Be Still

by Stefani on 26-January-2010

Bird Watching

Every now and then during our school time I hear, “Shhhhhh! Everybody BE STILL!” All eyes in the room shift slowly toward the window because this declaration invariably means that a feathered visitor has come to our bird feeder.

For the few seconds that it takes for the little bird to pick through the seeds, find the tastiest one, and fly off, we are indeed still. We hold our breath in wonder. We try not to blink.

My internal mommy voice whispers “Be Still” to me often. Be still and look… look how the sun coming in through the kitchen window lights up his blue eyes. Those are his Daddy’s eyes – the very same ones – and here they are making me fall in love all over again. Those eyes are magic.

Be still and listen… listen to their chatter in the next room. Listen to the way that they all call each other by the same name, “Brother.” “Brother, can you help me open this?” “Brother, look what I made!” Pray that they will always be such good friends.

Be still, cease all your striving after boiling pots and deadlines and remember that these days are feathered things, only here for a little while.
Noticing - Wood Grain Patterns

Remembering to be still is hard for a boy, and hard for a mommy too. So you can imagine how pleased I was to unwrap this lovely little reminder.. a sweet necklace from the amazingly talented Lisa Leonard. The piece is entitled, what else, “Be Still.” Wearing it around my neck helps me to remember to sometimes stop, hold my breath, and try not to blink before this moment flies away.
Be Still

Lisa is an amazing craftswoman, and her work is just so rich and soulful. If you have the occasion to buy a gift or are looking for a wearable reminder of what you hold dear, please do visit her shop.
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A few quick notes –

1. We have just added a “Winter Book 1” to our Book of Days shop. This is an updated and combined version of our original January and February ’09 books. It’s full to the brim with great ways to spend time together as a family.

2. For the other bird lovers among us, click on the photo below to visit a live video feed from a hummingbird’s nest. I could sit and watch it all day.

Lubna January 26, 2010 at 11:04 am

Wow, thank you for adding that live video feed, it made my day.

gretchen January 26, 2010 at 11:42 am

Thanks so much for this link – we got to see the baby! My four-year-old is entranced, and so am I. We’re going to leave it up on full screen down in the kitchen so we can keep up with mama and baby throughout the day …

Stefani January 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

Did you see her at night? She looks so sweet and kind of brave in a way, snuggled in her little nest at night.

LaughingFamily January 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm

What a great link! I’m also leaving this up so we can keep an eye on the nest throughout the day. Amazing!

Cassandra January 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I can’t think of any lesson I’ve learned as a mama that is more important than “be still.”

Miko's Girl January 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

My power verse is Ps 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” In all of my busyness, I have to be constantly reminded to be still. Thanks for convicting me again….Gabi and Caitlin also do the “be still” when they spot something at the bird feeder – usually followed by, “what kind of bird is that?”, “can you find it in the book (sibley bird book)?”

Thanks, Stef, for reminding me that I need to be still as these moments are truly fleeting!

Stefani January 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

That’s a wonderful verse to keep near… and one that I so OFTEN need to hear!

Jennifer January 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I bought that same necklace for Christmas as a reminder of the same reasons. Our little ones are growing so fast and I need to be still.

Stefani January 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

Oh cool! I love thinking of that… another mama out there touching her necklace and remembering to savor the moment. It makes the world feel small and cozy.

Greta January 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Oh I just love that, “these days are feathered things.”
What a lovely way of thinking of it. Such a sweet reminder.
I get lost in it all sometimes. And I don’t mean in the good stuff.
So thanks.
Greta

Stefani January 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

Oh believe me.. me too! I often, OFTEN need to be reminded to let some stuff go and pay attention to the treasures around me.

jody January 27, 2010 at 10:13 am

Stephanie- lovely post with a great message. I look forward to reading your blog daily it’s like a great devotional for us mommies!! Many, many times my days with my kiddo’s feel so chaotic and many, many times I come away from reading your post feeling like I want to achieve your level of zen.. :O)

Stefani January 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

Well now I don’t know about that… if you lived with me you might not ever pair my name with “zen.” I do try though. I really do. But yes, life with kiddos is crazy, messy, loud and sometimes really frazzling. I’d say at least half the reason that I blog is to force myself to sit down regularly and remember how very blessed I am. Hang in there!

Mousy Brown January 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Amen x

Beth January 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Stefani- Thank you. Your words spoke volumes to me. I just downloaded the book of days and can’t wait to dive in with the family.

Stefani January 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

Yay!!! Thank you Beth, I hope that you and your family enjoy it!

Heather Jane January 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm

It’s so hard for me to remember that these days are numbered and precious as I sit here listening to my two year old (after a 45 minuted bedtime routine including tooth brushing, stories, songs, and backscratching) yelling at me from the bed to come back NOW!!! Over and over again. Every night. I’m tired and I just want some alone time. She just wants me. Where’s the balance?! Where’s the fine line between need and want. For both of us! 🙂

Stefani January 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

Oh Heather! Go easy on yourself . It is hard sometimes. It is really really hard. I remember those nights when mine were that small and I remember even thinking, “I’m so NOT cut out for this. I just want peace. I just want to be left ALONE for five minutes!”
It’s so tough to be both human and a mama at once.
I know that I often feel like there’s no way for me to ever be the sort of mama I think they deserve… one who never loses her cool, one who always has time to stop and listen., one who never wants to run and hide from all the relentless demands of parenting.
So I try to often stop and remember that they are children, and that I am human, and then to cut us all a little slack. I hope they do the same for me someday… give me a little grace, and know that though I failed sometimes, I also tried with all my might.
Hold on tight mama…. it really does go by so fast.

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