Are you taking this for granted?

My fisherman.

My fisherman.

I was spending my day working at home on my blog and upcoming book. The kids were hanging out playing on the Xbox. I decided to read a blog from Sherry Carver who writes and helps blended families. Although I do not have a blended family, her advice applies to my family as well. Sherry was writing about taking things for granted in our lives. You can check out her article here. “Every family has a story.” What resonated with me at the time was, here I am off work for a few days, my kids are out of school and I am spending my time staring at a computer. I was taking the time with my kids for granted. Someday when they are grown I won’t have these opportunities. So I made an executive decision to put aside the task that needed attention and focused my attention on more important things.

I went inside and asked my two youngest if they wanted to go do something. I even made suggestions of going to see a movie or bowling. Both of them replied, “We want to go to the farm”. I come from a farming family and my two brothers still live on and farm the ground. I agreed, so we loaded up and drove the 40 minutes to the farm. Emily wanted to ride around on the golf cart and Andrew wanted to fish. I spent a beautiful fall like day fishing with my 9 year old son and watching my 13 year old drive around the lake occasionally stopping to chat with us. I got to sit and look my son in the eyes and just talk about whatever came up.

Thank you Sherry Carver for reminding me to enjoy what we have and live in the moment. I spent an afternoon that I will never regret, even if my work doesn’t get done on time. I chose the best of my two options. Do you take advice from others to assess your priorities? I could have ignored what I heard in my heart, but I’m sure glad I didn’t. Listen to your heart and take time to enjoy what you have now, before it’s too late. Go share your AWESOME with someone you love today. Yes, that is a picture of Andrew and one of his many catches.

  • Thank You Jenny — I can tell you that now that our 4 kids are grown, there are days that we sit and wonder if we did enough as parents to give our kids a sense of fun. We certainly taught them about chores, doing homework, signing up for extracurricular activities and earning money. Looking back, I wish there had been more days of just saying “what do you want to do?” Your 2 kids will remember this day in their hearts forever — (and so will you) —

    • Jennifer Hester

      Thanks Sherry. I agree, I will remember that day and not let it be a regret instead. We had a great time and made some lasting memories.

    • Thanks Sherry. I agree, I will remember that day and not let it be a regret instead. We had a great time and made some lasting memories.

  • Melissa AuClair

    Love this! Carpe Diem! We only have today! In trying to get things done and pursuing what’s in my heart, I forget to embrace the now. This post brings a lump to my throat.

    • Melissa – So glad this resonated with you. We are all working so hard that I know we are not taking time to enjoy our present moments like we should. I believe we will appreciate our hard work even more if we learn to incorporate some free and fun time into our lives. I know I needed that time away with my kids. Make sure you are taking time for yourself as well.