Folding laundry tonight got me thinking about how quickly time passes. I put away some clothing that Warren has recently outgrown. Picking up each little outfit, I smiled as I remembered him running around in them, covering them with sand, or yogurt, loving life as only a three-year-old can. It’s not the first time I’ve had to box up a cute shirt or pair of socks that no longer fit him, of course. But it still makes me sad to think that he’s too big for them now. There’s something about knowing that he’ll never wear them again that really gets me. It all seems to happen so fast.

It made me think of our dear prophet, President Monson, and his talk, “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I tear up reading his wise counsel to be grateful for this season of motherhood:

“If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly.”

Nostalgia hits me hard, I’ll admit. But sentimental sap aside, I know that I can find more ways to treasure the little moments of Warren’s childhood. I never want to look back, when packing away his high school Varsity soccer jersey, and realize that I wasted those years worrying more about the dirty dishes or the next task on my To Do List than enjoying my sweet, funny kid.

7 thoughts on “Outgrown”

  1. I love this post!!! I feel the same way when I take lil Meg’s clothes and fold them to never use them again. I feel nostalgic about how fast my kids have grown up yet how much I can’t recognize that in moments of stress. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. You & Ingrid have similar posts today. I’m glad to know I’m not the only mother who is sometimes sad children don’t come with a “pause” button. =(

  3. I know- it’s is so crazy how fast they grow. Even if we spent every moment they were awake observing and paying absolute 100% attention, I think we would still miss a lot.

    You guys probably already know, but a pro-soccer team is being created in Seattle. I thought of -colin- when I heard that! “-)

  4. What a sweet post. I absolutely agree! Almost ALL of the moms that are in my ward constantly tell me that this is their favorite time of raising children. They all tell me to treasure it and relax about all the chores, etc. because this time only comes once. I have kept that in mind all my days and try to remember even on the bad ones that one day I’ll look back and cherish it all.

  5. I was just feeling this same way yesterday when I was packing up some of Owen’s clothes he’s recently grown out of. It makes me sad too! But I surely am enjoying and cherishing all the moments I have with him!

  6. I love your posts, and I couldn’t have put this better myself. I am WAY too hormonal to dwell on those kinds of things, but I will have to face it in a few weeks when we find out boy/girl and I have to get rid of (gulp, forever!) Haley’s or Jake’s baby clothes. Thanks for the reminder to enjoy each day with them!

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