You’ve no idea what I have to do.
Busy, busy, shockingly busy
Much, much too busy for you.”
Have you ever heard the veggie tales guys singing that. I heard one of my children singing it simply because it was in their head. Our local Christian radio station does kid’s programming on Saturday morning and that was one of the songs that had played. It is taken from the veggie tales interpretation of the Good Samaritan. It got me thinking about a few things.
First, I can relate, I am busy, quite frankly I don’t think I have ever met a Mom who didn’t feel busy. Whether you are balancing home and career or your like me at home trying to balance school, home and homestead, life is busy. My list always seems longer than what is humanly possible to accomplish in one day.
“Much, much too busy for you.”
Awful, isn’t it. Can you hear yourself saying it? Oh, I don’t say it like that, it sounds more like, ‘Not right now honey, I’m busy.’ Or, perhaps, ‘In a few minutes sweetie.’ I have to confess more then a few minutes pass before I find them and on more occasions then I’d care to admit to, a little one will come again and ask and I have to apologize because I totally forgot in my ‘busyness.’
This is not how I want my children to remember their Momma, always too busy. I do not want to look back on their all to brief childhood and think I was to busy to make the time. Some of the things I try and do to make sure I am not telling them I am too busy is;
~Include them in my work.
~We don’t have our kids in a whole bunch of activities and sports instead we spend that time together learning new things. Some families have made sports work for them by getting involved so it becomes very much a family activity instead of just an activity for the child.
~Scheduling special times during the day, I am all for spontaneity and it does happen around here, but we also have set times for things like read alouds where we curl up with books and read together.
~We look for ways to do things together, when Joel was going through treatment it was not unusual for all 8 of us to go up together whenever possible. It was wonderful for Joel to have the love and support of his family.
~I work on blog posts when I know the children are all in bed or are busy with something else and won’t need me. I would love to post daily but when days go by and I haven’t posted anything it is usually because life has been very busy.
I try hard to keep from being to busy to laugh with them, play with them, read to them, pray with them and listen to them. I know that time marches on and I only have one chance at each day I can’t get those days back. The dust can wait, it will always be there tomorrow and yet one day all too soon my little ones will be grown up.
Of course, I know there are times when we must tell our children to wait, it is my hope that at the end of the day I hear; thanks for listening to me, I can’t wait to hear what happens next in that book, it was so much fun when we…
In the busyness of the day to day how do you make time for your loved ones??