The kind, white-haired woman at the grocery store coffee shop was our cashier again, like she often is. We started making small talk, like we always do.
So, how old is she now?
18 months... no, 19 months. The months pass so quickly!
Oh trust me, your life will go by in the blink of an eye.
I can imagine. This week I packed up Evangeline's 6-12 month clothes and I couldn't believe I was storing away the baby clothes of our third baby.
Just savor every moment.
I try to... but I can't believe how much I've already forgetten. My mom's in town and she'll say "Remember when J said this or remember when Indi did that?" and sometimes I don't. They're things I thought I'd never forget. I guess I'll need to write more of it down.
Just try to live in the moment with your kids. Soak it all in. And don't spend too much time behind the camera. Sometimes that can hinder the experiencing of it all.
As my mom and I walked out to the parking lot I told her how much I love getting warm advice from mothers who are now grandmothers, maybe even great-grandmothers. It's an encouragement to me. This woman offered me great advice. But the part about the camera got me thinking. I absolutely treasure the photos I've taken of my kids along the way. Treasure them. But these days I find myself behind my camera less and less. On one hand, I disappoint myself. At Jude's kindergarten camp out, I didn't shoot a single picture (Dan took only a handful). My aunt and cousin were in town a few weeks ago and we took a few photos, but not many. My mom was just here and I didn't take any of her with the kids. On the other hand, I'm glad to be living in the moment, unencumbered by my big bulky camera. For me, being behind the camera can sometimes detract from the experience.
I'm finding that I'm using my cell phone more and more often to capture those spur of the moment photos that I would otherwise miss, being I rarely lug around my camera anymore. Like this one.
So the quality isn't perfect, but hey, I can make out who they are. I'm kidding... kind of.
What do you think? Do you like to capture as many moments as possible on camera? Or have your parents come and gone without you snapping a single picture? Is my new friend at the grocery store on to something?