Friday, August 20, 2010

These Faces

All these faces want,
more than television, cool toys, or time with friends,
is the undivided attention of their mother.

My attention is always divided. I've been complaining lately of an inability to focus.

I have a Kindergarten classroom to sort, purge of accumulated "stuff" left behind by previous teachers, and early identification interviews to prepare.

My application to participate in a craft show in November was accepted. I have a hundred sewing and knitting projects to complete before then.

The to-do list in my house never ends. I haven't even finished unpacking from last week's camping trip.

I'm fed up with putting a movie on for my kids so that I can get something, anything done. Because that time is increasingly absorbed by the computer.

And the people who love, want, and need me the most, those little faces above, are here every day, waiting for my undivided attention.

I'm going to give it to them. I'm turning the computer off. It's going to be a challenge, because I think I just might be addicted to the feedback, the comments from strangers, the "connection".

I'm signing off to get my priorities straight, to give my kids lots of ME, and to remind myself that my connection with my children and husband are the ones that really matter.

See you in September.

(Thanks to Connie Hebbert for these beautiful portraits of my children, taken at a recent birthday party).

20 comments:

  1. aww, we will miss you, but sounds like your family needs you more! That's crazy that we were so close to you. I will definitely email in the future when we're in the area. Take care, and see you in September (hmmm...makes me think of a great song!)

    www.thechickadeetweet.blogspot.com

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  2. i think turning of the computer works wonders. so relaxing. i might do it again soon.

    see you in sept!

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  3. Good for you...summer is too short to be spent on a computer!!! Hope you feel refreshed when you get back and even then, keep this blog as a place of joy and not duty. Limit yourself to two blogs a week and don't worry....we understand entirely how life piles up every now and then!!!!!

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  4. I'll miss you terribly but I so understand. The computer does absorb lots of time. Anticipating your return already!!

    Stephanie :)
    www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

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  5. Good for you, Stephanie!
    They are very much worth it.
    xo

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  6. Those beautiful babes are gonna enjoy Undivided You immensely. And vice versa.

    Happy rest of the summer...

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  7. Great choice. See you when the time is right! :)

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  8. Enjoy your 'break' from the computer. I have so much LESS time now that I have been working (and spend most of my day on the darn thing) that I have parted ways from my own blog until it calls me back from time to time (nice run on sentence!)...and so I too understand how you feel. I don't get to see my kids for 5 out of 7 days, and only 2 hours in the evenings with my little V. It is not enough...but I must do what needs to be done, for my family...so I digress. I will be happy to see your blogging again in september...best of luck on your craft show preparing. I hope it can be fun for you. I have a CD of photos to get to you soon...maybe next weekend? I will email you to make sure you will be home, or I will post it in the mailbox. Blessings and light..K

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  9. Found your blog on Ravelry. Glad to have met you. I now follow you.

    Have a beautiful day.

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  10. Kudos to you! You made the right choice. Maybe when you come back to blogging you could make it a family project so the children could have their own blog/s or do a guest paragraph or so of posting on your blog. Then you could still post and give them your attention at the same time. Working with them to put together their post would be such fun. I wish there were blogs when my kids were growing up. Great way to record what is happening in their lives.

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  11. I also prioritize my real life connections above online connections. Enjoy your time "away". Finding balance in mothering is an ongoing lesson...one I am enjoying immensely every step of the way.

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  12. That sounds like a decision you will never regret.

    I hope your sweeties enjoy your undivided attention.

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  13. You are doing something we should all probably do a little more often. I wish you all the best!!!

    Warmly,

    Amanda

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  14. Good for you mama! I took a break a few weeks ago and it did my heart good. Those little faces deserve you, but you deserve what you need too. You'll find a balance. I nominated you for an award by the way...
    xo

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  15. I just found your blog..so wonderful. Look forward to seeing more when you get back :)

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  16. boy can i relate!! really lovely post & photos!!

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  17. Beautiful kiddos!!

    You sent me a message regarding the mitten pattern that Baxter tried to forward to you, but couldn't receive. So here it is! http://ohdessaknits.com/2010/08/15/little-zebra-mittens-a-free-knitting-pattern/ I hope you have fun with it.

    Deedra

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  18. Just checking in to see those faces again. Oh how I love those little faces!

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