Monday, December 7, 2009

Be happy for THIS Moment...

Hey everyone!

{{{PLEASE scroll down for my Little Paper Shop post today, too...and I thank you SO much for stickin' with me!  Means a lot!}}}

Do you ever feel like THIS time of year just makes ya a little nuts?   I LOVE the Holidays.   LOVE the tree trimming...the cookies...the family...even the shopping, I must admit, when I can take my TIME, I do enjoy it.

Nevertheless, I still feel like sometimes I get caught up w/the best of them and stress a bit too much...and when I was creating this weekend for my DECEMBER GUEST SPOT at UNITY STAMPS this month (yay!!), I couldn't help but stop and think a minute about this sentiment, from the upcoming December Kit of the Month:

"  BE HAPPY for THIS MOMENT"...


Isn't that the nicest sentiment?  And so true....just think of all the things we'd miss if we stayed so focused on the Dec. 25th instead of the December 7th....TODAY.

Today...I will send my kids off to school...and my four year old DD will say to her older sister, like she does every day when they are unloading out of my mini-van "Madelynn, can I have a kiss and a hug?"  I will be SO HAPPY for that MOMENT.

Later today, that same four year old DD will come up to me for no apparent reason and throw her arms around me, like she does every day, out of the blue, and squeeze my neck until I practically choke, haha.  She'll say "I'm giving you a SQUEEEEEEZE, Mommy"...I will be SO HAPPY for that MOMENT.

The kids will get off the bus and they'll smile at me from the street, and then all three of them will run up to see who gets to give Mom a hug first...are you KIDDING ME?   SO HAPPY for that MOMENT.

I will watch my boys play their 2nd basketball game this evening.   They will look at me, from time to time, and catch my eye up in the bleachers with the BIGGEST, PROUDEST smile on their faces, as they have done before during practices.   I will be SO HAPPY for that MOMENT.

Last but not least, I will serve my children dinner tonight, and wonder which one will say the prayer before dinner...Perhaps it will be Nicky, who is always grateful for his food, LOL , but is learning to be thankful for bigger things, like family and parents and his sibling...or maybe it will be Jack, who will quietly pray for our family but then will pray for a friend who had a bloody nose or was sick from school today...or Madelynn, who is SO insightful beyond her years who will pray for our family, our health, and our well-being but then will go on to pray for the things she already knows in this world that need to change..and she will BE part of that change one day, I'm convinced of it.  She is SO compassionate...yeah, I can tell you that no matter WHO decides it's "their turn" at our dinner table tomorrow...I will be SO HAPPY for that MOMENT.

Well, my friends, I'll leave you with a quote I found that reflects what I've been thinking about and to try to focus on the TODAY instead of all that has to be done before Christmas this year... of course it still needs to be done, but it WILL get done.   For now...I will try to remember this:
 

" Slow down and enjoy life.  It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast...you also miss the sense of where you are going...and why..."  ~Eddie Cantor

25 comments:

Stampin Mindy said...

Beautiful card, love your color combo, Congrats on being GDT member for Unity!

Kris said...

Jess, that quote is so true!! i don't think we stop enough times to be thankful and enjoy one day at a time, but we do stress to plan for the future... I love your inspirational look on life, your words have deep meaning... Thank you for sharing! Love the card, that sentiment is just the sweetest... perfect day to see this as i'm closing on a wonderful day celebrating Alia's bday, it made me take the time to be thankful for all the moments she smiled today! =D hugs, Kris

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Hi Jess!! I can so relate to your feelings about Christmas and the preparations. I so enjoy each thing but in the hecticness of Christmas it take all the enjoyment away. Your quote is so true. Love your design, colors and card!! Another gorgeous Unity creation!!
hugs,
Chris

Mercy said...

this is wonderful, jess...not just the card but the whole post! you said it perfectly, sweetie!

Peggy said...

Hi Jess!
Your post is perfect timing for everyone like you that has a lot to juggle with family and work. You took a breath and delivered some "fresh air" to all of us who definitely can relate to you.
Congrats on your GDT spot and your card is FABULOUS!!

Mary Giles (OhioMary) said...

Super cute card. Love the gorgeous colors...even more thanks for the reminder to enjoy the moment especially in this busy time of the year.

Heather Schlatter said...

Jess,

This turned out absolutely Wonderful I just adore it and I love the colors (Minus one of them of course) and I love that clock and they way you used your Nesties!!!

Another really cool Unity Project you so deserve your guest spot Jess!!!!

Heather

Gabby said...

I love this...your card AND post! Thanks for that uplifting quote too...it is sooo true! HUGS!

Jacqueline said...

What an AMAZING post! Your words brought a tiny tear to my eye....SO touching and SO true...our children touch our lives in so many ways and we all need to sit and think about all those amazing moments we are lucky to have! Wonderful card too chica! Love it! You are a great part of unity this month! Hugs! Xx

Gwen said...

Jessica your card is so bright and cheery...well done. The post...well, the real gem here. I love what you wrote based on being happy in "this" moment. Well said, friend! Have a great day.

Smiles!
Gwen

Kim Y. said...

Wow, Jess, this is a touching post! I lov ethe quote! So true...we need to be happy, thankful and cherish the moment. Life is too short and if we miss that moment, we will miss it forever!

Beautiful car,d Jess. I love the sweet sentiment!

quilter said...

I read Angela's blog today and loved your attitude. You said what I wish each mother in America was doing. We need more like you and your ideal and your talent too. A very cute card. Blessings

Sparkle said...

Such a lovely card and have a fabulous day! Enjoy every moment of it.

Kelly Landers said...

I just love everything about this card and post!! How wonderful life is!!

Amy said...

Oh, Jess this is just the perfect post for now, definitely need to step back and take a deep breath every now and then.
Your card is perfection as always, have a great week and thanks for thw pause!

kadie said...

Gorgeous card and WONDERFUL sentiment! Just what I needed today! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful card with us!

Yvette said...

Great post Jessica and your card is super adorable!

Kelly Booth said...

That's a Lot of Wonderful things to be happy for Jess... and i Love your card!!

Tasha said...

My Gosh Jess this is beautiful! Love the clock its so cool and i love the sentiment, colours and paper! WOW its fantastic
love tasha xx

Elena said...

I love this sentiment too, Jessica! And I am so happy that you shared with us about your happy moments! Sometimes we don't even realize how many moments like this really makes our lifes happier and that these moments are priceless!
Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful card, Jessica!

PaperCrafty said...

Beautiful card Jess!! Love the yummy color combo!!

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

I LOVE this post. You have such a sweet spirit. Great card, and I'm so happy you are the guest designer!!
~ky

Julia said...

Awwwwww! Perfect!

ChristineCreations said...

This is such a beautiful and insightful post Jessica.

...and a very cute card to go with it!

Wendy said...

Shut the front door!!! This one is spectacular!