Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hands Free Mama

Since my little Joshua passed away, I have been drawn to different people who live there life in the moment.  Sometimes, this can be an overwhelming concept, especially when you feel the need to get everything done. 

As I was looking at my pinterest, I was drawn to a post that lead me to a wonderful blog called "Hands Free Mama," by Rachel Stafford.  As I started looking through it, I realized the whole blog was about a mother's journey to enjoying the little things of her children, but doing it not even day by day, but moment by moment.  The part of her philosphy that really stood out to me was when she mentioned that sometimes, there are other things that need to be done right now.  Those are times when you tell your child "just a minute" and keep working.  However, there are other times when the laundry can get folded later or the bathroom can stay dirty for another hour.  During those times, we can decide to play cars or dolls first, before the chores. 

I realized that living a "hands free life" was really not that difficult.  It was simply recognizing there is a choice and making a conscience decision.  I was excited to ponder this new way of thinking and it has really made an impact in my life over the last month.  I not only find myself spending more QUALITY time with my son, but when I have to get things done, he is not so desperate for my attention.  It has been a win-win! 

Some of the things I have been able to enjoy with Logan since I started doing this have been:

Playing in the toy department at the grocery store for a little bit of time. 

Lining up toy cars...we figured out how long we could make the line with ALL our cars!

Pointing out the trees and birds while eating breakfast. 

Hearing that little laugh!

Our life with our children and family is precious and very short. You really don't know how much time you have with them.  I hope we can each take a few minutes and read more about Rachel's philosophy and maybe try to choose one moment a day to be "hands free." As my mom put so perfectly just now, "this is the life that keeps you from ever feeling guilty."

Be sure to visit Hands Free Mama!  I hope you enjoy visiting as much as I have!

1 comment:

  1. Stephanie, this is so beautiful! I am truly honored to know that my writings have impacted you and your family in such a positive way! You nailed it when you said being Hands Free is not really that difficult--it's about being aware of your choices and making the one that will enable you to grasp what really matters! I adore the examples you used. They so beautifully illustrate that special memories and moments can happen in short durations of time when we simply take a moment to be present and attentive. I am so touched to be included in your inspiring site! You are an inspiration! Thank you much for blessing me today.

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Joshua Kent Ipson was born December 1, 2012 with a very complicated combination of congenital heart defects. After 2 1/2 months of fighting for his life, he passed away on February 13, 2013. We invite you to share our experiences as we grieve his loss, rejoice in God's plan, & keep Joshua's message of hope alive.
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