One Day at a Time

A neighbor (without kids) said to me in the middle of the grocery store with my kids – “I don’t know how you do it.” She had a smile, but I could see that she was concerned/amazed. Whenever we are together in public, my kids do alright, this day they were two in the cart and two out, and I was fielding three questions at once, as usual. They know that they are to sit, when in the cart, and hold on to the side when walking. We’ve been very consistent so that they know that it doesn’t change. After answering the questions and setting Owen down again (he’s still learning) I looked at her and said “One day at a time.”

It really is that simple for me, I will say that not every day is easy, or fun. But thankfully I get to start each day new and fresh each morning. Some days I have more time to myself, some days I am just grateful for the 5 minutes in the shower alone. Some days the noise will not stop, and others are peaceful and harmonious. There’s time when I could cry just thinking about all that is on my plate and other times I cry because it goes so fast. I am so thankful that in Christ each day is a new day, and He is beside me with every step. All the hugs and kisses that I get each day make everyday beautiful. I love each of my kids so much!

I pray that you are having a good day – be blessed!

By | 2008-10-22T23:30:00+00:00 October 22nd, 2008|Me, My kids|14 Comments


  1. Anna October 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Amy, I loved your post. It is just such a beautiful description of what motherhood is like…so busy, and yet SOOO extremely wonderful! You cry, you laugh…and you wouldn’t want it any other way! :-)

  2. Artfulife October 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I feel the same as you! I wouldn’t trade the noise and toys for all the tea in China! Being a parent is totally the best.

  3. Ritch in Love October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    I loved this post. I just had to tell you that so many moms get on my plane on a daily basis and I am always touched by their love and awareness of their children. (And then there are some that are completely unaware….) Wonderful post.

  4. audreypawdrey October 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Lovely post! I am not a mother yet, but I admire what you obviously do with your little ones.

  5. Penny October 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    This is a great reminder even for those of us who don’t have children! Amen sista!

  6. jacquie October 23, 2008 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    i remember those days…the teen years are different, but the same too.

  7. melissa s. October 23, 2008 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    so true. what a sweet post and reminder to stay in the moment.

  8. tipper October 24, 2008 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Amy-you are sooo sweet. This post was precious. Exactly how I feel about my kids too.

  9. agirlandherbrush March 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Amy, I am a stay at home mom of two and an artist running my own business. My husband also owns his own business. This is exactly how I face difficult situations in my life. I focus on today and don't worry about tomorrow. I seriously think it is the Lord's grace to be able to do that. Thanks for sharing your story!

  10. Barbara June 30, 2010 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Amy, I can see the love of Jesus in your life. Your consistency is a must in child training. I am a mother of 5, ages: 18,19,21,22 and 23. Yes they were busy years when they were younger, but delightful. They are slowly leaving home but I am happy to see them grow in grace.

  11. Beth October 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    what a beautiful post. i have my hands full with just my one 20 month old son! i can’t imagine 4. but i relate to all your thoughts. thanks for sharing :o)

  12. Lisa LeBlanc April 7, 2011 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Hi Amy, I found your blog today as. I won a copy of your book about 2 weeks ago from Beyond the Reef blog giveaway. Great job, I can’t wait to try one or more of the patterns. I love your post above about One Day at a Time….every word is so true..somedays the chaos is almost too much, but I wouldn’t trade those crazy days. I am a wife, mom to twin 14 year boys, and work full time….my escape is fabric and quilting. Time passes so fast and looking back the sweet memories of my ‘babies’ outweigh any memories of the crazy days. I just recently read that God gives us each morning as a new day…a new day to ‘start over’ and make it better than the last (or something to that effect). Love your blog and you have a new follower! Lisa in Texas

  13. Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts June 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Love this post. Yes to one day at a time and thankful God is with us all the way.

  14. Lynne July 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I’m new to quilting and new to your blog – I have been a follower since BQF. That post was lovely and I have to say: Amen, Amen and Amen! No matter how old we are, no matter how many children we have, no matter what is going on in our life, if we let Him, he will be the Rock on which we can stand! Hallelujah!

    (Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound overly-zealous there; I think I was trying to say I understand where you are coming from!)

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