So, I was surprised when the rest of the Trio arrived and started saying things like, "Oh my gosh, this looks amazing!" "You've totally outdone yourself!" Huh? I took some pasta and tossed it with some pesto, chicken and veggies. As we ate and visited I realized that this dish actually is special. It starts with something basic, pasta and pesto, and then is made special by the abundance of small things added to it. Sweet red peppers, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus...small things combining into something delicious.
Find the recipe for Chicken Pesto Pasta here.
This is kind of like our lives as mothers. Our everyday moments can feel less than fabulous at times. Driving carpool, doing laundry, helping with homework, negotiating with stubborn toddlers and surviving sleepless nights with newborns. Not exactly the stuff that dreams are made of.
What is humbling is to realize that sprinkled amidst those ordinary days filled with not so extraordinary moments are the small things that make our lives abundant, full and colorful.
Since becoming a mom I have this gut wrenching pain every time I hear of something horrible happening to a child. A car accident, cancer, abuse, any kind of tragedy and my heart breaks. I ache because I know that child has a mother who would give anything to be back in the world of everyday moments. To be giving a bath, serving up dinner or driving to school. To be playing referee as siblings squabble or wondering how to respond to a teenagers latest antics. To be living the "dream."
Small moments become big when we realize they are numbered. Considering that my oldest is now a teenager it is becoming glaringly obvious that these days of parenting are, in fact, numbered. However, I am by no means gifted at cherishing every moment of motherhood.
My children have definitely been given the gift of knowing that their mom is only human. I loose my cool, my patience and my spunk for motherhood more often than I'd care to admit.
I've accepted this about myself so I take a deep breath, say a prayer and vow to enjoy the small moments a little more...tomorrow.
I am inspired by other moms who find ways to embrace the journey of motherhood, even for brief moments. I think most of us can relate to the fact that every moment isn't magical, but also acknowledge that we don't want the entire journey to pass us by without soaking up some of the sweetness.
Check out this fun blog entry, and the completely adorable website, Under the Sycamore, about getting in front of the camera and catching some of those everyday moments with your kids. While those things we do daily for our children can start to feel monotonous, when captured on film they will become nostalgic. Check out a few attempts with my camera's self-timer below...
years to create something beautiful and colorful and satisfying...and that realization makes me feel abundantly full.
The Simplicity Buff
A Sweet Finish
How do you try to embrace the everyday moments of motherhood?