Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wishful Thinking {guest post ~ Kimberly Taylor}

I wish that I remembered to appreciate every moment with our boys each and every day, as they are growing up so quickly and will be gone before I am ready.

I wish I could take my teenagers and have their little heads to kiss, just one more time (or 100 more times as one is never enough).  I wish I could hold their soft little hands, bury my face in their sweet curls, and breathe in the scent of my babies.  I wish I could go back and nurture their precious little souls more than I did, take more time to listen to their stories, slow down enough to enjoy their childhood excitement and wonder.

I wish I could go back to the days when I was their world (thankfully I still have one of those) and no one knew more than I do.  Back when they turned to me for every skinned knee or lost stuffed toy or broken matchbox car.  When playing with their Thomas the train set or rubber dinosaurs for hours was their greatest joy.  I wish they still followed me around the farm, with their own little shovel, "helping me" in the gardens.  Days when the discovery of a ladybug, or a caterpillar, or a dragonfly could result in squeals of delight and excitement.

It is so fleeting- the time we have with these precious beings.  Before you know it, they leave their babyhood behind, become children, and then young adults.  Their lives become their own, and while they still need you just as much as they did, they don't know that.  

And then they are gone - gone off to explore their world, off to adventures of their own, off to make memories, while you are left with your own memories of your baby.  Because no matter how old they are, to me, my four boys will always be my babies.  They are my heart~

Kimberly Taylor is a daydreamer, who lives on Blackberry Farm, with a camera that captures incredible images of every day life, food, travels, and anything else which catches her talented fancy.  Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to meet Kimberly as she and her husband traveled through the wine country.  Her zest for life is contagious, and she is always in search of inspiration which leads to her grand ability of surrounding herself with beautiful moments and experiences.  
[image via kimberly taylor] 


  1. True, those little fingerprints and tiny feet grow fast and everyday we need to remind ourselves and each other to enjoy every phase. My twins are 18 and it went so fast. My daughter is 11 and I am hanging on tight for a fast few years ahead. I just keep trying to enjoy it all.

  2. Time is so fleeting, in fact it just whizzes by, before you know it another year has gone. I guess trying to live in each and every moment is a way to slow it down. xoxo

  3. Beautiful. I'm so excited to watch my son grow and change. I love watching him learn and explore. But I dread the coming day when daily kisses and cuddles stop :(

  4. This brought tears to my eyes. And made me want to go hug my kiddos close. :)

  5. Lovely words Kimberly, you brought tears to my eyes as well. I only have one little angel and she just turned 7. I'm trying so hard to inhale and capture the last few years of her childhood. Such a delicate balance for all of us moms.

  6. Beautiful post. My little one woke up last night with a cough, so I rocked him for a while. I was extremely aware that it might be the last time I get to do that - he's getting big! - so I held on for a long time, and I don't mind being a little tired today as a result. I'm going to hug my little boys extra close tonight.

  7. Beautiful, Kimberly! I miss holding my babies too - time definitely flies by quickly! xxoo

  8. what a beautiful post and expression of love. I also wish for my baby girl to somehow never grow up.

  9. As I am getting to know this wonderful lady of Blackberry Farm through her blog, this post is lovely and timely. I am struggling with the impending graduation of my oldest child next year. I imagine us living away from each other and the emotions are overwhelming. I know every one sends their children off into the world, but why does it have to be my turn so soon?

  10. Such lovely heartfelt sentiments from Kimberly...and so all happens too fast. I don't think as mothers we will ever be ready to give up the precious memories and we will always long for more....xv

  11. What a lovely post...her words are so true and have touched my heart. Thank to pay blackberry farm a visit. xo

  12. Kimberly has captured the bitter sweet feelings that we feel as we see our children grow perfectly. A lovely post.

  13. Sweet friend, this gives me tears in my eyes. I am always teasing Benjamin that I don't want him to grow anymore...and a huge part of me is not teasing. Love your heart for your family and those four lucky boys!!

  14. My daughter is turning 3 in two weeks and I already have these sinking moments where I suddenly miss her infancy and early toddler phases. After a busy or hard day, I find myself lying in bed at night before drifting off to sleep with a tear in the corner of my eye thinking "Why are you in such a hurry? You should have stopped to play with her more today...She won't be little forever."

    I agree it is such a hard balance to simultaneously give them freedom while holding them near.

    Touching post.

  15. Gorgeous post true...time flies xx

  16. Kimberly a wonderful piece of your heart you shared. I don't have children, but I sure miss the times when my nieces and nephews were little. xo

  17. This brought tears to my eyes....after long nigth with my 6 month old son, not sleeping, crying, I was so tired and then I found your post.
    Thank you.

  18. eloquent!
    & simple truth!
    i'm with you my friend.
    i'm with you....

  19. Gulp! I am work. But this is Exactly why I only work part-time since my son was born - I can always make more money, but I am never getting these moments, days, months, years back. Thanks for the lovely reminder!

  20. Hi Mel,
    Love to see Kimberly here, she was the first in Blogland who commented and became my first follower. Having two girls myself with a ten year age different, makes me also see time flying by, oh so fast. We have to enjoy them indeed.
    Maureen x

  21. This left me with a sick feeling inside....I guess mainly because of the guilt I have for not cherishing those moments like I should be.....I take it for granted that mine will always be here....will always be little. Thanks for reminding me to stop and smell the roses.

  22. Mel this is such a wonderful post by Kimberly. I too regret not cherishing enough of those moments and now try to make it up with my grandchildren!

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