(Inside: How daily we’re reminded the best moments in life are free.)
My favorite moments from the previous week…
1. We moved and my parents road-tripped up. Their help was great, but I enjoyed their presence more. Transitions (even good transitions) can be hard for me; I liked that they were simply HERE for this big change.
2. My constantly-on-the-go middle son, who doesn’t need his mom to read to him anymore, took notice of his little brother and me paging through a book. He paused his kinetic energy and lingered as the words unfolded. Then, he sweetly snuggled next to me, rested his head on my shoulder, and listened to the end of the story. (Melt.)
3. My husband and I had a moment. It’d been a weary month full of uncertainty, stress, and change. We had just signed the papers to sell our old house and buy a new house and we exchanged a simple smile. It said: “We did it. We got through this turbulent month. We weren’t always at our best, but we got through. Together. Well done.”
When I take a moment to reflect.
To stop all the noise.
And the hamster wheel of busy.
With all of my heart, I see.
That my favorite moments aren’t usually the ones we pay for: going downtown to watch a Timberwolves game, a plane ride to the beach, a big gift under the Christmas tree…
Those moments are great, but the best moments.
The ones my heart cherishes the most.
Well, I’m reminded every single day of how the ordinary is full of sacred, spectacular moments that fill my heart all the way up.
The best moments in life really are free.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.