Motherhood

Hands Free Mama

October 26, 2015

I first came across Hands Free Mama and her journey to slow down in a post called, The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up. Her words hit like a ton of bricks:

“When you’re living a distracted life, every minute must be accounted for. You feel like you must be checking something off the list, staring at a screen, or rushing off to the next destination. And no matter how many ways you divide your time and attention, no matter how many duties you try and multi-task, there’s never enough time in the day to catch up.”

Now I’m reading her book, Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! which gives simple ways to find balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world and the joy that is discovered when you open your heart – and your hands – to the possibilities of each blessed moment.

“There will come a day when she no longer wants to hold my hand. So I will hold it while I still can. There will come a day when she no longer tells me what’s on her mind. So I will listen while she still wants to talk to me. There will come a day when she no longer says, “Watch me, Mama!” So I will observe and encourage while I still can. There will come a day when she no longer invites me to eat school lunch with her. So I will join her while I still can. There will come a day when she no longer needs my help to bake cookies or hit the tennis ball in the sweet spot. So I will stand beside her gently guiding and instructing while I still can. There will come a day when she no longer wants my opinion about clothes, friendship, death, and heaven. So I will share my views while she still wants to hear them. There will come a day when she no longer allows me to hear her prayers and her dreams. So I will fold my hands and absorb every word while I still can. There will come a day when she no longer sleeps with her beloved stuffed animal. And that day may come sooner than I think. Because sometimes unexpected events happen, causing the days to rush by, the years to tumble ahead. Sometimes what I thought I would have time to do, Like listen to her laugh, Wipe her tears, Breathe her scent, And hold her close, Will no longer be available to me. What I thought I had all the time in the world to do, May no longer be an option. The little pink dog that my child must now learn to sleep without after eight precious years reminds me that tomorrow may not allow for all the things I planned to do. So instead of being too busy, Too tired, Or too distracted when she seeks my love and attention, I will be ready and waiting To make her a well-loved child While I still can.”

This book is such a gift to any mama and I had it share it with you!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Bradford December 5, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I came across that post when I was pregnant with my son and it really resonated with me. Such a good reminder! I’ll check out her book.

  • Reply Bridjet February 20, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I am looking this book up right now! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply Jennifer March 13, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Ugh, I’m so guilty of this! I am adding to my Amazon wish list now 🙂

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