Five-Minute Friday: Grateful

Today I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo for Five-Minute Friday. So, grab a timer, set it for five minutes, and join me!

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, overthinking, or backtracking. Just write. Then leave some comment love for the person who linked up before you…and anyone else because that’s the fun and the heart of the community!

Today’s prompt: Grateful


This little girl is going to finish PK3 next Thursday. Hold me, ’cause I hardly know what to do with it all.

I’ll never forget the first day of PK last August. It was an emotional day, one when the tears just flowed. I was honestly surprised that I cried, but when I think about it…well, it doesn’t surprise me anymore.

I get it now…how quickly the days go, how the months seem to fly, how they just grow so fast. It’s sweet and it’s sad, but it’s all good.

This thing called mommyhood…the beautiful gift wrapped in love and crazy and hugs, a bit more crazy and even more love…well, it’s wonderful. Sometimes it feels like a wreck, especially on the days when the temper tantrums abound…but at the end of the day, yep.

My heart just bleeds gratitude. And so much LOVE.

I’m so grateful that I get to raise this girl. I feel so lucky. And even more blessed.

Last week we were playing with my phone. Lately it’s been a struggle to get her to actually look at the camera and smile at the same time…but the first thing she wanted to do?

Mommy, let’s take selfies! (Yes, she knows that word…ScArY.) 😉

And so we took a string of them. Some smiley, some goofy, some sweet…and the quality of them is terrible because I didn’t take the time to adjust the flash, check the lighting, or even to wipe the smudged makeup from the corners of my eyes. I just snapped the memories, and to me…well, they’re perfect memories.

And that sweet afternoon lives in my heart forever, too…and I’m so grateful.

Grateful that He chose me to be her mama and that we get to spend our days together. The tears threaten to spill over when I think of the years that are flying, but I wouldn’t trade a bit of it.

Thank you, Father, for my girl. :)

I am so very blessed.


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  1. The selfies of you and your daughter are beautiful. I have two daughters and a son all under the age of five. I am so grateful for each of them. I love watching them grow and seeing the uniqueness and individuality of each of their personalities. I am stopping by from Five Minute Friday. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  2. So Beautiful!!! The time does fly… and I am way ahead of you on this journey – but I assure you, I wouldn’t trade a bit of it either! (Even those hard parts… for they make us stronger, closer even – if we let them!) Love you and LOVE seeing your beautiful Self(ies)

  3. Sweet pictures! Enjoy every minute, Mel, because you are right…they are over before you know it! :-)

  4. The time does sure fly. I can’t believe my girl turned 7 this week. I love the joy that radiates from your posts.

    • Thanks, friend! It sounds like your trip to Chicago was a blast…we’ll have to meet up next time. Or, who knows? Maybe I’ll take a little road trip down your way someday. :) (((hugs)))

  5. Oh you got me so teary eyed. I miss those days when my son was so wee and so cute. He is still absolutely my darling. I love the time we have now and I cherish each moment that I have, but with him being 19 years old, my heart also aches over the fact that he is just that much closer to being away from home. I guess what I miss most is having so many young years ahead. :) Thanks for sharing!

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