I partnered with Pampers and Walmart this past month and they challenged me to make a #MothersPromise to Isla and implement steps to keeping that promise. It wasn’t enough to be challenged to follow through. I wanted to write it out so I have a reminder when I need it the most. So, my promise? I promise to make my time intentional and meaningful with Isla. I promise to not let my time with her be whisked away by the million distractions that are vying for my attention every second of every day. My aimless browsing of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, repeat… Don’t get me wrong. I love the relationships I’ve developed through social media. But at the end of the day, if they are taking away from my relationship with this tiny human that I have limited time with already, then I will happily cut out all of those distractions.
Spending time intentionally is pretty broad of a promise, right? It’s not like saving for her college fund or first car. Sorry, kiddo. So, my steps to fulfill my #MothersPromise are this:
- Starting April 3rd (super official, right?), I will spend Sundays electronic-free. Except music. Every baby needs a dance session. I’ll devote Sundays to fostering our relationship. They will be a day of exploring and developing her imagination, like that snazzy cardboard car/spaceship.
- Secondly, Taylor and I always talk about leaving our children with a legacy. Most recently, we’ve been feeling led to install a small square foot gardening system. My great-“mammaw” had a massive garden when I was a kid. She would invite me out to help her pick tomatoes, snap the ends of green beans and pluck all of those pesky bugs that were trying to steal our bounty. Any time I catch the smell of freshly picked tomatoes, it takes me back to my childhood instantly, finagling with the locked gate and running through the rows of plants. It’s the smell of the soil and the texture of the tomato just before you wash it. So many happy memories with Mammaw Shockley. All that to say, I want Isla to have a transportive memory like that. I want her to be able to know the process of stewarding the land, planting, gathering and appreciating the time we spent growing and collecting. As soon as this dang Utah weather gets it’s act together we’ll start our install. Hip hip hooray!
“Guard your time fiercely.
Be generous with it,
but be intentional about it.”
– DAVID DUCHEMIN