Motivation Mondays: Smelling Roses

I had a beautiful, relaxing weekend. I don’t get a chance to say that very often because life this way is usually pretty hectic. We took a nice drive down  the beautiful countryside to spend some time with Mama Clark (My husband’s lovely mom). It’s only a 4 hour drive, but with 6 young kids the trip down there and back has always been somewhat of an adventure, not necessarily in a “happy” way.  I’ve seen the inside of more Walmarts off the main highway (for potty breaks) than I’d care to mention and the “Are we almost there yets?” make me want to to dig my fingernails into the dashboard  after about the 12th  time. But not this time. Things were different. We only stopped once for a quick drive-thru meal. And, I think I only heard one, “How many more hours?”.  I kept looking back thinking, “Are these MY kids?”.

Surprisingly, I felt a little saddened by the shift. Our kids are growing up. No more car seats, only a few boosters. My oldest is learning to drive and my youngest no longer reaches for my hand in the grocery store. My girls are almost as tall as I am and starting to talk about boys a little bit. ACK!!! It’s funny how when the kids are young and everything is a whirlwind, you keep wondering when the season will end. Then the new season comes and deep down inside you secretly long for the first season to return (Except for the sleep deprivation. NEVER!).

My youngest crawled into our bed this morning because he couldn’t sleep. He snuggled up next to me, put his hand on my shoulder and was out like a light. I just watched him, smelling one of my roses and taking in the beauty of the moment.

If we’re always rushing toward the finale, we miss all the wonderful acts in between.

Take the time. It will be over before you know it.

Have a great week!

Keep doin’ what you love!



  • amy mayen says:

    That’s a sweet post! I can never be reminded often enough to slow down and enjoy little things. My daughter is home from school for a broken arm and I’m trying to make it the best one armed week ever. She’s been telling me all her little secrets about school, boys (she’s only 8!!!) and life- I’m loving it!

    • Shannon_CC says:

      Oh, that’s awesome, Amy! (Not the broken arm, of course) I hope you have a fantastic time with your little one. I’ve been thinking about what I can get into with my daughters today myself. With a house full of boys, we try to find an escape whenever we can. Ha!

  • Susan Yates says:

    Ooh! I love the thought of each of my kids as roses. They always (okay, almost always) smell yummy to me.

    • Shannon_CC says:

      Ha! Ha! Too funny, Susan. Depending on the day, and how long my boys have been playing outside, I’d probably caution the literal smelling of the “roses”.

  • Jacqueline Mukweto says:

    This first time I read this post I was in bed and reading it on my phone. Right as I got to the end my son walks in the room with his batman blanket I made him last year and said, ” I just wanna lay down by you, your warm mommy “. Yes he slept by me all night and what a precious moment that was. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and enjoy.

  • louise says:

    reading this brought tears to my eyes. I don’t want that day when my kiddo doesn’t want to hold my hand to come!!!! 🙂

    • Shannon_CC says:

      Awwh, bringing tears to your eyes brought tears to mine. It’s all bitter sweet. We want them to grow and thrive, but we’re never really ready for them to let go. (Such a strange feeling)

  • Priscilla McKnight-Randle says:

    very well said – and I found that once I slowed down (taking a break from school to be present), I began to enjoy my little ones again.

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