It's the little moments in life that matter - I'm sure that's something that we've all heard at one point or another in our lives. In the two months that I've become a mother of two babies, all wrapped up in the haze of new motherhood, I've begun to fully understand the meaning behind these words. I've learned that not everything can be perfect all day long, nor do the hard moments last forever. Our days are filled with some really tough moments - like when you have two crying babies to put to sleep and they're both fighting it. But those tough moments are immediately offset by looking at your two sleeping angels asleep in their beds, and you can't help but think about how lucky you are - even though moments before you've felt like you're at the end of your rope.
As in motherhood, all relationships are essentially built off of those little things. Recently one of my girlfriends came to my house and dropped off my birthday present and I was so surprised - because I'd essentially forgotten about my birthday altogether. This present was essentially a basket filled with things that reminded her of me - including a coffee mug saying "mom life" (because as a mom I need ALL of the coffee), a book decoration because she knows I'm a bookworm a beautiful candle that reminded her of my preferred style of decorating, and chocolate because she's and angel. Such a thoughtful gift literally brought tears to my eyes, hormones MAY have had a little something to do with it. But what I didn't tell her is that it also brought tears to my eyes because I'm human and recently I've felt a little lonely. I don't know about you but there are days in my life where I go to bed thinking about how blessed I am to have all of these people in my life, but other nights where I feel quite alone and feel like I don't have a friend in the world. This present is one of those little things that reminds us that we are all loved, we are all worthy and someone is always thinking of us.
So these little things, these little moments are essentially what make life up. Looking back at vacations, trips, experiences - we tend to focus on the positive rather than the negative. It's what keeps us wanting to continue traveling - to continue growing. However, being the type A person that I am and have always been- I find that I'm sometimes really hard on myself and set unrealistic expectations expecting perfection during all times, during all moments. So this is my reminder to myself that I need to be more forgiving of myself, that I'm doing a good job. I'll look back on these years and remember how kind my eldest daughter is, how loving and caring she is and how much she loves her little sister. I'll remember those newborn smiles, the hugs and kisses from our little babes and the support I have from my wonderful husband. That this is all part of the journey that makes up life and that these little moments are essentially what life is made of.