The Now


But the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this.

I did not live in the moment enough.

This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4 and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night.

I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed.

I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.”

~Anna Quindlen


 Lord – sweet and gracious giver of precious family, help me to live today. Now. My gaze upon you though ner’ so fixed on the next thing that I forget the gift that is in the here, the now – husband to wrap my arms around, the little ones to scoop up and embrace. You be glorified…



I want a life that makes music — not just practices the piano.

-Ann Voskamp