Friday, March 25, 2011

Gone Living


Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.
Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.
One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face
into the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the
sky and want, more than all the world, your return.

~ Mary Jean Iron

My kids are on their spring break from school
and I want to relish my time with them.....
Normal days that all too soon, will be gone.

I won't be posting while they are off, but I
may be writing and I may be able to sneak
in a visit to see those of you who write blogs.
But, I  may not.  

I want to be present for long walks 
and long talks; snuggling in to watch movies or 
play board games; for pushing up our sleeves
to create in the kitchen or kicking back
to read books.....for living on their time,
not mine.

Normal things and normal days that all
too soon I know that I will be longing for.

So, look for me next week.

And until then, embrace your normal
days.....for they are far sweeter than
any of us can really know, 
while we are living them.

xx
Suzanne



58 comments:

Lisa said...

Enoy making memories with your precious family

x

Kristin said...

Dear Suzanne, this is so wonderful to read! This is so important, and it makes me happy to know that more people are thinking like this. Have some wonderful days together!!!!

xoxo

Kristin said...

And the photo....SO BEAUTIFUL!

Joanna said...

Love that poem, so very true.

Enjoy your time with your sweet family - looking forward to hearing what you get up to.

xx

Marie said...

I hope you have a wonderful time with your children during their break! Times spent together with family are truly the most special times of all!! xxoo

Susan T said...

What lovely writing Suzanne - so true.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Now that is a plan dearest. My spring break starts on Monday and I want to take that time to snuggle with Ruben, read with him, read my poetry, write, draw and just chill. This time for YOU is so special and what a darling group you have! YOU ARE SO PRETTY, ALL 'A Y'ALL!!!!! BLESSINGS to you for a magnificent and memorable time, Anita

Jane said...

Ah, Suzanne, you definitely have your priorities in the right order. Treasure your moments, Lovely. J x

paige said...

truer words were never spoken.
have a wonderful & sweet time with your loved ones this week
xo

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Your children are blessed to have you for a mother! I know you'll create some lovely memories this week. Enjoy them, for they do grow up so fast. We'll miss you, but know you'll come back next week rejuvenated and happy to be exactly where you are. Have a wonderful week, Suzanne!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Enjoy your time with your family. As i said before, it is the most important thing. Cheers

traci said...

i love that quote. enjoy your time with the kids suzanne.

Lisa said...

Enjoy spring break with your kiddos Suzanne! What a beautiful family you have.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Good morning Suzanne dear,

You, and they, deserve this special time together. Yippee!

I WAS in the twin cities last spring on book tour and when working for Lands' End. Dang it.

Sending love and best wishes,

Sharon

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh that poem! It is the rare collection of words that has captured my heart. I had to roll it over my tongue twice.

It is a true gift to see the extraordinary in normal days. Treasure them.

I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures on the Decor To Adore blog in preparation for my trip to France at the end of April.

Have fun on your break!

Mona Thompson said...

So sweet and so true. Have a delightful time with your children!

deborah said...

it's true. i'm living and feeling those same things. loving the everyday in every day. btw, such a cozy family shot. :)

Stitchfork said...

Enjoy the special days of family time together!
xo Cathy

Snappy Di said...

Have fun and bring us back so me fun photos of your memories.

Di

Biz said...

Good for you!
I love that Mary Jean Iron quote.
Where on earth do you find all your wonderful quotes?
Be Blessed this week with family, rest and relaxation!
Biz

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad you are embracing these special times, they do go by way too quickly! Enjoy your time together!

Kat :)

1 Funky Woman said...

Enjoy your time with your kiddos! Have a fun, adventure filled week!

Megan

lisaroyhandbags said...

Enjoy your precious days with your kids - time goes by so fast! I was walking home from the mall today in the bright sunshine, new sneakers on my feet, flowers in bloom and a coolish spring breeze gently blowing and I thought about savouring every bit of this gorgeous day. And then I read your blog! great minds! xo

Traci said...

Enjoy your days with you kids. Those regular days just go too darn fast...darn them!

Gretchen said...

What a great and filled with truth blog post. It's sad that more Mom's aren't raising their kid's with this attitude. One thing I've learned is that when teenagers want your time, its important to be available at a whim. Last night was one of those times for me when my daughter actually asked me to stay in her room to talk. So thankful I've changed, challenged myself to be present and when she is yearning for my presence to give it to her. Like you mention, my time and your time home with or kids is drawing nigh. It doesn't hardly seem possible that my Emily will already be a Senior, and is alteady looking at colleges. :( As parents we need to value our time God has privileged us with the care of our precious children. Enjoy your Spring break.
Gretchen

LuLu said...

