The Days Are Long but the Years Are Short

photo credit: design blossoms

photo credit: design blossoms

It was graduation weekend here this weekend. My older daughter had a few graduation parties to go to, and my Facebook feed was filled with graduation pictures.

This year, though, we were only involved in graduation on the edges.

In two years, though, that will be me -- the mom with tears in her eyes watching her daughter walk across the stage and journeying from childhood into adulthood.

Someone once told me when my kids were toddlers that the days are long but the years are short. And that is so true. I find myself sitting here thinking about all the things I still want to do with my daughters and all the things I still want to teach them.

It seems as if this year has been one of simply getting through. We've had a lot of changes, a few health issues and all the drama that goes along with having two teenage girls in the house.

But, today, as I sit here thinking about the two years I have left with my older daughter at home, I'm reminded that this life as a mom is about so much more than just "getting through." It's about teaching my girls all they need to know to thrive in this world and about pointing them toward the path God has for them.

When I started this blog so many years ago, my daughters were small. I thought I had all the time in the world to be intentional in my parenting. Today, I am reminded that being intentional is what it's all about. Choosing to make the most of the teachable moments and remind my girls that God's path is the best one is what my parenting should be all about.

So, today, fellow mommas, I want to encourage you to be intentional. Make the most of the moments. Use your time this summer wisely. Be intentional. Take every opportunity to point your kids in God's direction.

Because the days are long but the years are short.