Monday, May 19, 2008

Simplify

I love getting the Ensign that follows a conference session and every May and November edition I spend the month reading talks while I eat breakfast in the morning. Yesterday I read "Daughters of God" by Elder M. Russell Ballard. I love this talk as it was directed especially at young mothers and it talks about the importance of being a mother. I'm paraphrasing this but I love the part where it says it doesn't matter if you are a "full time" mom or whether you work part time or full time outside of the home. "What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else."

I want to be able to enjoy the time I have with my kids while they are young but I constantly find myself trying to move onto the next thing such as dinner, baths, going to bed etc. that I miss those precious moments in between. I also feel pulled down by the constant cleaning, cooking and other maintenance items around the house.

So my question is: What do you do to simplify your lives to enjoy your families?

2 comments:

Janice & Don said...

As hard as it is, setting a schedule is what I've found works for me to be able to enjoy the crazyness of children. Mostly, it's just getting dinner done between 5-5:30 so clean-up is done about an hour before bathtime and bedtime. It's in those couple of hours that most of my little moments happen. I know your situation is different- I'm home all day- but maybe making quick dinner menus might help.

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