Five Minute Friday


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–



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.


Hold me.

Joining Lisa-Jo and fabulous others for a five minute write. Why don’t you give it a try?

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  • sarahannrogers

    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.

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • soulstops

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

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Wendy

    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!

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Robin

    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!


    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Alene Snodgrass

    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.

    • Kris Camealy

      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.

  • Loni

    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!

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Alia Boston Hagenbach

    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.

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • lindseyfoj

    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!!!

    • Kris Camealy

      :) 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!

  • KimberlyCoyle

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

    • Kris Camealy

      Thanks, Kimberly. Bless you!

  • Denise Oldham

    Sweet blessings upon you.

    • Kris Camealy

      And to you, Denise.

  • Mary Bonner

    I love reading your posts like this one!

    • Kris Camealy

      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.

      • Mary Bonner

        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!

        • Kris Camealy

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

  • StefanieYoungBrown

    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!

    • Kris Camealy

      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˜‰

  • Jana |

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

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Mary Beth

    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.

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Tara_pohlkottepress

    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!}

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Nikki

    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˜‰

    • Kris Camealy

      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˜‰

  • Amy Tilson

    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.

    • Kris Camealy

      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.

  • ro elliott

    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~

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Tresta @

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

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Mindy @ New Equus

    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˜‰

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Amy Hunt

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

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Beth

    “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!

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Jamie Bennett

    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

    • Kris Camealy

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

  • Annie |

    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.

    • Kris Camealy

      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.

  • Caroline @UnderGod’sMightyHand

    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?

    • Kris Camealy

      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˜‰

  • Lori

    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.

  • Christine- Fruit in Season

    “…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!

  • Michele-Lyn

    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.