This week’s Small Moments Monday guest poster is one of the nicest, most dynamic people I’ve ever known.
I mean, Natalie’s not just nice. She’s beyond nice. She’s kind, generous, funny, and absolutely stunning.
Oh, and on top of that? She has one-year old twins. And a toddler.
And she gardens and cooks and reads and appreciates wine and writes a great blog, Mommy of a Monster (I Mean Toddler) and Infant Twins.
The remarkable part is that even with all of that crazy overachieving, I just love her.
I am thrilled to have Natalie here on Small Moments Mondays. Her life is so hectic and full, yet she still manages to appreciate those priceless moments that slip by so easily if you aren’t paying attention.
Thank you for sharing your small moment, Natalie. I absolutely adore you.
An Invisible Snapshot — by Natalie
When Nichole asked me if I would be interested in writing for Small Moments Mondays, I jumped at the chance! I love sweet Nichole and her beautiful writing. It’s an honor to be here Chole, thank you very much for having me.
I also instantly knew what I would write about…a small moment that will forever make me happy and that I will never forget. I wrote a post at the end of June about the minute I knew that my son, Tater, was growing up and no longer a toddler. He’s a little boy now. It’s bittersweet to watch him grow – I know that one of these days he’s going to be all grown up and I won’t be the most important person in his life anymore. He’ll have his friends, and someday his own life and family. I look forward to all of that, but it makes me a little sad too.
I never really cared for the saying “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away“. I thought it was kind of cheesy. Maybe I felt that way because I had never had my breath taken away before. Surely my wedding day brought with it so many emotions and feelings of joy and love that I had never felt before, but it didn’t take my breath away. When my children were born, I was exhausted and so loopy from drugs that those moments, while amazing, didn’t take my breath away.
But back in June, I had a moment that took my breath away. On a whim, Jason asked if I wanted to pack the kids up and take them to get ice cream. This was a totally sporadic thing (and also quite possibly a really bad idea) as it happened right around the twins’ bedtime. Since the weather was beautiful and Tater had been cooped up all day, we decided to risk it. We loaded the kids into the car and took off.
We went down to our local little mall-type area…you know…lots of shops, a Starbucks, and a movie theater. Cold Stone Creamery is there, too. We got Tater his own little chocolate ice cream with peanut butter cups mixed in, and we went to sit out by the big fountain in the courtyard. Tater threw 20 cents worth of pennies in the fountain. The twins enjoyed being outside and all the commotion. Life was good.
After Tater finished his ice cream, he ran along the courtyard and the grassy area near the fountain. Jason started chasing him around. Tater was SO happy. Really, I wish I had my camera to get a few shots of them chasing each other and Tater’s belly laughs! It was about 7:45 p.m., and the sun was starting to set. And Tater was running up and down the little grassy hills.
And then…it happened…an invisible snapshot was taken that will forever be etched into my memory. It wasn’t of his smiling, laughing face so much as it was a snapshot of his blond hair flying around in the setting sun. We are letting his hair grow out, so it’s getting long, and when he runs the breeze catches it. The light shining through it struck me for some reason – it struck me in the heart. And it took my breath away.
Four months later, when I think about that picture in my head, it still makes me cry…but it’s a happy cry. They grow up so quickly, and they are only little for such a short period of time. He used to be my baby, and now he’s my little boy. He is so carefree, so innocent…I just want to bottle up his youth to smell it and remember it later.
But I have the snapshot, and right now, that will have to do.
Now that you’ve seen this side sentimental of Natalie, be sure to pop on over to her blog and see just how amazingly diverse she is. For a beautiful example of the work she’s doing on her fiction writing, read The Window. Then check out Happy Birthday Ladies to read a love letter to her sweet baby girls. To get a feel for her humorous side, check out Mommy Needs a Time Out. Finally, to see a delicious example of the amazing recipes she posts, go drool over her Holy Cow Cake.