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Living in the moment

Last summer at Little Sebago lake in Maine

Summer has been moving forward fast and furious around here. Sometimes it is downright overwhelming and exhausting as I try to cram things I want to do (like blogging or sewing or reading other people’s blogs or just lying on the grass eating Dove bars) on top of what needs to be done for 4 busy kids. Don’t get me wrong, summer has been a lot of fun with a lot of happy memories and many more still to make in these last 3 1/2 weeks before school starts. Seriously. Three and a half weeks.

I recently came across this quote again. It’s one that haunts me a little:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.”

–Anna Quindlen (Loud and Clear [2004], 10–11)

And so I am officially putting blogging and etsy-selling on the back burner until after school starts so I can do a little better at ‘living in the moment’. And I feel good about that decision. I’ll still throw out the random post now and then. And after debating the issue, I think I’ll keep my etsy store open (it’s such a pathetic little thing at the moment anyway), but only ship orders on a few pre-posted dates. I am planning a big etsy-update-extravaganza at the end of August though. It should be very thrilling.

In the meantime, friends, enjoy your own glorious remaining weeks of summer!

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25 Comments

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    Quilt Nut
    July 28, 2009 at 1:12 am

    fabulous quote and an excellent one for parents to remember. thanx for sharing that and enjoy your last few weeks of summer vacation

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    Lizzie
    July 28, 2009 at 1:32 am

    I look at my grandchildren and think &#39;when did they get that big&#39;! So, nothing changes we just have to learn the lessons and live one day at a time. Enjoy the rest of your school holidays, time enough for other things later. <br />Lizzie<br />XX

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    Terry
    July 28, 2009 at 5:18 am

    I love that quote! I try to tell myself to enjoy the moment as much as I can, but so often life just gets in the way. Thanks for the reminder! :0)

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    Knitlee
    July 28, 2009 at 6:04 am

    What a wonderful quote! With two grown boys-ages 24 and 19 summer is just not the same-they are off busy doing other things (with friends) and I often wonder how many of the &quot;in the moments&quot; I missed because of dinner, bath, etc. Enjoy the remainder of your summer!

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    Petit Debutant
    July 28, 2009 at 6:10 am

    that is one of my7 favorite quotes thanks for reminding me!

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    DeeRoo
    July 28, 2009 at 6:20 am

    I am just the opposite and looking forward to the fall….our daughter graduated from WVU in May is is taking off a year before going to grad school at GMU and so she is home and working and saving for that said grad school. These past 8 years (4 HS,4 college) have been so busy for her because of her involvement in Marching Band and classes so there are a lot of things we haven&#39;t been able

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    paulette
    July 28, 2009 at 6:28 am

    You sound like a fantastic mom who knows what to appreciate! Enjoy your girls! Time goes too quickly not to savour the moment!<br />Take care!<br />Paulette

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    Lori Sume
    July 28, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Love the photo of the girls and the quote. i wish i remember more things of when i was a child.

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    Nedra
    July 28, 2009 at 7:28 am

    I agree. those moments go too fast. And three weeks will speed by. We only have two weeks left, and I only have one child at home who will be a Senior this year. Where did the time go?

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    The Quilt Buddy
    July 28, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Thanks for reminding us about what is really important in life! I know that I am guilty of &quot;mommy scheduling&quot; and I forget to just haave fun. So thanks for reminding us!<br /><br />Enjoy the end of the summer!

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    angela
    July 28, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I love that! I constantly have to remind myself that it is the journey, not the destination….Here&#39;s to enjoying the journey!

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    Mauri
    July 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Good for you Amy. I love the quote. This summer has seriously gone by so fast! I look back on it and think what have we even done?! I&#39;d better use these last few weeks to live in the moment as well. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Sarah
    July 28, 2009 at 8:54 am

    that looks lovely

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    Kim
    July 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Please don&#39;t tell me school starts in less than 4 weeks. It&#39;s in the back of my head that it&#39;s coming fast but I&#39;m trying to be in denial right now and enjoy the moment. Lol! It&#39;s gone really fast and furious and we&#39;ve crammed in a lot of fun stuff and Kenna has played her heart out. We went school shopping yesterday with her friend and she seems excited and ready to take

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    Patricia
    July 28, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Beautiful quote. And good for you!! We&#39;ll still be here when you came back.<br />Have a good time.

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    Annette
    July 28, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Wonderful sentiments. Thanks for helping me to remember that. Time goes by so fast, sometimes I wish I could hang on to it a little bit longer. But there are great memories to cherish if we create them.

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    americanfamily
    July 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for reminding me of what&#39;s truly important. Luv ya friend!

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    Quilt Hollow
    July 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Yes, a wonderful quote and they grow so fast…..way too fast! I still remember when they were toddlers; I&#39;d daydream the day when they were old enough to do it all themselves. Shame on me!

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    Patty
    July 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Time does go by very fast. Seems like only a few years ago mine was just starting to walk now he&#39;s 18 and seems to be always walking out my door… enjoy your kids. They&#39;re the best thing to have happened to you.

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    dotti white
    July 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    You definitely have your priorities right! You are very blessed to have your little ones! Enjoy your wonderful moments with them!

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    Sherri
    July 29, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I love that quote…thanks for sharing it again…I probably should hang it up somewhere so I can be reminded more often. Have a wonderful rest of the summer! I always look forward to your posts…but there is plenty of time for that in the fall!

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    Amy - Park City Girl
    July 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Great photograph! I am doing my best to live in the moment too – now for a Dove bar! yum 🙂

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    July 30, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Well I know that quote is true. I think all parents feel like we don&#39;t enjoy the moment quite enough. Unfortunately life is so daily that it becomes hard to do that many times. I found that once my kids got to about 10 time sped up. Weird. I know.

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    Pamela
    July 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Good advice. I need to take it more to heart and love these last few weeks of summer.

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    Mixing Bowl Mama
    August 5, 2009 at 11:44 am

    What a wonderful quote. I think I need to do a little more &quot;be in the moment myself&quot;. Thanks for sharing.

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