It's too easy to get caught up in the craze of today’s world

Written by: Michelle Wilson

Get the kids to bed! Research says 8 to 10 hours a night! Is that why we had a meltdown at the grocery store today? Is the baby going to sleep tonight? How on earth am I going to function at work? Did I buy diapers? Are we feeding our kids enough vegetables? Did we order the middle school yearbook? Why oh why can’t I have more that 2 cups of coffee a day…is that really spit up on my shirt? HOW LONG AS THAT BEEN THERE!?

The life of a parent, there is so much to keep up with that it is easy to forget to slow down and enjoy the ride. I have to take a moment and remind myself that they are only going to be this small once. Some day my boys are going to be grown and start families of their own. The days of baby cuddles will be remembered only in my heart. The days of waking up early on the weekends for youth league soccer will be replaced with a phone call from college. Take time to slow down and cherish all of the firsts because before you know it they will be nothing but sweet memories.

This is what the Sacred Little Ones program has taught me. A beautiful reminder of what is truly important in life. Our children. Our family. The bills and the chores can wait. Trust me they are not going anywhere. Take the time to make bath time fun or listen to the latest happening in middle school. That is what really matters. Be present for your children. Show them. Teach them. Love them.

Our trip to the Great Wolf Lodge gave our family the opportunity to do that. The Sacred Little Ones program took care of the logistics and funded the whole trip. There were literally no worries! That was the greatest gift of all. For one weekend the stress of daily life melted away and we were free to just have fun and enjoy each other! Laptops and email were replaced with slushees and smiles! There are no words that can express how grateful I am for the gift of carefree family time. We got to reconnect with one another. Mother and child. Father and child. Husband and wife.

Time will march on and the complications of daily life will come creeping back but every time I trip over the fuzzy wolf ears I am going to stop, smile and remember. Take the time to play. Take the time to laugh. Take the time to listen. Take time to love. Be a family.