Today’s prompt: Here
“Sit, mama” and she pats the seat beside her. Here. Always beside her. On the sofa, at dinner, the doctors office and at the park. Our little girl is going through a phase, a mix of growing independence and wanting a comforting hand to hold at a moments notice. She runs like lightening on little toddler legs that make our house sound like it goes for miles, only to rush back with blanket, baby doll, a million pillows and oh yes..on more blanket…to snuggle on the sofa.
Here? Where the needing is constant and the thanks are few? Where I’m one foot in the land of motherhood, one foot in the land of God Sized Dreamers, and the rest of the time doing what needs to be done to make sure that little girl has all she needs? I don’t always like it here.
But I know that here, with this slice of what God has created for me, is where I’m supposed to be right now or He wouldn’t have me in it. I know that my “here” might not be where I want to be, but it’s where I’ll learn how to get “there” one day.
And for now, I wait for the little one to tell me “sit, mama.” Because after a day of making all the decisions, fighting the battles, searching for open doors…sometimes it’s just nice to have someone want you to sit. Here. With them.
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oh girl…yes…thank you. I needed exactly those words today!
God teaches us so much in the tension between where we are and where He wants us to be. And though we are to treasure the moments we have with our little ones, I believe the discontentment we have in our hearts is what God uses to propel and compel us to seek Him, to press in and press on for what He has for us until we find contentment in Him, no matter what.
It’s a dichotomy, I know, and yet, it’s right where He wants us in order to prepare us for what’s next. Just remember in all that seeking for open doors, not to let your eyes wander off the greatest prize. I love you so much!!!
Amy Tilson says
So sweet! I’m am loving my snuggles and requests for hugs and kisses. I know they won’t last forever and that is the most important thing happening in the world right now. It’s all about right priorities. BTW – she is such a cutie pie. How could you resist anyway. 🙂 (I got coffee. Did you get a taco?)
Selah Rae says
“one foot in the land of motherhood,one foot in the land of God Sized Dreamers…i don’t always like it here” i’m right there with you. trying to find that balance between what you’d love to do and what you NEED to do. praying for an extra measure of grace and joy for you!
loved your post!
visiting you from Lisa-Jo’s
Heather Mertens says
From here to there – that is the journey He has us on and it is awesome isn’t it?!
Nicely said. This was my first FMF experience and I have enjoyed it so. 🙂 Light your fingers on the keyboard and He will flow! That you certainly do. 🙂
Erika Dawson says
” one foot in the land of motherhood, one foot in the land of God Sized Dreamers … I don’t always like it here.”
I wrestle with this tension. There is so much beauty in each moment, and I am praying for the eyes and contented heart to see the wonder and joy He has given in it all. I so resonated with this post, Crystal. Beautiful.
Your kindness made me tear up today..the words every weary mama needs to hear 🙂
Oh I’m so glad for that!
That, my friend, is the most eloquent of blog post comments.
ha! i actually always hope someone else will be first so I have a post to comment on!
lol I can promise toddler photos (you’ll have to distract me from being a teary mess from missing her)….but…no promises on the glitter 😉
God winks! love that!
oh that would be a fun playdate! and as much as I love those snuggly times, I love even more watching her snuggle into her daddy and hold his hand. melts me.
sigh. and the squishy little toddler hands? done for.
I’m so glad you did, too!
so glad you stopped by!
oh how sweet! cherish the snuggles while we can 🙂
Nita Holiday says
This speaks so clearly of the difficult stretching that happens between mommyhood and other dreams. You can be excited about and committed to both, but sometimes it hard to “sit here” as requested. On behalf of your daughter, who may not realize the sacrifice it is to sit (even when you want to), thank you.
Janis Cox says
Lovely. I can feel the closeness. So precious.
Ms. Kathleen says
What memories of little ones running around my house… Now I just have weekend visits with two little angels and yes, blankets, pillows, dolls… Precious memories… Have a God-filled weekend 🙂
Rebekah Ellis says
A snapshot of a moment to cherish – I love this “here.” And the way you talk about splitting time between motherhood and the land of God sized Dreamers – I can really relate to that. Blessed by this post – and really, overwhelmingly blessed by the warm welcome at the #FMFParty last night. This is me, 3BeesBlueBonnet – loving every minute of making new connections.
Maxine Oberle says
I love those “here’s”. Nice post, the first in line, you are on the ball today.
renee baude says
so sweet. I can just see the tiny hand patting the couch! To just be with our children is the best thing ever! I’ve spent hours in the quiet moments of my kids days–I just want to soak up the love in the slow moments of their lives–before it gets all busy and crazy. Be Blessed.
Ruth Povey says
Oh how I relate to this! Great post
Linda Stoll says
oh do enjoy those ‘sit here, mama’ moments … they will pass by quickly!
lisha epperson says
“here. where the needing is constant and the thanks are few”..yes indeed. take a seat mama!
your beautifully written words are the hearts cry of many. oh how to do it all? thank God for His grace that will carry you through.
Wendy Douglas says
So love when you share these sweet moments with your baby girl here, friend. It reminds me of the snuggle days. Thank you so much for reminding me how precious each moment is…as a momma and a dreamer. Blessings.
Karrilee Aggett says
Girrrl – not only do you ROCK the Ninja skills – but I can so feel your Mama’s heart beating strong in this post! Love this… drink it in and love to just sit. and if it helps… my little is (nearly) taller than me and she still comes running… wanting me to sit! (They never really outgrow that!)
What a sweet post. My kids aren’t so little anymore. They don’t ask me to come and sit beside them. Enjoy this time!
Diane Bailey says
I’m telling you what, you’ve got mad typing skills! And, words that flow as beautifully as dandelion seeds on the crest of a breeze.
Megan Eccles says
Beautiful. Motherhood is so wonderful and challenging, and yet in those moments (sit here, mama) we find our peace. Lovely Crystal! (You totally deserve being Ninja One for this one :P)
Jessica Ebersole says
such a beautiful post. thank you so much for sharing. your little girl is precious. sometimes it takes the simpliness of a child for us to see things that we need to change in ourselves. stopping by from Five minute Friday! Blessings!
ooooh this is a timely post for me today. I’m “there” too. “Where I’m one foot in the land of motherhood, one foot in the land of God Sized Dreamers, and the rest of the time doing what needs to be done to make sure that little girl has all she needs” that’s perfect. thanks for sharing today <3 found you on FMF 🙂 so glad I did.
Paula Claunch says
Oh, those little toddler legs! They own me.
That is truly one of my favorite parts of being mommy to a little girl…sitting next to her. Holding her hand. Giving her as many hugs as I can. What a blessing. 🙂 (P.S. Too bad we don’t live closer…our girls would have fun together! And the mamas could chat it up…) Love this post, friend! 🙂
InPursuit MyQuest says
Yes. Totally! Someone ‘wanting’ to sit. Here. With. Us. Definitely God winks 😉
Naomi Brignola says
Aw so sweet! It’s tough at times to be the one that always has to be ‘here’, but rewarding as well, isn’t it?