I find myself realizing this even more when the busyness of life starts to take over and I start rushing instead of being fully present. I realized I was at that point today when I got a phone call from Gavin's school saying he "just wasn't himself." I heard his little voice say, "I just miss you, Mommy," and I realized I hadn't been present enough with him in the last few days. An anniversary weekend and my regular Monday night group gathering had taken me away from our normal routine, and I hadn't been present enough to just be with him.
It was a good reminder to me to be intentional about the time I spend with him. Anniversary weekends and Monday nights are important, and other things like them are going to come up, but it doesn't mean that I can't focus on being in the moment with my kiddos when I am with them.
It's also a good reminder not only to be a more intentional mother, but also a more intentional wife, friend, co-worker, etc. I must come near to people to truly hear them.
Thanks for that reminder today, Gav.