Tuesday, June 25, 2013

slowing down


Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I've ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing.... Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.

Ann Voskamp



(morning snuggles with my little man)



I have been loving some Ann Voskamp lately. I’ve always loved her, but it really doesn’t matter how many times I read, or re-read her book, each time I find new points in it that just speak straight to my soul. Its so so good. And so needed.

I think that sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life we get so caught up in documenting and doing that we forget the being part. Which is so important. My morning routine is a perfect example. I wake up, hop in the shower, rush to get ready and throw on my scrubs. I go into Landon’s room wake him up, feed him breakfast, change his clothes, and walk out the door. Rarely is there a minute to play or rest or snuggle, we are focused on getting out the door to begin our day. Let me just say, I am so thankful that I am in a job that allows me to be here in the mornings with Landon and to do the whole drop off routine. But am I really here if we are just rushing to get there?

Last Thursday we miraculously got ready with about 15 minutes to spare. But I didn’t even realize it until I was already backing down the driveway. I got to the end of the driveway, glanced at the clock and only then realized it wasn’t time to leave yet. So I pulled back in the garage, unloaded Landon, and we headed straight for the couch to watch a few minutes of cartoons and snuggle…and it was pure heaven. Why, WHY don’t I do this every morning with him?

I can’t say that I’m going to somehow overnight become the mom that wakes up two hours before work. I’m not a morning person. I haven’t been a morning person in 26 years and don’t really see that changing. :) But I do think there’s something to be said for not constantly being in a hurry. Not missing out. Not missing now.

That, I can work on.

Baby steps, people.


  1. I am so with you on this entire post. Every single word. Baby steps :)

    Also, loving the navy coloring of the blog design!

  2. I could have written this, too. Except I work an hour away from home so I am often rushing out to get to work early so I can get home and play with my little guy. But on days when he wakes up a little earlier, I sit him next to me in bed and we watch sprout for a few minutes and cuddle together. I love those moments!


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