Oh Suzanne such a lovely photo of your sweet family! Savor and enjoy your time!!!! Our break hasn't started yet, but i can't wait to have them all home too!!
xo,
LuLu

Jeanie said...

What a fabulous family photo! I don't blame you for wanting to spend every minute with them -- that time goes way too fast and you'll never regret it!

quintessence said...

Good for you!! Have a wonderful time with your family and I'll look forward to seeing you back here soon!

Carol @ A Bird in Hand said...

I love your post and the opening poem. Words to live by, for sure. Enjoy a wonderful Spring Break with the kiddies!!
xoCarol

pollydove said...

What a darling picture of your family! Enjoy this time ... ;)

SHERRY HART said...

Enjoy your week with family. That is the most important thing you can do.....

A Rosy Note said...

Sounds like the perfect plan Suzanne. Enjoy yourself.

Kat said...

Love this! Have a wonderful week enjoying your sweet family! xx kat

Ticking and Toile said...

ooh you nailed it girl! Boy do we ever need to cherish the ordinary day....and soak up each moment....thanks for the wonderful reminder. :)

xo,
Shellagh

Teacup Moments said...

Suzanne, what a great reminder to actually go out there and be present for our loved ones. I shall do the same on my daughter's spring break next week. And that family photo is too too precious!

Olive Cooper said...

amen sister...embrace the sweet life

Linda said...

Beautiful post, Suzanne...enjoy your special times together!

Rene said...

As usual, you said it beautifully Suzanne. Enjoy your normal time and thank heavens you see the importance. Yes, we will miss those days sooner than we think.

Deborah said...

Carpe Diem~seize the day!
You're right, it will not return again.
Enjoy your precious moments with your sweet family ...you are all so beautiful!
Love this tender fanily photo!
Love your music too xo

Deborah xoxoxo

hometown girl said...

sounds like a beautiful idea! enjoy your time with them! i have a little surprise for you if you get a chance to pop over to my blog! xo susan

koralee said...

Oh my friend...have a great week. I am so trying to soak every minute of my spring break up with family and friends. xoxoxoox hugs

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Are you going to do a post about raising wonderful teenagers? We will be entering that territory soon... XOL

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning, Suzanne...so glad I can finally access this post. For some reason I couldn't last week...kept trying!

So glad you're taking time to BE with your family. I'll be doing the same during our spring break--won't be for a few weeks yet.

Hope you're enjoying every single family-soaked moment, my friend...see you when you get back.

Julie

pretty pink tulips said...

Suzanne,
I love seeing those bright, shining faces in your family! You are SO right. The normal days are too precious to not embrace fully!!!

I tried to post while on break, but it was hard to get around to see my favorites...and I just relaxed and let it go.

Enjoy the snuggles and the laughter. Looking forward to seeing you next week!

xoxo Elizabeth

Melissa said...

i truly love you and all your ways...i feel sooo *together* whenever i have a cup of tea over here...your love for your family is what lays in my heart for mine...
sooo wonderful to see you all together...your kiddos are totally your husband and you...i know you are blessed...m xxxxx

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

It goes all too quickly, so you're very wise to cherish the time. I still try to make myself totally available when Kate's home for a visit. Spring and summer breaks used to be my favorite times of the year.
Best,
Susan

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I love the words...
and I adore the joyful photo of you and yours.

Love across the miles,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Indie.Tea said...

I hope you have a lovely Spring break. Full of love and lots of...spring!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Suzanne,
Love this photo of your family! I hope you are having a fantastic time doing everything...and nothing!
xo,
~R

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Enjoy your family...there's nothing better.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Just to say that I know you're not writing but I'm MISSING your posts. xxxxxx I hope you're having a really great time with your kiddywinks.

Sarahx

Joanna Jenkins said...

A break with then the kids are around is an excellent idea. Enjoy, jj

paperbird said...

this is such a beautifu family photograph.
each face so beautiful and filled with happiness.

enjoy this time.
i love it best when school is out and my babes are home!

Alicia said...

hey suzanne, hope you're having a great week with your kiddos...just wanted to let you know i'm finally following along with you...i come over and then forget to follow, then forget to come back...you get it :) but every time i'm here, i'm blessed...so i'm finally following now!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Enjoy every normal and the surprising not normal moment on your vacation. Loved this post, Suzanne.

Fondly,
Glenda

Karena said...

Suzanne the most beautiful family in the world! I hope you enjoy the break and have some fun times together!! Hope to see you soon!

Do come and enter my Giveaway from the Zhush!!You will love it!

xoxo
Karena
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Kathysue said...

Suzanne what a beautiful family, enjoy your time it does go by in a fleeting moment!!!xo Kathysue

Lili said...

Such a truly powerful message on here. I LOVE that you have reminded us to treasure the normal! This was beautiful and I love your family picture. xo ~Lili