Those Things Left Undone

When I wake up on Monday morning I'll walk into a kitchen with a counter and sink full of dishes. In my office I'll find a partially completed layout I'd planned to finish and post. On my computer l'll find emails I've not yet answered. In my closet and laundry room I'll find hampers filled with clothes to be washed.

When I wake up on Monday morning, instead of finding a clean house and an organized work space, I'll find a heart full of great memories from this past weekend.  

As I begin that process of cleaning up the kitchen and getting the laundry going I'll be thankful that Chris and I got to spend a full weekend just with Simon while Anna had her first weekend at Grandma & Grandpa Camp (what we call going to the beach with my parents). We let him choose his own adventures with our full attention: swimming on both Saturday & Sunday, Toy Story 3, the park, chocolate ice cream, dinners of his favorite foods, cuddling with me on the couch.

When I wake up on Monday morning I'll hear Simon's words in my ear from Saturday night, "thank you for spending the day with me."

When I wake up on Monday morning I'll begin my day with a very thankful heart.

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  1. sue

    2010-07-27 01:35:45 -0400

    Time with your children is much more important than laundry and dishes! My children are grown and gone and I am very thankful that I took time to 'play and read and go places with them' instead of focusing on household chores all the time. We did share chores among the family but the focus was on them while growing up and I'm glad i did it.

  2. Laurie J.M.

    2010-07-27 02:07:42 -0400

    What a beautiful post. What a beautiful heart you have.

  3. Staci @ tales from the s*crap*room

    2010-07-27 02:23:37 -0400

    Thank you for this reminder. I often wake up on Monday feeling aggravated at the messes that were made over the weekend that I have to clean up now. I look forward to remembering the fun weekend we had instead of the mess I am cleaning up.

  4. Jamie Pate

    2010-07-27 02:35:19 -0400


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  8. Cindy C.

    2010-07-27 02:38:30 -0400

    Your post is so inspiring to me.
    You remind me to enjoy my time with the family, and not to concetrate on gettng things done.

  9. Mariana Correia

    2010-07-27 03:05:39 -0400

    The more I read you, the more I like you!!! It's good to see that everybody (at least every mother) has the same issues, even if we live in different countries! You are quite an inspiration! Congratulations on your jobs (as a blogger, a mom, a scrapper, a designer, a wife, etc)!!!

  10. Jakki

    2010-07-27 03:25:20 -0400

    THIS is so important for them...even though my kids are 14 and 17 I STILL try and have alone time with each one of them and even at their ages, they love it...

  11. Kristal Jones

    2010-07-27 03:49:55 -0400

    I heart this post. Being present for our children is all they really want. :)

  12. Donna Tullis

    2010-07-27 04:27:01 -0400

    very sweet words whispered straight into your heart...priceless and very precious.

  13. Karen

    2010-07-27 08:13:41 -0400

    Brought tears to my eyes. So sweet :)

  14. Robyn Meierotto

    2010-07-27 08:44:56 -0400 spending individual time is oh so important! glad you had such a great weekend :)

  15. Cherie

    2010-07-27 12:31:07 -0400

    Thank you for this reminder. Very well written.

  16. Sue from Oregon

    2010-07-27 14:18:28 -0400

    what a heartwarming post. I am going to forward to my daughter. Sometimes it is so easy to forget...

  17. AForestFrolic

    2010-07-27 17:58:02 -0400

    That is super sweet...what a fun way to spend time...letting him pick the weekend activities! *Smile*
    Jamie :)

  18. Erika Melnychuk

    2010-07-28 14:46:21 -0400

    Thank you for sharing the reality that your life isn't "perfect" - that there are dirty dishes and messes and unfinished projects. Sometimes, it's easy to only project to the public the completed finished products, so it's nice to hear about those things that are so REAL in your life. And, beautiful that instead of fretting about that and making in an overwhelming, negative thing in your life, you're able to really see the positive in it! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  19. Tanya

    2010-07-28 18:37:34 -0400

    What a wonderful way to see things!!

  20. sharon

    2010-07-28 19:12:06 -0400

    Oh Ali, You have reminded me of some important lessons. I woke up this Monday morning with much the same scene, except I needed to be out the door by 7.30am, off to school and take three of my kids with me (last two stay to be driven to school by my dad). I have grumbled and groaned at the mess all week.......but you have reminded me that the mess comes from a weekend where I had two kids attending birthday parties (that they both so enjoyed!!) on Saturday, the others did a spot of shopping with moi and we all enjoyed a lunch and afternoon with friends on Sunday - that's what important - time together as a family and the smiles on my kids faces!!! I'll happily attack the mess on Saturday now!!

  21. Jennifer Camplin

    2010-07-29 00:48:07 -0400

    Sound just perfect... One on One with Simon for weekend. You will do the same with lil Ana too.
    Nice to hear how he loved it.

  22. Alison

    2010-08-01 19:19:42 -0400

    Thanks so much for giving me a reality check. I (crazily) decided to have kids before getting my degree. Now I find myself studying full time with 3 girls aged 3,5 and 7, all with a husband who's often away with work for extended periods of time. I love to wake up to a clean organised house, and I think that it's often my focus when I wake up Monday morning. If it's messy when I get up somehow it sets the mood for the day, and I feel kind of cranky.
    What you wrote has really shown me that I'm missing the point. I need to be more thankful for the beautiful memories that we make on the weekends as a family. Precious memories that I can keep!
    Thanks for sharing, and helping me change my perspective xox

  23. Stacy W.

    2010-08-03 16:05:19 -0400

    What a great post! I want to write something like this and frame it as a reminder for myself of what is truely important, especially with the school year starting up next week for me and my kids :( Thank you for sharing this with us all :)

  24. Gaele

    2010-09-09 15:22:21 -0400

    I SO wish I could react just like you and see the positive side of all things. I've been working on this these past few years, trying to step back from trying to have everything perfect, cleaned, organised, etc all the time when obviously perfection is a lure, especially with two young kids, a full job and a husband really busy with his own business. Telling my stories with scrapbooking has actually helped a lot as I realized that everything - and I mean absolutely EVERYTHING including dishes in the sink, toys all over the house, massive mess in the kids' room - is part of our life.

  25. RaisingOrleans

    2011-05-09 13:51:30 -0400


    "When I wake up on Monday morning, instead of finding a clean house and an organized work space, I'll find a heart full of great memories from this past weekend."


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