If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd build self esteem first, and the house later.
I'd fingerpaint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often.
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I'd model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.
by Diane Loomans
When I read this poem on my friend Erin's blog I began to tear up. This is a subject that had already been weighing heavy on my mind. I just want to cherish every single second that I have with my kids because I know that before I know it they will be grown. I want to spend more time recording their childhood so I can look back and remember every day. I regret so much not keeping a better journal when Joie was younger and I've already forgotten some of the adorable things she use to say that melted my heart. I know its not New Years yet but I figure anytime is a good time for new goals and resolutions. I want to spend every day playing and loving my kids and hopefully find time at night to record our experiences. I want to be able to print off my blog books and have it read as a journal and the story of my kids lives.
These are some totally random pictures that are not related to each other or this post but I thought they were all pretty cute.