The Years Are Short…

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 9, 2012

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We have children to raise -

Let’s build self-esteem first, and the house later.
Let’s finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
We should do less correcting and more connecting.
Let’s take our eyes off our watch, and watch with our eyes.
Let’s take more hikes and fly more kites.
Let’s stop playing serious, and seriously play.
We should run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
Let’s do more hugging and less tugging.

~Adapted from Diane Loomans’ “If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again”

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Andrew May 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

great post, back to playing now.
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Lucy May 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

Great Post!!
They do grow so quickly – much too quickly.
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Lolli @ Better in Bulk May 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I agree! And wow! Your baby is growing up so fast! I can’t believe how big he looks!
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Chaley-Ann Scott May 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Great post and a good reminder to be ‘present’ in mind and body when the kids are around! I am off to play legos!

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Giselle May 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Time is definitely very fast and see how big your baby is.. You have a great family and maybe after a year, you can post another new family picture for us..
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alissa May 11, 2012 at 5:42 am

The next thing you know they are away for college and you miss them so bad :(
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Andrea Smith May 12, 2012 at 1:23 am

Sometimes, the years just go by and look over the people that we love.. and we just realize that they are all grown up,ready to move out of the house and start life on their own… so we should cherish each moment as they happen in our lives
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Roy Brown May 15, 2012 at 4:47 am

This is the most inspiring post I’ve seen today. I think this could also connect with your husband or partner. Having a husband is also like raising children although not everything has to apply but, you know, some parts it’s like raising a kid, as well.
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Frances B May 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Time flies so fast when we’re enjoying it, right? Look at your baby! He grew so fast! He looks so adorable I wanna hug him right now!

Thanks for sharing!

-Frances
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Gina May 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I think I just found my new favorite quote! Great find!
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Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy May 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I love this!

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Jenn @Therebelchick May 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

I love this little poem!
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Chele May 17, 2012 at 8:03 am

Love this! WE often forget how quick our children grow up. Thanks for the reminder!
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Jessica @FoundtheMarbles May 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

I needed to read that today. Thanks. :)
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Dresden May 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

So true. LOVE IT!
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Sherry May 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Great post it goes by too quick. Thank for the reminder!

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Michelle Royo May 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

Your children are cute and always looking happy. If I had children like them, I’ll probably be as nostalgic as you! These are really beautiful and inspiring photos. Keep sharing us your wonderful memories.

Thanks!
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ConnieFoggles May 23, 2012 at 12:57 am

You’ve got me crying now. I love this and the photos.
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Murphy May 24, 2012 at 3:29 am

The next thing they tell you is that they are going to college and away from home :(
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