed every phase because my dad always told me to enjoy it... they will be grown before you know it. Now I tell my children that... enjoy your first year in high school or junior high. You'll never get it back!

Melissa said...

I'm was just reflecting yesterday how wonderful life was when my children were "babies". I felt like I had so much more time and now my days are flying by and my "to do" list is longer when I go to bed than when I got up. I need a mommy battery pack or 48 hours. I wish there was a "pause" button that I could put everyone on pause and get all the chores done and still be able to come back and play games and do fun things with my kiddos. But again, it's only a season so we'll go camping, play games, and make a mess in the kitchen because before too long, I'll be helping them pack and move off to college or to their first home. My "babies" are 7,9, 11, & 14 so I choose to cherish the time I have with them because time is something you can never get back. As much as everyone always says that kids grow up too fast, it's often hard to realize that while you're int he midst of that season.

Ashley said...

Came over to see your blog from Kelly's. I'm going through lots of morning sickness being pregnant with our first baby, and this post was a great reminder that this is only a season, and will pass as well. Thank you!

Nancy said...

Came over from Kelly's blog :)
What a precious & true post!!

Angela said...

I just found your blog through Kelly's Korner. I love the "It's Only a Season". How true!!! And someday we'll miss our crying whiny kids and we'll wish that they were still home with us and that we could cuddle them and make them another snack (for them to throw on the floor). :)

Amy said...

So so true! I'm popping over from Kelly's blog, and I love reading blogs from mommas who are in the same "season of life". I tell ya, I rely on my MOPS friends all.the.time. since they're going through many of the same things I am.

Joanna B said...

I just found you through Kelly's Korner. What a great blog you have! This was a great post, and a reminder that I needed very much today. Thanks for writing this!

Jami said...

I just found your blog through Kelly's Korner! I too have been thinking about this a lot lately. I have to remind myself it's not always going to be this hard, or this precious everyday. Great Post!

Mommato2miracles said...

Thanks so much for this. I am in that "It's only a season stage" too. I have a 5yr old, 3yr old and five week old. Life is crazy, and I needed these encouraging words today. Thank you and God bless!!!

Mix and Match Mama said...

You're just adorable! And you are soooooo right! It is only a season...a short season...that we will one day really miss.

Katie said...

came over from Kelly's page as well and I needed this today! Thank you!

jennibell said...

That's exactly why I named my blog "Jenni's Seasons". . .there are so many seasons for us to experience and enjoy (or just plain get through) and I want to record them and remember them. I truthfully can say "I don't miss x,y,z" because I did intentionally enjoy it at the time. I love those *perfect* days -- makes it all worthwhile, doesn't it?

seven is enough said...

Just Yesterday.


by Judy Murphy Oshinski on Monday, May 31, 2010 at 10:25pm
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Just Yesterday I held my first born for the first time, and I began my life long dream of motherhood.



Just yesterday my mornings were shared with Mr. Rogers and a purple dinosaur singing " I love you".I remember thinking to myself that when the time came and I could watch Oprah by myelf, that I would remember those earlier days and be sad they were gone. I do, and I am.



Just yesterday my months were filled with planning for the next holiday. I remember saving milk cartons to decorate as easter baskets, shopping for 5 halloween outfits, and being overwhelmed with the long "Dear Santa" letters.I looked forward to the time when things would be easier.Boy was I wrong. Those were the best of times.



Just Yesterday I shared "First" with all of my babies.First smile, first day of school,etc. Those days were filled with many new milestones and memories. If I had only remembered then to slow down and relax, and enjoy each day a little longer, and not rush them to the next phase of their lives.Now those firsts have turned into last times.



Just Yesterday I held my 5th child for the first time. I remember thinking to myself ."This may be your last baby, so enjoy". It was and I did.



Just Yesterday I went with my first child to her college orientation and I remember thinking, "Only four more to go" .I wish I had not looked so forward to the others leaving the nest too.



Just Yesterday I went with my fourth child to her college orientation. I savored every minute alone with her, happy that I had one more reason to be with her as her mom, and very happy that I had one more baby not ready to to go yet !



Just Yesterday I stared into my first grandchild's eyes and I remember wishing her birth was under different circumstances. I also remember thinking how much more I loved my daughter for loving her first born as I had her. Life does have a way of repeating itself, and I am so glad I have been given the chance to share in that cycle.



Just Yesterday I watched my "baby" graduate from High school. I remember thinking how fast he grew up , and wishing once again that I had not rushed him to grow up too. I savored once again the time I had to celebrate the young man he had become, and prayed that I had many more years to "Grow" with him.



To all of you that are still marking your calendars with "First"..and sharing your days with Mr. Rogers and that purple dinosaur..Remember that my yesterdays are your tomorrows, and very soon your yesterdays too!!

You are so right...take this from someone that knows.. Insert sad face here...


judyoshinski@yahoo.com

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Melanie Mueller said...

Hi! Love this post. I find myself always saying, "It is the season I am in." I have three boys ages 8,5 and 2. They keep me so busy but so full of joy!! The time does go too fast! Love those perfect days where we can relish the exact season we are in!!

Bridget said...

Well, believe it or not, I came across your blog by googling "tree toppers"!!! And i kept reading...and thinking, I am miserably, utterly inadequate as a mother and wife compared to you! Seriously- I've browsed tons of blogs, and of course fb will send you in a spiral of depression (seems like everyone's 'so' wonderful...'soooo' on top of it all!) and here you are-this amazing mom...all these beautiful pictures! I read earlier that you'd cried about not having thought of dinner and it kept getting later and later...I cannot TELL you how many times I've done that! But this entry- ok here goes - I bawled my eyes out, because it's so true! I have a 16 year old and a 5 year old- daily I look at them and I'm reminded how fast time flies! Oh how I wish I'd have taken more pictures of my older daughter when she was smaller...those moments are definitely so priceless! You will be so glad you have these pictures. Your girls are so beautiful, and you are a beautiful mom- you are the kind of mom, moms out there can only DREAM to be!! You are doing a terrific job, and if every once in a while you forget supper - oh my gosh, let me put it this way....my husband would DIE if that's all he had to deal with from me! Lol I've just learned to ask myself- have I done the best I could? Was my heart in the right place? A year (or even a week) from now, will this be a big deal (I prob won't even remember it!) if I did my best, then I just take a deep breath- and let it go. We are our own worst critic! And with the kids, with life....it's only a season. Beautifully said, and though I don't know you- I will definitely remember that!