Spent Time or Time Well Spent

Dec 4, 2009 | Full Time Family, On Motherhood | 14 comments

With little ones (and big ones) adjusting to their beloved Bid Daddy’s new hours (more on that in another post) we are doing our best to be effective and intentional with every minute we are together. Though I have never thought of us as “time wasters” (probably for lack of TV & gizmo’s aside from this laptop) I have noticed that more time is spent on the floor wrestling, more hours at the lego bench creating, more pages being read and turned together as a family…
It is…beautiful.
Today, Joel should have worked but with his new schedule today was tree day or else we were going to have to forget it. And since “faux” or “no” is not an option in this house we took off for the morning to find the perfect tree.
And I believe we did.
Memories. So far, our little guy has been a part of cutting a fresh tree every year of his little life (and his sister too of course) but today, I welled up with tears as I saw him trapsing so merrily through the fields, making his way over the mounds of dead, bent grasses…he is so big. So tall. So four and a half.
I giggled as Sweet Princess tried to keep up with him, in her faux fur and Amish long homemade skirt. Happy and carefree as could be. Her nose, redder by the minute.
And together, with cold dirt crunching under our feet Joel and I dreamed aloud of the day when we will have our own farm…of what it would be like to stroll your own property and enjoy nothing but the silence.
There is too, something romantic about seeing your man cut down and tree and hoist it up to his shoulders, broad from years of painting…I love him so much.
We won’t be at any malls this year or standing in any lines for the “greatest” deals. While I love a trip to Nordstrom now and again we have never been big Christmas pandamonium type people. And now with kids, well, I almost feel like I need to protect them from all that.
Today, I feel like we protected each other.
Surrounding each other with love and time shared.
‘Suppose it’s the time of year to feel nostalgic so as I cherish these last few weeks of our family of 4, I am diving in head first – I am sure there will be more sappy, heartfelt postings…
May I be so bold as to encourage you to plan your hours this month carefully and may cherished memories be your intention. There are plenty of other days in the year to buy gifts and fight crowds. Plenty of time to think about “my to do list.”
Let me be the first to confess the erroneous question: “What can I get done today with my time?”
— It is time the Lord has given me. How will I choose to spend it?
Why not follow our Saviour’s lead? Humbly and simply He came to us,
spent His time with us.
Husbands and wives, mothers and children, friend to friend…
How much might we glorify Him by doing the same for each other?
“Man Cub” took this photo…not bad hugh?
No words, just see kiddo’s prayer on the sidebar.
“We’re not walking all the way out here so you can buy one of those stupid ties with the Santa Clauses on it are we Dad?”
-A favorite line from Christmas Vacation – more of those to come too!
My P.R.’s
In the warming barn with ladies making wreaths and free hot chocolate and donuts.
Does your wrapping room look like this?


  1. Anne Marie

    Thanks for sharing those! oh man…..if only we could just waltz outside together, hot cocoa in hand and cut our own tree! I would love to be one of those tree farmers (there’s one for sale out in the country if you are interested)—-hint hint—-

    you look FANTASTIC btw…….

  2. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    What an appropriate post for this time of year. A reminder that FAMILY should be our focus. I am glad you said you hate all the hubbub…because, like you, I’d prefer a quiet day in the country making a memory to a mall ANY DAY. I love your photos and the kids are just adroable and you are just GLOWING!

  3. Honorablyfallen

    what a beautiful post! how lovely this was to read and for you to share.. How best to spend my time.. I will be thinking of this throughout the day today as I do some chores.. Sarahlynn

  4. christschild

    What a lovely post…I completely understand what you mean about spending your time wisely. The Lord has blessed us with a family…God and family should be priorities. I’m so glad you and your family had a wonderful day and made memories you will cherish forever. You have a beautiful family…have a blessed day.

  5. Corinne.

    Tes photos sont superbes !!
    A la maison le sapin n’est pas encore arrivé ….Bientot !!
    Ta petite famille est toute mignone!

  6. cityfarmer

    to quote Chels, God is calling this family to a higher standard … we answer the call, loudly!

    knowing these chickens, I can hear every little nuance and squeal of delight

    soon to be gram of three

  7. Bonjour Madame

    It’s posts like these that warm my heart. Enjoy this time with your family. I’m going to enjoy mine.

  8. Bonnie

    Your family is adorable! It looks like you are having a wonderful time together! These are the kind of moments that you remember forever and really warm your heart!

    Thank you so much for your fabulous advice on my laundry room and the concrete painted wall. Your timing is 100% PERFECT! I didn’t leave for Home Depot yet and have written down your notes. Your laundry room posts a while back (March?) inspired me to work on my room. Plus, I just got two more Gorilla Racks for storage. Please thank your husband for the advice too. I really appreciate it!

    Thankyou! Thank you Thank you!!!
    Bonnie at Love Your Place 🙂

  9. Marie-Ange

    J’adore regarder tes photos !
    C’est du Bonheur à l’état pur …
    Bisous du coeur.

  10. Laura

    I just came upon your blog and it made me smile. What a beautiful family and wonderful blog page you have created! I will be stopping by regularly!

    A day of blessings to you,

  11. Faith

    What a lovely post and beautiful pictures. I am so proud of the woman you are!!!

  12. Chrissy

    What a heart warming post,days like that are just good for the soul!!All the best,Chrissy

  13. Joy

    Great, great memories for your family and children– ah yes, silence. And I like how you ‘protect’ your children from all that shopping craziness. You are a good mom!


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