Jan 27, 2013

Appreciate Life

As a mother of young children its easy to get weighed down in the constant busyness, in the repetition of everyday tasks. I know for the last few years I have always felt endlessly busy. I craved some down-time, some rest time and I have quite often caught myself resenting those household chores and everyday tasks that us mothers have to do just to keep our households functioning smoothly.

Until yesterday. 

Yesterday I learned that a friend of mine has been diagnosed with cancer. Our children are the same age. 

This devastating news shook my heart and instantly gave me a different perspective. Although I am praying for and believing that she will fight and beat it, I know her and her family will have a difficult few months ahead as she undergoes treatment. Instantly I thought about everything I take for granted. My health and the ability to look after and care for my family is a gift. Just having the ability to complete those mundane household chores is a gift. A gift we too often take for granted. I thought about this as I swept the floor yesterday..

I definitely don't love sweeping the floor, but what if I couldn't?

Just the thought of that alternative makes me well up. 

Being able to care for my family is something I love and I have definitely been taking my ability to do this for granted. Today I did those little mundane tasks and chores with a lighter and much more thankful heart. I spent time with my children just soaking in the awareness of how much of a gift they are, and how these precious times are way too easily taken for granted. Yes taking care of a family is hard work and a huge responsibility, but what a precious responsibility and gift it is.


  1. Thinking and praying for your friend and her family. Life is precious!
    Colleen at sugar aunts

  2. So true. Love remembering that even responsibility is a gift.

  3. Thank you for stopping by Aanika!
    And gosh I couldn't agree more. I pray sometimes to realize the value of the present so I can love in the moment.
    We are never guaranteed tomorrow!

  4. This is very inspiring and a great reminder! Thanks for posting! I’m a new follower of your blog from the Monday Mingle Blog Hop! Would love if you could stop by mine. Thanks :0)

    The Three Whiskateers

  5. Incredible reflection. I'm a new follower from Mom's Monday Mingle.

    Mommy's Firsts

  6. I am so sorry to hear that. Great reminder to be thankful for what you have.

  7. thanks for the reminder. praying for your friend

  8. Thanks so much for this reminder of how fleeting life is, needed the spirit check! Your blog is super sweet too momma.:)


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