This is our oldest son, Jacob. He turned six in April and honestly, I can’t believe how quickly the years have passed since he was born. In my eyes he’s still our first baby. I can remember bringing him home from the hospital, feeding him, rocking him, and just being completely amazed. Fast forward six years and he’s finished kindergarten, excited about first grade, and wants to be an artist when he grows up. Or a train engineer.
This time of year is extremely busy for me. Weddings, family sessions, editing, bills to pay, emails to answer, the list goes on and on. But I’m learning to go home in the evening and be home. I’m no longer turning on my laptop, checking email, or doing anything work related once I’m home. It’s been a great change for me. Being able to focus on family when I’m home is the most important thing. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. And seeing our boys laugh, play, throw themselves down the stairs, and tackle me when I come in the door is the best therapy for work related stress.
At first it was challenging to stop thinking about work when I’m home. And I’ll admit that it still gets into my head and I think about what needs done “tomorrow.” But for the most part, I’m learning to be present in the moment when I’m hanging out with the family. And it’s my boys who are teaching me to be present in the moment. They are never in a hurry. Never saying “we have to leave now! We have to do this now!” Whether they are drawing, playing, riding bikes, or just being still, they are present in that moment and it reminds me to slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the day. If I can learn to not be so busy being busy, the days just might slow down a little.
Have a great week everyone. Hug your kids. Spend time with your family. And try to slow down now and then. Enjoy the moment.