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Give Me One Moment in Time


First, I’m supposed to be catching you up on my Family Manager Action Plan. I’m kind of brain dead, so I’m having a really hard time thinking of a fancy way of saying…I need rehab. I started off great, and Shelly is awesome. Then I had a hard autism week. Then I was struggling with how to adapt to Meatball’s dropping nap time and homeschooling. Then we got sick.

So, I haven’t given up. I still have my notebook and Shelley’s encouraging, sweet voice in my head. “When you’re overwhelmed, sit down and make a list of what has to be done NOW. What needs to be done in this moment? Ignore everything else.”

And what needs to be done now is that I need to go to bed. So I’m going to share this post with you that I was saving for later in the week. Enjoy!

OK, I’m about to date myself. Some of you will remember Whitney Houston belting out, “Give me one moment in time…” as the orchestra crescendoed behind her. I thought about that song the other day, but for a different reason.
What made me think of the lyrics was what Dr. J said to me. I had asked, “Who wants to feed Lucy?”

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Dr. J looked at me in all sincerity and said, “Mom, I don’t want to cough on Lucy’s fish food. So I’m not going to feed her today. I’ll feed her when my coughs are all gone.” He melted my heart. I remembered when he used to walk by a crying baby brother who had just fallen, completely ignoring him. My little man’s empathy has come a long way!

And so I stood there, Whitney’s lyrics filling my head. I watched little Meatball climb up onto the bench and feed the fish. We had had some rough moments that day, but at that specific moment, all was right with the world.

This got me thinking about other wonderful moments:

  • When Dr. J made a picture book for Meatball and read it to him.
  • When I listened to a wide-awake Meatball chatter to his Daddy as they shared a late-night snack on the floor in the boys’ room.
  • When I come home and Meatball says, “I missed you, Mom!” Even when it’s just coming from putting something in the car!
  • When I watch my boys act out Bible stories with their blocks and people toys.
  • When I see the pride in my boys’ face over big-boy underwear.
  • When Dr. J finds a way to cope with something that used to cause a meltdown.
  • When my boys put on a concert.
  • When the four of us actually get to play a game together.
These are moments that make up for the stressful moments. I’m sure you have your own! Care to share?

Author: Jenny Herman

Jenny Herman is not anyone special or a hero. She's just a working special needs homeschool mom who uses the Power of One to "just keep swimming". Visit her blog to learn more.

6 thoughts on “Give Me One Moment in Time

  1. I have stressful moments mornings–I have to get myself ready for work then get my grand daughter up for preschool and daycare, she goes to bed late at night I just cant get her to bed earlier. She is very hard to wake in the mornings I have to call her name and rub on her 3 or 4 times. then we are usually always 15 mins late for preschool. I have other stressful moments but this is my number one

    • Thanks for your visit, Brenda. Checklists helped calm our stressful mornings when Josh was in preschool. He liked marking off the things he’d done. Maybe that would help your granddaughter?

  2. when I am discouraged in some way, but someone reminds me of how I helped them!

    When I am sick or busy and my husband does little helpful things to alleviate the stress

    When my boy says, I want to do it myself, or lets relax together

    Number one is when my boy spontaneously bursts into song, no matter where we are!

  3. This is the first time I have read your blog on my computer for a long time. I usually read it on my phone (and have you seen WP mobile version? it looks different; streamlined). So I just now see the RED! : )

    My niceties this weekend, amidst a lot of stress, were

    My oldest picking up around the house and cleaning, without being told, while we had a LOT of company.

    My husband making sure I didn’t have to cook for company.

    Encouraging emails and a funny from God after a night of crying over the hurts of my friends.

    A little girl who drank in every word of my Sunday School lesson I had stayed up LATE preparing, then looked at me significantly when the pastor referred to several similar points in the morning message.

    God’s grace, new every morning. Great is Thy Faithfulness!

  4. After several challenging weeks on many levels, last night, I paused to take in read aloud time with my husband and daughter. The two of them snuggling in our rocking chair while Daddy read from one of my favorite childhood books. *sigh*

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