relish the charms of the present . . .

I truly am not one to wax poetic about motherhood.  I suppose I feel like so many others do a much better job and it’s not necessary for me to get all sentimental, but here is a slice of my heart from this week.  Vivi started her two morning a week “school” and I was truly excited and not a bit misty-eyed over the whole thing – until I read my devotion from Jen Hatmaker’s book the night before her first day, and I suddenly became a bucket of tears.  I am excited about what Vivi will learn this year, and I think it is going to be good for her in many ways, but it is also a reminder that she’s just going to keep growing.  So maybe tuck this away in your heart somewhere, too.

For the record, I study her sweet little feet quite frequently.

(And, p.s. I went with the penguin and Vivi adores it!)

16 Responses to “relish the charms of the present . . .”

  1. The New Diplomats Wife says:

    what a touching sentiment…have been feeling this way too – it goes by so fast.

  2. caseyj610 says:

    How sweet. We have an almost 4 month old…and I already see the truth in this. LOVE your bangs….very tempting. Tell me, how much work are they?

    • Joni Lay says:

      Thanks, Casey! They are so fun! Not much work at all, really. The only annoying part is keeping them trimmed, but it’s not such a big deal. I usually go every three weeks to get them trimmed, and it only takes a couple of minutes – the challenge is finding time in the day with a toddler.:) Totally made me feel better post baby – I found I was always just pulling my hair up and not fixing it, but having bangs makes me feel more “together” and encourages me to do a little something with my hair, other than just getting it out of the way!!

  3. Genevieve says:

    So special, Joni. you are a wonderful mother!

  4. Heather says:

    This is so sweet and heartwarming for this momma to be. :) A lovely quotable.

  5. I adore this and sometimes it’s just good to wax poetic ;) thank you for sharing!!!

  6. I love this post and this picture of you and your daughter. So sweet. :)

  7. Coryann says:

    OMG, Vivien going to school! How on earth did that happen so quickly? She really has blossomed into such a sweet little girl : )

  8. Marlene says:

    I love this post. I am a new mommy and I am already feeling the time go by way too fast. I would love to know how you made the picture look vintage and how you added the text. I need some artwork for my nursery and would love to do this to a picture of me and my baby.

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hi Marlene! Thanks so much for your kind words! I used a Photoshop filter, and I use Photoshop & Illustrator to add text, but Instagram (iPhone app) can do a similar look for you, and I believe there are some apps you can download to add text to photos. There are also 30 day trials available of Photoshop, so you can try a few things that way if you like!

  9. Mei says:

    Pure happiness…
    So cute. Words couldn’t describe how you feel.
    I am pregnant right now for 4 months and I know time passes by quickly. I worry too much sometimes and I cry thinking about the future of my child.
    5 months from now I will be a Happy Mom like you.
    I am writing down my blog and feel free to visit and leave your comment and give advice about my pregnancy.
    My 9 Months Journey

  10. Jenna at Homeslice says:

    Ha! I love this… totally printed it out. Thank you!

  11. ImpatientlyWaiting says:

    I am obsessed with this blog! I first found you after I made a decision to use “Charles” as a middle name for a little girl. When I did a search in it I found you! :) I love keeping up with you and Vivi and I love seeing that other people get just as pumped about things like nurseries, kids names, and the perfect lunch box as I am/ will be! I think the penguin choice was perfect, and as a teacher, I can relate to the anxiety of letting go but know she is in good hands and will grow so much!

  12. Julia F says:

    beautifully written joni!

  13. holly says:

    What a great post and wonderful reminder. Children are a gift and time goes by so quickly! Thanks for sharing. On a side note, I’d love to know where you got the pink tote bag from?

  14. Thank you for this. I needed it today!

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