Thursday, July 30, 2009

In the Moment

Random Generator chose La Dolce Vita to receive the book.
Thank you to everyone who commented.

A couple of years ago, I had a long talk with a dear friend about how quickly our children were growing up. I admitted that I sometimes feel guilty because I allow myself to get so busy that I don't always feel like I am living in (and appreciating) the moment. Being a homeschooling mom of three little ones, she completely understood what I was talking about. We went on to talk about ways that we could be "present" for our children. A couple of days later, my friend graciously left a lovely package on my front porch. Inside was a book that soon became one of my favorites.

The book is called Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry. It is a collection of essays about finding joy in the simple things, slowing down and living in the moment, and finding peace in our everyday lives.

While unpacking a box in my basement, I found this book and immediately remembered how much I had appreciated it. I thought it would be fun to pass along my copy to another "busy Mom", who can read and enjoy it before passing it along to another Mom.

If you are interested in participating and would like the book next, leave me a comment about a way that you "live in the moment" with your family.

I will randomly select a comment on Wednesday, August 5.

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La Dolce Vita said...

Pick me. Pick me! :-)

Looks like a great book.

Alicia said...

I would love to read this book. This is something we should all remind ourselves of!

Basia said...

Tara I too have read the book and found it helpful. Thanks to your post, and as I just had a baby girl, I will be rereading my copy of this book. Good luck to the ladies entering this giveaway. (Please don't enter me as I have a copy).

Anonymous said...

How do I "live in the moment"? I don't worry about the dishes or laundry or the vacuuming and I take the time to be with my children. My husband doesn't always appreciate it, but my kids are growing up so quickly that I don't want to miss any of it! I think my kids appreciate the time I give them.

Betsy said...

Living in the moment for me means not basing my life on other people's expectations but on what I think is healthy and right. Maybe it sounds selfish, but if I'm not happy with myself, I'm not happy with anything around me. And that makes life a little harder on everyone around me!

If I win, after I read it I've got a whole list of folks I'd want to pass it on to, starting with my engineer sister, who's the mother of two angel lookalikes/demon actalikes!

Meg said...

I think this is so hard for every mother. I try to at least start out the day fully present. Even when the babies wake at 5am, and I haven't had my coffee yet. I take the time to talk to and cuddle with them as I get them out of their cribs and dressed for the day. Mornings are now my favorite time of day.

Steph said...

The days are so busy--sometimes we all need a reminder to slow down and enjoy every precious moment we have with our little ones. I'd love to read this book. Thanks!

Louisa said...

Ooh I'd love to read this book as it's something I trying to be really pro-active about. This may sound strange but I actually live in the moment best by planning the day ahead so I have things up my sleeve and am free to respond instinctively and purposefully as the day unfolds without getting unhelpfully distracted.

Tara Rison said...

Basia, Congrats! Enjoy your new little one.

Kara, Good for you. I am still working on being able to "let things go". Time with our children is absolutely more important than keeping the house immaculate.

Betsy, I totally get what you are saying. It is like the saying "If momma ain't happy, nobody's happy!"

Meg, I remember those early mornings with my little ones with fondness. Enjoy, the really do grow up too quick.

Louisa, I agree. Planning definitely helps me also.

Anonymous said...

I live in the moment by making sure my little one (and little one on the way) take a walk daily just to point out the little bits of creation at her level, the colors, smells and sounds we both love to share.
I'd love to read and pass along the book!

Katie said...

We were running running all the time this summer, so recently I've begun to mandate we go no where for one day of the week. We had such a relaxing fun time and played in the our sand table. It's been forgotten this summer.

La Dolce Vita said...

Yahoo! Thanks! I've never won a blog give-away!