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The Gift of Today

I’m home again.
And it feels good.
Feels good to be back to the routine that I was perhaps taking for granted.
Feels good to be wiping noses and changing diapers and playing trains.
So you can imagine my aha! moment when I was shown this beautiful clip early this morning.
For those who haven’t watched it yet, let Katrina’s message be the gift of your day:

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    April 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    As a mom of three boys, 7, 8 and 2months, I needed this today. Thanks Ashley.

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    April 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    that was a much needed cry!

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    April 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    A Mom of a beautiful 3 year son. Today was his first day of preschool, I am still crying… What a fitting message…thanks!

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    April 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Bawling. Thanks for sharing. I needed that reminder to cherish the little things with my two little boys!

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    April 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I love this!! Watched it a year or so ago and it inspired me to do my project 365! Thanks for the reminder Ashley!

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    April 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Aw!!! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the pattern on your background, nice!

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    April 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    don’t have kids, but can definitely appreciate this! how tender and well said.

    glad you had fun, and also am glad that you’re home–i’m sure your boys missed you as much as you missed them.


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    Sandy A
    April 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I watched and listened to this video with a very full heart and a tear or two dropping onto my cheek. Our children are long grown, moved far from us and we now have Grandchildren. The years of raising our family seem not that far in the past–but in truth they are. I was very lucky to have a Mom who reveled in the ordinary, yet fulfilling days of life raising a family and taking care of our Dad. She was a mother who made sure all of us girls knew that what we saw as a mundane and thankless “job” as a mother and wife was really the most joyous life you could be blessed with. She talked to us often about life’s happiness and what it truly is, and where you really find it. When I was young I thought being a mom and staying home doing all that housework was more of a prison. My mom didn’t go to work until I was in High School and my youngest sister was thirteen. She loved her job and the friends she made, yet when she came home she was the most happy. When I started having our children I was holding our second baby and our first was toddling around her kitchen. I must have had the biggest smile on my face because she asked what was making my happy. I told her “This.” She said this? I replied yes, this. This ordinary minute in my mother’s kitchen, our baby in my arms and our son playing with pots and pans! And then I thanked her for all the times she told us about being fulfilled and happy with the ordinary–even though then I didn’t believe her–but she was right and I was glad if I didn’t appreciate it then I heard her and I knew the importance now. I must have some of my Mom in me, because I really have gone through life loving the plain and ordinary, and day to day minutes that fill us even when we don’t realize that they are. It was so painful when our children grew up and started to leave home. I am so thankful I have all those memories and love of our ordinary life in my heart. Even though two of our children live far from us we talk and are lucky to visit often. We are lucky enough to have moved closer to one of our children and three of our grandchildren and this is such a blessing for us. Our life is so different now but I am so glad we have all those ordinary yet beautiful memories with us, and we are making those beautiful ordinary memories with our Grandchildren also. And–we have some pretty extraordinary memories too! I guess after all this I mean to say–Thank you for sharing the video–and I hope when people watch it they take it to heart. Appreciate and love the ordinary minutes in life–they are gone too soon and you never get them back. And they truly are the most precious and blessed of memories…

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    April 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    What a fantastic message. I’m logging off the computer now to go hug my two year old son tight and to search for catepillars to put in jars. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you!

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    Laura Smith
    April 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    This makes me so sad. I never want it to end.

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    April 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Watched this video this afternoon and went to the bus stop with puffy cry-eyes today. This makes me so sad, but I know I need to hear it. I’m getting lost in the Groundhog Day-ness of homework and people needing to go potty every hour. But the thought of them not being here, under this roof with me…that’s rough. I don’t want to take this for granted. Thanks for this horrible and wonderful reminder. : )

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    April 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I so needed to see this right now! As a mom of 3, ranging from almost 10 years old to 7 months old, I tend to forget how fast time flies. My oldest son is hitting that age of attitude, wanting to be alone, and be more independent. As proud as I am of what he is becoming, I still want him to climb in bed with me on the weekends, hold me hand and give me hugs – just because. I literally feel like I blinked, and he went from chunky, silly toddler to a handsome, well mannered big kid! So when I get frustrated with my 3 year old when she wants to do it herself, I need to stop and remember that I am going to miss this! Even just less than a month ago, my youngest could only roll one way. Suddenly he rolls from room to room and started army crawling yesterday! These days go by so fast, that us moms need reminders like this! Thank you for sharing such an inspirational video!

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    Cool Baby Gifts
    April 10, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Nice message. Thanks for sharing

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    April 11, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Wow! Choke, and gasp and sniffle. That is so good

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    April 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    This is an amazing video. I am expecting our first baby in October and have yet to experience the day by day ordinary, wonderful life of having a little one to cherish…I cannot wait. This video hit home that this is what my mother and my mother and law have recently experienced, I never once thought it would have been so hard for them. Now I understand as I grow this little one…how they must feel.
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Newish reader who loves, loves,loves your life stories and lessons

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