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Smiles, Sunshine, and Lessons for Mom

on August 23, 2012

Little Bear had a doctor’s appointment near one of our favorite parks this morning, so we stopped by afterward to let the girls run and play. As I watched them, their morning play became school for mom. So what lessons did my sweet girls teach me? (Or at least remind me of?)

(1) Learning is a lifelong process. Take it one step at a time.

One step at a time …

(2) Take risks and try new things. Embrace challenges. Climb to new heights. There may be bumps and bruises along the way, but the view from the top is worth it.

Climb to new heights!

(3) Sometimes you’ll hit a rough patch. It’s OK. Just hang on for dear life until you regain your footing.

Hang on!

(4) The rough patches are just that … patches. They’re temporary. Don’t give up! Work through them and keep going.

Keep on going!

(5) We all have limits. My 15-month-old might want to climb just like her big sister, but her little legs can only stretch so far. She’ll get there in due time, but “due time” doesn’t mean “today.” (In the same way, my 4-year-old will learn to read in due time, develop better listening skills in due time, etc.)

We all have limits …

(6) Pause to enjoy the things so many people overlook. Don’t get so wrapped up in the busyness of life’s playground that you miss the tranquil beauty of the river walk. Never be too busy to enjoy the sunshine on your shoulders, the wind in your hair, the grass beneath your feet, or the gentle voice of the river in your ears.

“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy …”

(7) Gratefully accept help when it’s needed. You don’t have to do it all by yourself. The best times are often shared times.

“I couldn’t have done it alone.”

(8) Savor life’s successes! Pause occasionally to celebrate how far you’ve come.

Savor success.

(9) Above all, take time to enjoy the journey.

Enjoying the journey …

3 Responses to “Smiles, Sunshine, and Lessons for Mom”

  1. Norma says:

    Great lessons!

  2. Debbie Olson says:

    So, so loved seeing these pix, Julie! LOve the girls and Mom’s lessons. 😀

  3. Susan says:

    I do get a lot of those “Mom Lessons” from home educating Melissa. As they get older, they get more poignant as well.

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