'Life is short. Time is fast. No replay. No rewind. So enjoy every moment as it comes.'
Last week, I helped my daughter and their little ones move house. Her husband had gone ahead with the removalist and we followed more slowly, with many stops for small boys and a feeding baby.
Let me tell you... 2 days of travel in a car with 2 toddlers and a baby is a long time. I lost count of the number of times we sang the Veggie Tales theme song, watched Lightning McQueen, and played I Spy.
It was tiring. It was mind-numbing, checking Google maps for the next McDonald's stop or rest area along the highway. But it was also fun! And I learned a huge amount.
I learned how calm my daughter is despite tiredness and the stress of a toddler who refuses to use any unfamiliar toilet. I learned how easily small boys can get stuck inside playground tube-slides. (Believe me, there's no way you can clamber around in those things with dignity!)
I learned how cute a toddler can look falling asleep in the car with his sunglasses hanging from his ear.
And, I learned again that suffocatingly tender feeling when a fretful baby you`re cuddling looks up at you, with tears running down his cheeks, recognises you and smiles a big, delighted grin.
Yep... I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
But... in the busyness of life, it's so easy to forget.
As soon as we arrived, we were flat-out unpacking, feeding tired and hungry children, finding bedding and making up beds.
But once the shadows lengthened and the softness of evening curled into the corners of the rooms, I pulled out my gratitude journal, Simply Grateful.
I wanted to record and remember every moment of our eventful trip. And, I wanted to relax a little and unwind with the colouring pages included in the book.
It's so easy to find yourself caught up with the busyness and notice little more than life and time passing. And yet life is filled with 'moments that matter' that will pass unnoticed if you don't make room for them.... and don't journal about them.
So... it's important to take a bit of time, before the day closes, to remember and record those moments.
There are so many benefits of taking time to journal, of maintaining a gratitude journal... better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, increased happiness. But it's also an amazing way to remember those moments that matter. And... it's the greatest way to share with your family and leave a legacy of special family memories.
If you haven't used a gratitude journal before, the Simply Grateful- a creative journal is the easiest way to start. It encourages you with prompts, questions and suggestions to reflect on the many ways that you have been blessed. You'll find places to record lists or add notes. And, there are reflective style questions.
If you've completed a gratitude journal before, you'll find even more in the Simply Grateful journal. Each page is different with different ideas and moments to reflect on and record. You'll find spots to doodle and draw if you feel creative. And there are some colouring pages and quotes if you need to relax and de-stress. Check it out!
A moment..... will you capture it or let it slip by?
FIND IT HERE......
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.