Monday, 10 September 2007

Prioritising my time

I have had a gentle reminder from Naomi about the important things in her (and our family's) life. I have been sewing a pretty spring dress for her, from some lovely fabric that I couldn't resist (I really should avoid Spotlight!!). Anyway, I was frowning over the tricky scalloped ruffle along the hem, while Naomi played on her mat a few metres away. I normally look up regularly, and we giggle together... but I had been engrossed in pinning, and Naomi was having a bit of a whinge at the lack of attention. I found myself thinking "Come on, I am doing this for you!". That was my lightbulb moment.

She doesn't care what she is wearing - whether it is a pretty floral dress, or a second-hand t-shirt and nappy. She doesn't care if it is hand made with love. She wants my hands to be giving her that love - direct.

Don't get me wrong -- I am still going to indulge my love of sewing her pretty clothes - but not at the expense of our time together.

We had a lovely weekend going to the hardware store, and then for a picnic to the local swimming hole.... at zero cost, for the priceless enjoyment of seeing Naomi giggle and squeal with her dad, splashing around in the water and feeling sand between her toes.


Melissa Markham said...

I have these moments is hard to balance everything. I laugh at people who say...oh you get to spend all of your time with your children because you homeschool. Maybe I would if I also didn't work at three different jobs on the Internet...But we need the extra income and I hate the time it pulls me away from the children.

Kara said...

I too have these moments. I tend to go overboard planning birthday parties, outings etc. And the truth is my kids don't care how fancy or elaborate something is, they just want to have fun and be with me or their friends. The lessons we learn being moms!

Thankfulheart said...

How wonderful that you tuned in so quickly to the Lord and your daughter!! What an encouragement!