Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Quality Time

We all have 24 hours in every single day

If we choose to sleep for eight hours each night to get the necessary sleep for our bodies to function properly, it leaves us with

24-9 = 15


to accomplish all the other given things that must be accomplished within our days.

I can  not be sure of what YOU must do doing your days, but if you are anything like me, the list is quite long and sometimes daunting.  Besides spending time in prayer and the Word, there is 
exercising to be done
mouths to feed
meals to make
chores to accomplish
Bible studies to prepare and teach
Lessons for Kid's classes to prepare
contacts to make

the list could continue and it sure does not take long to watch the other 15 hours pass by so quickly and rapidly that I can look back at the day and think, "Oh I should have done this or that."

One thing that I must put into my day is QUALITY TIME with those in my family.  This would include my wonderful husband, Chaz and my four children, Hudson, Davis, Caedmon and Gabiella.

What exactly is QUALITY TIME?  We have all heard the phase used before but what exactly does it mean?

Well, according to good old Answers.com the definition is.....

"Time during which one focuses on or dedicates oneself to a person or activity: "When you decide to turn on the TV, you decide ... not to spend quality time with your family" (Steve Tschirhart)."

I must make a concerted effort to spend this time with each one of those in my family, dedicating myself to just that ONE individual, making them feel loved and appreciated.  To some, it will mean the world.  To others, maybe it won't mean quite as much, but it sure can't hurt.  
The time spent with our loved ones should be valued!
Just the other day this boy

asked if he could help me in the kitchen.  To be honest with you, my first thought was "I could get this all done SO much faster without his help."  But with a big smile on my face I said, "Sure, Davis, come on in."  

And boy, am I glad I did.  
You want to know what?  

It was precious.
It was fun.
It was delightful.
I learned more about my son that day.
We laughed together.
Talked together.
Spent QUALITY TIME together.
And I am different because of it and I pray he is too.

As he left that kitchen that afternoon, as he rushed out.  He stopped on his heels, turned around, looked at me with those precious blue eyes and said my favorite three or four words.


Aww, my heart melted.  
I love that kid.  

And so a few day's later when Gabriella asked the same.
What did I do?

You got that right.

And I need to make this a regular part of my days.....time is fleeting....I only have these people for a while!

So, are you spending QUALITY time with those you love, or are they getting the leftovers?

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  1. This is a beautiful reminder of what we should be doing in those 15 hours a day. They both will always remember time spent in the kitchen with her mama.

  2. You are such a great mom! B and I were just talking last night about people who go out to eat all the time and whether that helps them have more time together or less. I was telling him about how time in the kitchen helping is great time to talk and bond with your kids and I look forward to more of it someday. It was so neat to read this post right after! :)