Thursday, February 26, 2009

I wish time could take a break Just for a while.

I have been having a hard time lately with my children getting older. I feel like life is rushing by us with no time to stop and smell the roses. Last night it was really strange to be home just with Ben wile the rest of my children were at various activities at church. It is just hard for me to wrap my head around them being so old now.
I look at this picture and feels like a life time ago that they were all so young and sweet. They all loved me they all needed me and they all would let me dress them all so cute still. This picture was taken about 6 years ago. No Ben and no William yet.
I then look at this picture taken only 3 years go and 3 years after the first picture, I look it and think it will never be like this again.
I will never have all 8 of my children together on earth. I also look at with fond memories of how happy we were that Christmas. It was truly a special time in our lives. Even thoe William had to go home to our Heavenly Father I am glad we had him and the time we got to spend with him on earth. I love and miss him terribly every day I miss being the family in this picture.
Here we are now It's crazy to see the girls all as tall or taller than me. They all have there own way they dress and do there own things for the most part. Kadie still lives with us half the year but we hardly see her. I just cant believe how much things can change in just 6 years. It makes think whats going to happen in the next 6 years.

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20 comments:

Sarah C. said...

Wonderful photos! :) I feel your pain in a different sort of way - I keep wishing my pregnancy to go slower so I can just enjoy these little moments. I'm terrified when my little guy arrives, life will pass by in a whirlwind. I want to hold onto and cherish every tiny moment.

shaina said...

I agree. Things change so quickly when you look back..but when you are in the middle of it, you don't notice it.
Love you.

Elizabeth said...

I love all the photos. Sorry you are sad. I know a little of how you feel. My oldest Christian just went to his first dance and boy did I feel old.

I'm Always Rite said...

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how quickly life is passing. My munchkins change everyday. I've decided that all I can do is appreciate every second I have with them. They get cooler and cooler everyday. I do not pine for their younger days, and I look forward to everything ahead. :)

Susi said...

Jenn, you make me teary! Maybe it's just all the hormones in me right now?

I remember so many of these exact stages! I remember being at your wedding. I remember when Kadie was born! I remember all the excitement with your new baby announcements. I recognize the first picture was taken here in Logan when you came to visit me. I remember the blessing that Dale was able to come home from overseas to be there for you all and little William. Each moment is tender. I may not be right next door to you. But this I know: You have been a very positive example in my life. Thank you so much! I look forward to the joys we will have with our little ones and pray I can do as well as you and Dale have. I love you guys!

Martha (aka Yvette) said...

great pictures, how weird I kinda wrote about the same thing today. I wish time would take a break toooo!!!

Yaya said...

(((Hugs))) for William.

These pictures are adorable!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Great pictures. I know what you mean about the kids growing up. I only have the two and don't know where the time went. I have to remind myself how I felt when I was their ages so that my feelings don't get hurt when they don't come home as often as I would like them to.

Rayna said...

That was fun looking at your photos! I wish I had so many family photos. I use to be better at that. Right now means so much to each of us. It's hard to imagine what the future holds for our families!

Ter said...

I agree, so much has changed in the last 6 years for me too. I was engaged, got married, was pregnant, lost a baby and became a widow all in 6 years.

The Blonde Duck said...

It's crazy what a difference a year makes.

Susie said...

Kids are born to grow up and break a mother's heart. It's the bittersweet truth of motherhood.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such sweet comments! I hope to see you back there soon:-)

Cherie said...

I feel what you are going through. I am just a little bit ahead of you.
My third will be leaving for college this summer. I still have thoughts like this and sometimes it is weird to not have the family together everyday.
One thing that hits you is when all of your kids are not listed in the ward directory anymore - Holy Smokes!
One great thing to look forward to is going through the Temple with your kids someday. It kind of brings it all full circle in a way.
Change is hard, especially with the kiddos.
Sending you a {{{hug}}}

Karen and Matt said...

Things do change so quickly, and sometimes it's hard to deal with it. Just enjoy the moment. Fun to see those pictures too! I love your family!!! =)

I am Harriet said...

Hi.
I enjoyed your post.
I'm just stopping by via SITS.
TGIF!

Meg said...

My son is 2 and I think he growing up too fast, too!

Came over via SITS

Sharon Larson said...

Oh, Jennifer, you make me want to cry... but I love what you said (every bit of it). With my girls all grown up and out of the house, they still need me, and I am thankful for that. As far as William is concerned, I somewhat know your longing. And we will see those beautiful babies again in heaven. I want so badly to hold my Granddaughter, and I know my time will come. I just want you to know my heart goes out to you! My feelings are similar for you as they are for my daughter who lost her baby girl (it was the same year you lost William). It was probably the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I mourned that Baby girl and as a Mom, I wanted to fix this horrible time for my daughter, but it is in Gods hands not mine. I believe that as much as I wanted her here, God wanted her home more and she came and did what she was suppose to do in this world.
I am sorry I carried on so, just know I am thinking about you.
Love Sharon

Yarni Gras! said...

Your photos and the story is wonderful. Just last night I was so depressed b/c our son is turning 13 on Sunday. It just brings tears to my eyes. I'm simply not ready. He towers over me now.... and I know soon he will slip away from those hugs we have daily....

Nicole said...

What great memories! It's hard to imagine your kids getting older. Then you look back and wonder where time went!

shelia said...

all those old sayings about time flying are just too true. Thanks for the reminder to treasure every moment...because they are gone so fast!