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Friday, October 22, 2010

a quiet moment...

I just wanted to take a step back and share something with you today. I know I am not alone when I say that I find my self not having enough time to do all the things I have to do, not to mention all the things I want to do. Some days I wake up a ball of stress just thinking of all the things I have to get done and where I am going to rush to at any given moment. From school to homework, soccer practice and dance for my girls....the list goes on. Every family has something similar and some days it is so hard to slow down and enjoy the little moments as we are rushing our children from place to place and trying to keep up with our every day responsibilities.

This morning my girls were listening to music in their room and playing a card game on the floor. I did stop and smile as I got myself ready...just to hear their giggles. However, that quickly changed as time didn't slow down and mom had to hurry them to brush their teeth, finish getting dressed and get their library books ready to go. Off to school we went, then I was off to a shoot with a wonderful family and my husband off to his busy day as well. A new day has started!

My session was amazing...refreshing and full of laughter. To have a job where you get to go outdoors, run around, laugh and be carefree and remember what it is like to be a child again is such a blessing. Not to mention all the wonderful families I get to spend time with! On my drive home I thought to myself...why do I have to feel so crazy...I do not remember my parents feeling rushed to get us here and there. Maybe they did, but I never knew. I do not want my children to look back and think, "wow, mom was always so rushed and busy...". I want them to know how much I loved them being where they are and that its ok to slow down and enjoy the smallest moments out of the day. That they do matter...more then others actually.
Then I saw it. Right there sitting on one of our pumpkins as I walked up to our front door. A perfectly calm Praying Mantis. I took out my camera, laid on our front porch to get in close (my neighbors probably think I am crazy! lol) and took a few pictures. She didn't move until the looked right at me for a moment and then back down again at the ground.

I knew there was some kind of "belief" or old wives tale about Praying Mantis and good luck, so I looked it up and this is what I found.
"The mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. Usually the mantis makes an appearance when we've flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us because of the external din we've created. An appearance from the mantis is a message to be still, go within, meditate, get quite and reach a place of calm."

Being a spiritual person who thinks so many things in our world have special connections beyond our understanding... I took this as a sign, coincidence or not. I needed this Praying Mantis this week...and there she was reminding me once again to slow down. I wanted to share a little bit of peace into your day and hope it helps you remember the dishes will be there tomorrow, the laundry too....and use this moment to go run outside with your kids, sing a song and dance all crazy. Those are the moments that matter the most!

(Or if you are like my husband always keeping me on my will think of my Praying Mantis and remind me that the females eat the males heads after they mate...instead of appreciating the moment for peace...but at least you will have a good laugh and that always works too! :) )

Enjoy your day!

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