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deep thoughts at bedtime.

October 6th | older posts


tip toe over, crack open the door and peek in…


last night i went to check on the boys about a half hour after they were tucked in–and they were both completely sacked out.  i felt so overwhelmed with love for these two sweet boys.  all the messes and silliness melt away and i remember that they are little and learning and growing (too fast) into big boys.


and i want to slow the days down and hold on to the moment.  but all i can really do is remind myself to cherish the days and soak them up.  being a mommy is such a mix of happy busyness, constant worry, and overwhelming love.

25 Responses

  1. Kimberly says:

    Thank you for being so real in your postings. I am a mother to three, ages 10(dd), 6(ds), and 8mos(ds) and am feeling so overwhelmed with life and all its demands right now. I am encouraged and inspired to see your photography and your honesty in the words you write. Thank you.

  2. erin says:

    Today is my big boy’s 3rd bday, I can’t believe it was 3yrs ago that I became a Mommy for the 1st time. Being a Mom is the hardest/most rewarding job I’ve ever had. They grow up wayyyyy to fast!

  3. natasha says:

    What sweet moments!

    I have to ask . . . are those Paddington sheets that David has and if so where did you get them? My 8 year old, Luci, is a huge Paddington fan!

  4. Shana Stoll says:

    Amen to all that! I’m with ya! Thanks for the reminder and the great post.
    mom to Jacob (10), Rebekah (8), Lydia (7), Joe (4) and Anna (18 months)

  5. Cindy says:

    So adorable! I have a nine month old myself – and the message of your post made my eyes swell with truth, happiness and love.

  6. Kristin says:

    You could not have summed it up better in your last sentence! Sweet photos!

  7. JD in Canada says:

    After a long, difficult day, there is nothing that erases the stress more than some time with God, a good laugh, and to spend some time looking at our precious children while they sleep… I wonder if they know how much time we’ve spent doing just that?

  8. Shawna says:

    I would give anything in the world to see my two boys sleeping in their beds at night. Lisa, you are right to cherish each and every moment, for you blink and they are grown. Mine are away at college.

  9. Trina Walker says:

    I feel that way everyday. Everyday I feel overwhelmed and at the end of the day I wonder why I didn’t just treasure the time even more with my kids.? So I’m aware everyday now when I am with my sweet and beautiful children that they are only little for so long. I just love them and cherish them so immensely.

  10. Kristen says:

    Isn’t t something when they are sleeping! haha. I know I feel this love everyday, but some times it’s easy to forget in the tiredness. Either way, when they fall asleep, I just want to hold them, kiss them, my heart swoons. Thanks for sharing this experience so sweetly.

  11. Jenny says:

    Thank you for the reminder to cherish every moment. It must be in the air, I just posted (tearfully) about my daughter the other day. Boys are another story though, aren’t they? I’m learning that every day. Take care!

  12. Denise C. says:

    I am a Mother to 2 Munchkins. (boy and girl). My son seems to overwhelm me more so than my daughter, and I find myself extremely frustrated with him. I am trying to work on that.
    My daughter is growing up way too fast. I had an extremely difficult pregnancy with her, and was told at 6.5 months along, she may not make it full term. She did. And I am so blessed to be her mother. 😉

  13. Amy says:

    as always thank you for sharing…it is funny how we are all the same….all the same and all different. as mothers we all have the same worries and all that love that you never even imagined you could have for anyone. i love to peek in on the kids in bed too, freshly bathed, in their pj’s, tucked into bed and oh so quiet…SO SWEET!

  14. Christina says:

    So adorable! Isn’t it amazing how much older they look while they sleep? I thought Matty looked so sage in that first pic of him! I love those moments of overwhelming love. :)

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  16. beth says:

    so sweet…what a lucky mom you are !

  17. Becky Dafoe says:

    How true that is! I look forward to that every night! It makes the mess from the day go away so quickly!

  18. Robbin says:

    Wow! I’ve only been gone a few months and they both look so different – a little more grown up, as you say. Yes, Lisa, continue to cherish every moment with them. Time does fly. You have precious little men there.

  19. Marcy says:

    How true!

  20. Heidi @ ggip says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head with your closing thoughts!

  21. janine says:

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog, and I just wanted to say thank you – for reassuring me I’m not the only one who does this (often with camera in hand) after my boys (6 and 3 yrs old) go to bed. Your writing is very real and very inspiring :)

  22. They are so sweet when they are sleeping. love it.

  23. Holly says:

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures and the wonderful reminder! 7 months ago, our son was diagnosed with cancer. He is doing well after 3 surgeries and 6 months of chemo but it was a horrifying battle and we struggle everyday with the chemo residuals. I have never watched my precious boy sleep so much in his 6 years. He is our little angel and I am so overwhelmed with love for him as I know you are with your precious angels. Thank you for your honest moments and your love of your family. You are an inspiration to so many!
    Holly aka Hunter’s Mom

  24. those are precious pictures. bedtime is always a time for me to get all sappy and wistful about the fleeting moments. oddly, i never feel that way when they are jumping on the furniture.

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