Wednesday, January 16, 2013

the choice

sweater: Gap, shirt: Target, jeans: Nordstrom Rack, shoes: Ross, purse: Nine West

You know how sometimes you go through a phase where you get caught up in all the "what ifs" and "whens" and "hows " of the future? And your feathers are ruffled a little too easily, and you might snap at your husband a little more quickly than you'd like and kinda sometimes seem to forget that you are actually on the same team. And you're a little too distracted to really fully devote yourself to even 10 minutes of pretending to be a Transformer. And you feel that all of your past plans for the future don't align as closely with your present as you'd once hoped. And with all that fretting and perseverating you begin to dig yourself into an ugly little hole.

Then, during a quiet moment, your little boy rests his head against your shoulder, slips his hand into yours and says "lets hold hands because we are best friends".

And something about that simple moment grabs your angry little soul's shoulders and shakes it until it remembers that it's all going to be okay, and that all that worry and frustration will never do a thing for you except produce more worry and frustration. And that everything that matters most is already right where it should be, all you need to do is open your eyes to see it.  So you choose.  You choose to grab that little hand, squeeze it tight, and turn your face toward all the good and the beauty and the love that does indeed surround you right at this very moment and, as it turns out, has been there the whole time.

You know? 


  1. Yes, I totally know. I totally get this! Some days are like that...and then you realize that things are good and life is good and you get on with it.

  2. aww, what a sweet boy. it really is all about perspective--but it's hard! love your jeans & booties.

  3. oh my gosh..i love that! just precious. sometimes we need a little helper to remind us what's important. and if he's the fruit of anything you're doing in your life, you can believe you're doing something right :)

  4. I just saw a quote recently that applies: While we are busy teaching our kids all about life, they are busy teaching us what life is all about.

  5. Wow, what a great reminder Christine! I need to hold a certain little hand and choose to be in the moment more often!!
    ♥ Kyna

  6. Omg! I know! What a great post!

    And love your outfit!

  7. Aww, I love the moments my little boy sits next to me that way. He use to want to cuddle all the time but then he became a busy 2 year old. So the moments when he climbs next to me to cuddle are treasured. I often find myself stressing about trying to save for a house and giving him and our little girl the best life I can. Then I look up at how happy they are playing in their shared room together and realize they dont notice we dont live in a big place yet. They have everything they need right now, they have a happy home.


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