Taking A Step Back...

Many of you may have noticed that I simply haven't been around as much since having baby #3. This past year has thrown me constant reminders that everyday is not guaranteed and I need to cherish every moment. This past week has been no different. I feel like I need to sit here and write this as a reminder for us all to take a step back.

I have been blogging for 3 1/2 years and am completely guilty of telling my kids to hold on a second while I finish a post. No more. Kids are only young for a short amount of time and I am cherishing every moment that God has given us. I am still here to document our life and to bring product reviews and giveaways, but I am only going to be on if my kids are busy doing something else or are napping.

This past week a close family friend lost her battle with cancer and it has left me feeling raw. While I haven't blogged it, my mom(who was diagnosed with cancer last year) has had several scares that have had us all on our toes. Praise God that this morning she had another doctor appointment where she was told everything is looking great at this moment.

I joined a birth board when I found out that I was pregnant with Kallie Jane and a mom on that board(Jennifer) had her beautiful baby boy a few weeks after I did. She had complications with her tubal, then found out she had pneumonia. She went into the hospital and it just kept getting worse-they simply didn't know exactly what was wrong. Yesterday she lost her fight and it has shaken me to the core. She doesn't live that far from me and she has three small children just as I do. It has given me the ultimate reminder that I need to be sure to take a step back sometimes and not feel guilty about it.

I am making a promise to:
-Praise God for all of our blessings and allowing me to have another day with my family
-Pick my battles
-Give lots of hugs and kisses
-Constantly say "I love you"
-Take more time to play with my babies
-Actually "do" all of those things that we've been putting off
-Not to sweat the small stuff
-Take a step back and put more time and effort into things that really matter


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24 comments:

Melissa + Tiffany @ Home Grown Families said...

I am so sorry to hear of all you have been going through. It is so important to remember that the stuff the matters in life really isn't stuff at all. kiss your kids and be grateful for another day. Hope you had a great Mother's Day!

MNMSpecial said...

I'm sorry you've lost several friends recently. Praise the Lord for your mother's recent news. I've had a real blog disappearance since having my fourth. I realized I need to take care of myself and my kids. It can be hard to not feel guilty sometimes about not finishing a post, but I applaud your decision to prioritize the way you have.

Trisha said...

I'm glad your mom is doing ok! So, so sorry for the losses you have endured. My husband lost his 5 year old cousin to cancer last month and that's when I realized I really needed to take a step back.

Beautiful photo btw! Happy belated Mother's Day =)

Amanda T said...

I am so sorry for all the loss and battles. I often take several breaks from Blogging - Not only for myself, but to spend more time with family. I lost my grandpa last year to Cancer, and I watched him battle through it every day.

He was given 3 months, and lived almost 9 - I thank God still for those extra months.

So I agree, take the time you have now, and cherish it.

Kelley @ Kelley's Passion for Nutrition said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. (Thoughts and prays). Thank you for sharing this post! I know I put off some of the more important things in life and you reminded me today to regroup! Thank you.

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

tragic situations always put things into perfect perspective. thanks for the reminder to focus on what matters.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

This is exactly the kind of thing that prompted me to be a MiracleMom. And as for you, I think it's nothing short of wonderful that you have your priorities where they ought to be.

Pink Little Cake said...

I am sorry to hear about your friend. Blogging can get in our way sometimes, since I had my baby I have also taken a step back and post as I can, putting our families and children on top of our to dos is the right thing.

Jenny said...

I'm sorry it's been such a tough time for you. I think it's great for you to slow down and take more time with the children. It's so easy to get off track in what really matters in life. We've all been guilty of that.

amy2blessings said...

Sorry for your hard times.
I love your hard in the picture:)

amy2blessings said...

Oops I meant hat,lol

alissa apel said...

I know how you feel with your family needing you more. Just post when you can. Everyone should understand that.

http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, and glad to hear your Mom is doing well right now. Life can sure throw us some curve balls. You are right family and the precious time we have with those we love is the most important thing. Love the newspaper hat (way cool)!

Anastasia said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. I too feel like I really need to 'downsize' my blog, focus on what's important, especially now that I have a part-time job out of the home and it will take a good chunk of time. Looks like it will dwindle down to two blog posts per week for me and I'm so fine with it :) Glad your mom is doing well and is here with you this Mothers Day, I am so thankful for my mother as well!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

It's all about perspective, right?

I'm glad to hear things are okay with your mom and I'm sorry for all of the tough times.

Mimi B said...

It sounds like it's been overwhelming lately. Not blogging is completely understandable. I can see that you have your priorities lined up perfectly with God at the head of the list. Blessings to you and your sweet family. May the Lord be your comfort!

Christina said...

I am so sorry for everything you are going through. I completely understand where you are coming from and have done a bit of the same myself lately. The past 7 months have been awful for my family. My dad passed away very unexpectedly and I have been so lost ever since. Then we lost our dog & cat a few months apart (which was really hard on the kids on top of losing their papa). Then my mom has had a lot of health issues lately. Just last month my aunt was diagnosed with terminal cancer and we have another family member who just had a biopsy so we are awaiting those results. It all really makes you focus on what is important and what isn't. Makes you treasure each and every day. ((((hugs to you and your family))))

tannawings said...

I am happy to hear of your Mom getting better!
Losing a friend is never easy, but it sure will put things into perspective- family time, small things and to keep in mind that our time is fleeting.

Terra H. said...

You have a wonderful blog and I enjoy reading it. But you have to do what's right for you and if it means taking a step back from being so devoted to your blog, I fully support that decision.

Erika said...

Good for you, Dee. I struggle with this too. I don't think most people have any idea how much time and hard work is put into our blogs and sometimes it's good to step back and check on our perspective.
I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend and your online mommy friend too. ((HUGS)) And what a blessing your mom had a good checkup!

Idaho Jill said...

This is such a good reminder for all of us. So sorry for your loss, Dee.

Terri said...

Dee, how sad to hear about your losses. I can understand your need to take time to realize how fast life goes by, how quickly our precious children grow, to count our blessings from God, to appreciate each and every day.
Thanks so much for this important reminder!
Oh, I love your very fashionable "newspaper" hat! :-)

Jenna said...

So sorry to hear of the losses in your life. I fully respect and agree with your decision to take a step back. Since losing a close family member in September, and having our third baby in November...I've also done the same when it comes to blogging. Life is just too short, and I want to put the important things first! Good for you!

Jan Messali said...

Your list is great. We should all focus more on our families and less on the 'stuff' in life. Good for you. :)

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