“Mommy, will you play pet shops with me?” the little voice pleads.  I sigh and look up from the computer, stare at my to-do list a mile long.  I begin to utter the familiar words, “Not right now sweetheart.  Maybe in a little awhile.”  Then I remember.  Soon I will be the one begging for time spent together.  Soon playing with mom will be the last thing on her list.

I look at my list again.  It is filled with the demands that make my days speed by too quickly, as I rush around without taking the time to be still.  Work to pay the bills that keep coming.  Chores to clean the house that will get dirty once again.  My words catch in my throat.  “Yes, darling.  I will come and play with you.”  Her eyes widen with the surprising answer.  “You will?!?”  She skips merrily down the hall, and I know that for once I got it right.  I made the right choice.  The work and the chores will still be there waiting for me, but for now I am going to sit on the floor with this precious one, stare into her eyes with wonder, and be part of her world.  It may not have been in my plans, but sometimes plans are made to be broken.

Dear Readers – I offer a golden nugget recommendation to you today.  It is a newly-released, life-changing book by Ann Voskamp called One Thousand Gifts.  Ann has long been one of my favorite bloggers at A Holy Experience.  Over the past few years, she has influenced my parenting, my writing, and my dreams.  And now she has a beautiful book that will inspire and most certainly help you seek the still.  You can see the trailer for the book in the video below, and you can even join me and the online book club, Bloom as we read it together and listen to Ann speak about each chapter.  Let me know if you pick it up. We can discuss it together!