Five Minute Friday

Change

August 31, 2012

It’s friday, that means it’s time to write for 5 minutes, no editing, hemming or hawing. Just free writing and then taking that brave step and clicking publish. Just a couple of rules, Lisa-Jo picks the prompt, and you have to visit the community and share some encouragement–you can do this! Lets go–

Change

Go–


She doesn’t take naps much these days. She’s not into diapers much either. Her sentences come fluid and clear, we converse without me struggling to translate or decipher her needs and wants.

She says crazy things like “Hey guys, you know what…” when talking to her siblings, which is nothing spectacular except that she’s two and that phrase sounds so very four to me.

Things are changing here this year. I’ve got two in school, though we home school, it means there’s two who need focused learning time, rather than so much play learning like their younger sisters.

This family evolves as the days pass and the children grow right in front of our eyes and we just shake our heads at the birthdays coming, 9,7,5,3.

All mothers know this feeling, watching their littles stretch up–watching the pant legs rise and the bellies once hidden under shirt-tales now protruding. Everything changes and some days I want to nail the minutes to the floor, to rip the hands right off the clock and still this phase a moment longer–

They were made for this though–for growth, for expansion of minds and limbs and hearts.

How blessed am I that I get to walk along with them, that I get to hold their hands and replace their outgrown shoes. These are the moments of motherhood, of childhood, of all the mingling of maturity, and the tender years of watching them inch towards eternity.

Stop.

Hold me.

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  • Reply sarahannrogers August 31, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I can’t imagine getting even past one year of parenting. So much is excited for the future, so much of me wants to hold him in and not let any moment slip between my fingers.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Enjoy every blessed moment, my friend, they really do slip like water between our fingers.

  • Reply soulstops August 31, 2012 at 12:32 am

    love this phrase “nail the minutes to the floor”…maybe you’re also a poet? Blessings, Kris :)

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Oh wow. How I would love to own that title….Poet. Thanks for the constant encouragement Dolly. You’re such a blessing!

  • Reply Wendy August 31, 2012 at 12:48 am

    the tender years of watching them inch towards eternity.<—so love this. I still feel like I am in the tender years with my boys. just a different season in it. I just want to stop time just for a minute. so I can remember every moment. Thanks for sharing friend! Blessings!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      I keep praying God will make my memory firm, help me to lock onto the moments that matter. Bless you!

  • Reply Robin August 31, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Time is in such a hurry! Yes–let’s nail the minutes to the floor! Or at least keep eyes wide open so we don’t miss a thing!

    :)

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Yes! living with eyes wide open! Indeed! So nice to see you here, Robin. I’m a fan. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Alene Snodgrass August 31, 2012 at 1:09 am

    You’re killing me girl. Crying. I miss all those changes. They were so big and special. And now my big kids have bigger changes — weddings, nursing school, etc. Change in our kids from a momma’s heart is sweet and sad. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family and heart.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Oh Alene! I cannot even imagine those years yet, weddings, graduations… I can however imagine the bittersweetness of watching them take flight… bless your Mama heart.

  • Reply Loni August 31, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Ahhhh, yes, what treasures of time with our homeschooled children we have! We are going into our 21st year of homeschooling – with some new MAJOR changes! But what wonderful memories we have had – and continue to make!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Wow! 21 years of homeschooling. That’s amazing and wonderful! What a wealth of memories you have stored up. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Alia Boston Hagenbach August 31, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Just put my 3 yr old to bed. My oldest son is on a camping trip with family friends and my 7 yr old said she didn’t need to be tucked tonight, she was just going to stay up for a bit and read. Oh, they grow so fast! You capture it so well.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Didn’t need to be tucked in?! :( Oh Im not ready for that… (hugs) to you, my sweet friend.

  • Reply lindseyfoj August 31, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I love your Mama’s heart….I feel like I am RIGHT there in your words…

    My favorite line…”…nothing spectacular except that she’s two and that phrase sounds so very four to me.”

    This makes COMPLETE sense to me!!!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      :) Im so glad, at 12:15AM when I write these posts, I feel so delerious and crazy I wonder if anything will ever come out like I hope. Thankful more than you know, for your encouragement!

  • Reply KimberlyCoyle August 31, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Inching towards eternity… lovely words and a glimpse into your beautiful mama heart.

  • Reply Denise Oldham August 31, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Sweet blessings upon you.

  • Reply Mary Bonner August 31, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I love reading your posts like this one!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Mary. I feel like my voice has been lost lately, like Im choking a bit, this one felt so right though… I dont know if taht makes any sense at all… thank you for your kindness. Truly.

      • Reply Mary Bonner August 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        Oh, sister…you voice has not been lost. Your writing is so beautiful it is hard to imagine you have felt like you were choking. Sorry to hear that…praying for your friend!

        • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

          Thank you, Mary. Really, thank you. Love to you this friday evening. Enjoy your weekend. ((hugs))

  • Reply StefanieYoungBrown August 31, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Oh, Kris… My heart connected with what you said here: “Everything changes and some days I want to nail the minutes to the floor, to rip the hands right off the clock and still this phase a moment longer…” My son is in 4th grade and turned 9 this summer. He’s growing faster that I can keep up with and he’s growing in his understanding and love for the Lord. I’m grateful, but there are days I want to stop the hands on the clock, snuggle him and rest. Thankful, however, God is changing him beautifully from the inside out. What more could I ask for?
    Happy FMF, my friend!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Yes, for all the time passing, God’s hand on them is amazing to see, and if time stood in place we’d never see the fruit of His grace and mercy in their lives… or ours for that matter… πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Jana | GraceForMyMess.com August 31, 2012 at 8:03 am

    *sniff* Beautiful, and definitely written from a place where I can relate. I love your sweet babies. Love YOU! XOXO

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks, geilrfrind. (boy, I really butchered it that time!) πŸ˜‰ I love ya, and your babies. C’mon Allume! #wontbelongnow

  • Reply Mary Beth August 31, 2012 at 8:43 am

    We went the same direction today! My little one is starting to use his words and it’s crazy! To hear him actually say “mommy”. Oh my.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      oh it’s so fun to hear them learn new words… what an exciting season you’re in! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Tara_pohlkottepress August 31, 2012 at 8:53 am

    we spoke of the same change I see :) yes, they were made for this change, this growth… this mama heart? oh, i don’t know that it’s ready :) {what a beautiful picture, too!}

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Yes, my Mama heart readys itse;f onlny by His strength. Bless you, Tara.

  • Reply Nikki August 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I could read it over and over again, friend…but then you’d need to hold me, too! Wish I could look those blessings in the eye and tell them what I see when I look at their mother… πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      oh Nikki. Your words are so kind. You are far too generous with me. I pray your weekend is joyful and blessed with many moments to treasure away for reflection in the future. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Amy Tilson August 31, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Oh, I loved this. I especially loved the “Hold me” after the stop. Those little “too big for you to be saying” phrases alwas catch me off guard. Ours lately has been “well, actually..” It all just blows my mind how this happens.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Ah! I love that one, “well actually..” When my oldest was not even two, we’d ask him a question and He’d say “sure, let me thinkk about it…” it cracked us up! Love those funny memories. Solid gold in our mamma purses.

  • Reply ro elliott August 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

    our hearts where in the same place today…you at one end of life with your kids…me at the other…and we will always hold them…we hold them forever in our hearts and prayers no matter the age. have a blessed weekend~

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Oh yes, holding them forever and ever. Thank you, Ro.

  • Reply Tresta @ sharppaynes.com August 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Nailing down the moments with you, sister. And I love love love the little cheek hanging out of the diaper! Oh I miss that.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Oh bless you. How quickly they turn from babies into full-blown little girls, and little boys…

  • Reply Mindy @ New Equus August 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Kris watching your kids grow is a bitter sweet thing…grab this time with both hands because it goes so fast! And yes…she does sound four and not two! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Oh I am grabbibg hold tight! thanks, Mindy for stopping by. What grace to see you here.

  • Reply Amy Hunt August 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

    This is beautiful. Worship in the letting go and grow.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Amen, my sweet friend. In each moment turning it all into worship… at least, always trying… xxoo Praying for you!

  • Reply Beth August 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    “Everything changes and some days I want to nail the minutes to the floor, to rip the hands right off the clock and still this phase a moment longer–” amen and amen! I always enjoy your 5 Minute Friday posts!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you Beth, it’s such a blessing to be encouraged by you.

  • Reply Jamie Bennett August 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    You wrote a beautiful Five Minutes :) It really does go quickly, doesn’t it? I’m grateful everyday that I’ve had the opportunity to stay home and be readily available to my girls their whole lives. Motherhood is indeed the greatest of gifts. One of my favorite quotes says it all:

    β€œMaking the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” -Elizabeth Stone

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you Jamie for such a thoughtful comment. And that’s a great quote, I have seen that somewhere before… so true!!

  • Reply Annie | annieathome.com August 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Oh, Kris. Nailing minutes to the floor. You know this is right where I am. Thank you for this friend. Glad to know I’m not alone, and thankful for the way you turn always, to the alleluias. Really. Thank you.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Annie, I cant really tell you what your encouragement means to me, just know it’s a lot. A whole LOT! Love to you, may your weekend be rich with joy and restorative moments in Him, may you abide and rest in his loving mercy.

  • Reply Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand August 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    This whole post is gorgeous, Kris. I *love* this: ” she’s two and that phrase sounds so very four to me.” Yes, our children change at an outrageous rate, don’t they? And most of that is exciting, some of it’s scary. All of it beautiful, yes?

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      yes, it’s a perfect combination of scary and exciting. I just keep praying that God would give me gthe strength to react and grow appropriately myself. Hoping your little family is doing well…. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Lori August 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Oh my! Your last paragraph almost brought me to tears…”How blessed am I that I get to walk along with them…” That is so how I feel these days…mine are 13 and 15. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings!

  • Reply Christine- Fruit in Season August 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    “…some days I want to nail the minutes to the floor…” YES! Me too. They take my breath away, yours and mine. I’m so glad to share this with you, to share our kids, too. Love you!

  • Reply Michele-Lyn September 1, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Beautiful. Love your mama’s heart. My littlest is 2 also. It’s amazing how the baby grows so fast because of the older ones :) I love so many lines of this… many other readers did too :) Just lovely.

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