Today is a very special day in our household. It marks the beginning of the school years for our family. Penny starts kindergarten today. This milestone certainly feels bittersweet. I am so proud of the little girl she’s become and I’m excited for her to learn and grow.
The other day I was remembering back to those early baby days. Those days with Penny were such a struggle. Some day I’ll write about them, but let me summarize for you – 10 day stay in the NICU, many, many doctors appointments, and surgery at 11 weeks old. It brings tears to my eyes that she’s such a vibrant and strong and dramatic little girl now. You’d have no idea what her early months looked like! It makes my heart so very happy.
But, her early time flew by. FLEW BY. I didn’t get to savor it in the same way I have with Juliet. I was worried for her health for a long time and I didn’t stop to be present with her in those moments. I was still learning how to be a mom and I rushed those early milestones. I just couldn’t wait for the next thing.
Cut to today where I would gladly slow down every single milestone for both girls. I know I’ll blink and they’ll be grown up. Every single parent has told me that’s what happens. While I can’t slow down time, I can enjoy every single minute of each stage. So as Penny enters this new stage, the quote above feels so very appropriate.
The same is true for our own lives. Whether you’re a parent or not, we’ve got to make the most of the time that we have. We’ve got to savor the moments and get on our way so we fully live our lives without regrets for what we didn’t do. So, get on your way!