He’s stressing my heart out! How do you moms do it?

I’m sitting in our cool house, lounging back on the couch actually as he gets himself a drink and I steady my heart a bit.

We went on a bike ride together and though he’s great on his bike, speeding along and taking the curves like an Olympian he also gives me a heart attack.

Out of Control

We were heading home and instead of turning up the sidewalk he shot like a bullet straight across the road into the grass. A car was barreling down the road and all I could do was pray that they saw him as I called out to get out of the road.

The car did see and slowed to a stop. I felt awful, he didn’t seem to care, and we came home to talk about the importance of brakes so he doesn’t have to use grass to stop him when he’s out of control.

a photo of a young boy sitting on the counter in the kitchen holding a container of chocolate chips with his mom helping him

Slow Down

How do you moms of older, stunt devil children do it?

The problem is not in his ability to ride a bike, it’s in his ability to break. Or lack of ability I should say.

No matter how much control he has at a fast pace it doesn’t matter if he can’t slow down and even stop when necessary.

Things That Matter Most

“When stress levels rise, when distress appears, when tragedy strikes, too often we attempt to keep up the same frantic pace or even accelerate, thinking somehow that the more rushed our pace, the better off we will be…

There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity…

…we would do well to slow down a little, proceed at the optimum speed for our circumstances, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes, and truly see the things that matter most.” Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Of Things That Matter Most, Oct. 2010


Hear Him

It seems that our worst days, especially with the crazy things life is bringing right now are not only manageable but purposeful and good when I put on the brakes as the mother, slow down and even at times stop to be sure that our activities are mindful, our lives aren’t filled with things but moments, and that most of all, there are opportunities for each person under my care to feel peace and to Hear Him each day.

The turns are exhilarating, but the joy of the ride needs balance.