the present family



It can be easy to get caught up in the rigmarole of the every day.

Can anyone else out there relate?

I find myself occupied with the laundry…the massive piles of toys scattered throughout the home…mounds of unrolled toilet paper, and everything I just have to accomplish on my ‘list.’ The unmade beds. The children jumping on the beds. The dirty dishes. Volunteering and planning and projects and school…can be a little all consuming.

It can be easy to forget, in the middle of all of it, the most important, highest calling and greatest role of all that I get to fill.

photos by britsnap

I’m a big believer in making the most of each stage of life. When people tell me as a mom, that in the future, I will miss these days… sometimes, I honestly can’t fathom it. Other days, I guess it’s inevitable. Regardless of all that, I want to live in the present. No matter where I am. I want to cherish each stage of life…and live joyfully in what it is.


Ironically, that is also one of my greatest struggles. Maybe also, one of my biggest fears. I don’t want to become so preoccupied that I have regrets. Yes, guilt does, unfortunately, come hand in hand with each sweet child. But I want to know I did my best.

One of my all time favorite books, introduced to me by Jamin, is called The Precious Present. It’s a must read for anyone who finds themselves struggling with where they are right now. And with finding that balance. It’s also been a great springboard for the exciting series that we can’t wait to share with all of you.

Lately, I’ve been listening to the little whispers in my life. And all those little whispers were pushing me towards this. The timing was perfect, as recently one of my fave blogger buds and myself decided to put our heads together and design a fun family centered series…

Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect, and I, can’t wait to launch this! The Present Family is a special series. It will be chocked full of ideas + activities for your families, and a practical approach of simple fun, and hopefully, inspirational things…in celebration of the every day.

We can’t wait, and hope to learn a lot from all of you in this process. After all, parenthood is a journey {and sometimes a constant uphill battle} that is best shared together.

Be sure to hop on over to Perfectly Imperfect today…she’s my partner in crime with all of this, and I think you’ll love her take on it all, too. We can’t wait to get started, so stay tuned…

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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Responses to the present family

  1. Catherine says:

    This is, and will be, a wonderful little reminder and nudge in the right direction for a lot of us. All of us? It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day. Great, great idea.


  2. Jodi M says:

    YEAH!! Two of my favorite bloggers! I struggle daily to live in the moment and enjoy my kiddos-and struggle with the fact that it is a “struggle” and not just joyous! Looking forward to the journey!!!

  3. Ooh! I’m excited for this. What a true statement about being in the moment and cherishing it. I need to do more of that. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Jennifer says:

    This is so needed in my life right now! Thank y’all for taking this on!

  5. Jami Nato says:

    this is so great. does it not speak to the heart of every mother? yes. unless the mother is an alien. :)
    can’t wait for the series.

  6. traci says:

    Great series idea! I am looking forward to it.
    We all need help with this. :)

  7. Debbie says:

    I NEED this! I’ve been struggling with the “present” for awhile now. I’m in such a hurry to get everything done that I’m leaving the kids to play by themselves. I know I’m going to regret it someday.

  8. Lindsi says:

    Thank you so much for this, your timing is perfect! With the holidays coming it is a great time to work on living in the now–so easy to get lost in a long to do list. We have really been trying to work on this with our little family and extended family especially!