Friday, February 6, 2009

I am taking my kids to the park today.

"What can . . . young mother[s] [do] . . . to reduce the pressure [of raising young children] and enjoy [their families] more? . . . "Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction. "Author Anna Quindlen reminds us not to rush past the fleeting moments. She said: 'The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.'"

M. Russell Ballard


Emily said...

This is a great quote!! Thanks. I had just read it on a blog I read before yours and decided to put it on my blog too. Thanks for repeating Elder Ballad's advice, I love it.

Chelsea said...

Cori! I was just reading the exact same talk on Sunday, which I notice is the exact same day you posted it. Weird! I was doing research for my book. The book I am writing. The same book I have been writing since this last summer. Ugh! One day it will be finished. Just keep bugging me about it please!