Thursday, September 05, 2013

Five Minute Friday: RED

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker and hundreds of others. We write for five minutes. All on the same prompt. No extreme editing. No worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

This weeks prompt: Red

He was so sweet and so little. Somehow he matured five years over the past two months. This boy has been blowing us away with his early achievements. He was building train tracks before his first birthday, my little Engineer. He was talking clearly sooner than his three big siblings. And now he is out of diapers months before the others were. Along with his maturity is his big temper. I'm hanging on to the truth that he is 2 and it will calm down. But man is it hard to reason with a 2 year old who can articulate his feelings and thoughts.



He just wants to be heard. Don't we all? He wants to eat breakfast with just me. Isn't that what our hearts often long for: undivided attention from someone you love? We were able to sneak breakfast alone last week not once but TWICE! Over and over he said, "Just us, Mumma. Just us. They are downstairs." He sat there in his red and blue pjs talking with me. He had me all to himself for a solid 15 minutes. 30 minutes in one week intentionally spending just the two of us. It was beautiful.

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

38 comments:

  1. How sweet Andi! It's amazing how each child is so different. Love on that little boy all you can!

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  2. Lovely, Andi. Breakfast alone...such a sweet gift for a two-year-old!

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  3. Andi! I'm so glad I clicked on your FMF linky. Goodness, I have five children as well and my fourth is two as well and oh, my goodness, her stubbornness and temper is the stuff that child-rearing books are written for. It just helped to read that someone else was in a similar situation. thanks for writing.

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  4. Such a sweet post. It is so beautiful that you can see through all the chaos and know how important it is to have special time! I can't imagine how hard it would be with 5! Blessings to you!!! Visiting from FMF

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  5. It was and a sweet gift for this mum! Happy weekend to you!

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  6. They surprise me all the time with their differences! Happy weekend!!!

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  7. Kristina, I feel an instant kinship with other mammas of 5! It is so comforting to know I'm not alone in the crazy! Thanks for stopping by. Happy weekend to you!!!

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  8. Some days prove very hard to find a few minutes to connect with each of them individually, but I try my best! Thanks for stopping by today. Happy weekend!

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  9. I LOVE those "just us" moments!! So much!! My lil guy will be 3 next week. Took him on a just-us date tonight. Your post made me smile. :)

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  10. Oh Dana, that makes me smile! Those dates are the best! I have one planned soon with my other little guy. :) Wishing you a happy weekend!

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  11. Preshie!!! I love this! Oh those Two's... (mine was most difficult for her Three's... well... and - you know...) ;) It all passes - and they mature (and we mature) and we enter a new season together... the cycle keeps on going! Glad you got to have some one on one time with him!

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  12. Those moments are the ones to hold on tight to when they present themselves. I love how precious his little heart was to say "just us" and let you know how much he loved having you to himself. Such a sweetheart.

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  13. "Just us, Mumma. Just us. They are downstairs." He sat there in his red and blue pjs talking with me. He had me all to himself for a solid 15 minutes. 30 minutes in one week intentionally spending just the two of us. It was beautiful." <---- So precious! I have a 2yr old as well and he has three older siblings that pull for my attention as well. :-) I love those "just us" moments with him. :-)

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  14. I can just imagine how important that alone time is in your full nest. Such sweet words for a Mama to hear. Such a treasure to have this time with him. Hugs and blessings to your for your weekend ahead.

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  15. I don't know how it JUST occurred to me yesterday that you are a mama to FIVE! Love this view of your life with your 2 year old. I know this feeling, the yearning for a mom's attention... and then I know the guilt when I fail to give it to my own son. Thank you for this precious reminder to make these moments happen when I can!

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  16. Love that you are soaking up these moments. Really wonderful and I am sure a coveted moment in a busy house! Love this!

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  17. beautiful post! and this is un-related but i love all of the pretty social networking buttons at the top. LOVE all of the color.

    visiting from FMF.

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    Jessica

    http://mybeautifulli.blogspot.com/2013/09/five-minute-friday-red.html

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  18. Hi Andi! ughh! conversations with an amazingly articulate 2 year old are the worst and - the best. that alone time is so hard to get when you've got a handful of kids. Bless you as you "make it work" friend.

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  19. I'm so glad you had those 30 minutes all to yourselves. My oldest is 13 and he still needs that alone time with me. It's hard to find but so precious when we get it. You're right, we all crave being the one and only at times.

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  20. So, so sweet! I know your time is divided and I get it; oh, how I do! I want you to know that despite those moments when our children are feeling that "division" you are an amazing mom.They are just small and their needs are big. We are human; not robots! We do the best we can and rest knowing God will pick up where we can't.... xoxox

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  21. How sweet! That's awesome that he can articulate this needs and wants for you so well. Maybe that will make being two a little easier for both of you!

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  22. This is awesome. What a fortunate kid to have a Momma working so hard to get, and appreciate, who he is.

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  23. Beautiful :) Thank your for sharing your and his heart. It may help articulate for those who can't just yet. Have a blessed weekend. Tara.

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  24. Those three's can be a beast! I love the cycles, keeping things fresh with familiar people. Happy day, Karrilee!

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  25. Faith, they are rare and treasured times. Thanks for stopping by. Have a super day with your littles. :)

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  26. Thank you, Rebekah for your sweet words. Wishing you a happy week. :)

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  27. I've been giggling all weekend about your sudden revelation! I'm often struck with that fact: I'm a mama to FIVE! I pray they will remember these special moments and the memories will fade of the days when I couldn't give them the attention I longed to give.

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  28. Thank you for stopping by, Jessica. Quality time is one of my top love languages, so I thrive on these moments! Happy day, friend!

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  29. Thank you for stopping by this week, Jessica. And thank you for your love!!! I have worded hard to get those colorful buttons just right. They make me smile every time I see them! Happy day to you. :)

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  30. They really are wonderful and horrible all at once! Thanks for stopping by this week. :)

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  31. Alia, you give me hope that my littles will still want that alone time even when they are 13! That is a testament to the awesome job you are doing. Happy day to you!

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  32. Thank you, friend! Sometimes I need that reminder: they are little with big needs and I am not a robot! Love you bunches!

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  33. It really does help! Thank you for stopping by this week. :)

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  34. I really try, Jen. Thank you for your encouragement! Have a super week!

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  35. Tara, he truly blows me away with how much he can express. I hadn't thought of him being able to help others with communication at this young age, but I think you are on to something! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week. :)

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  36. I love this, our kids and ourselves do want undivided attention from people for sure! I love that he got so much time with you!! My boys get ready for school at different times so it's been really special to have breakfast with each of them individually!

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  37. Jen, that is wonderful that you are able to have breakfast with them individually! Have a super duper fun day, friend!

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~Andi