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  1. Christmas is so close and there’s so much to do, but when it finally actually feels like Christmas, my to-do list loses its luster and I just want to relish time won’t my family. Thanks for this reminder of how important that is!

    1. So well said, Mia! Thanks for commenting. Mele Kalikimaka!!

  2. Oh my. What a great post and reminder of what is really important at such a busy time. Thank you for sharing. The old saying “From the mouth of babes” seems very appropriate. Hugs!!

  3. Sheena carnie says:

    Love that. At the moment my youngest is obsessed with trying new magic/illusion tricks and wants to show me a new one every 5 mins. And I have to say I’m losing interest but am forcing myself to pay attention … or at least half of my attention while I type this comment on my phone!

  4. Thank you!!! NEEDED THAT.

  5. That’s adorable! If you ever want a break, just box him up in one of those pretty boxes and stick a whole LOT of stamps on it and send him over to the mainland. My three boys are all grown up, so I miss these four year old days! They can be so dang cute!

  6. Janice Simjian-Jones says:

    Monica, thank you for sharing what it means to be as a parent! I read your posts and I hear myself!! Many of the moments you describe (of course in a much different setting-New England) take place in my home too! I miss the innocence of Levi in my 14 year old and 16 year old- the years have pass by so quickly in the midst of my to-do list. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Just finished reading this beautiful story with my two girls. Lovely to know that I’m not the only one that learns many of life’s lessons through the innocence of my children. I have tried to be very intentional about savoring every moment this season, my husband was away on international work and arrived home last week so our family is doing things a bit different this year. We waited to do everything Christmassy until he got back, but it’s been wonderful to dwell on the real reason we celebrate- the birth of Jesus and the love for our family, friends, and neighbors. God bless you and your family this Christmas and thank you for blessing ours with this blog!

  8. Valerie T says:

    Love this post and a great reminder for what is TRULY important! IM glad you had that moment! xoxoxo

  9. Thank you for writing such a relatable story. It is so easy to dismiss our little ones for another thing we need to do, yet the time we spend engaged with them will have such a greater impact on them, and us, than any satisfaction we get from crossing something off our list. Merry Christmas Monica, you just gave your readers a precious gift!

  10. I’m so glad you shared this story! I’ve been having a lot of frustrating moments lately with our almost-2 year old and I needed to read this to get some perspective. Our kids really do teach us valuable lessons, if we let them.

  11. Love, love, love. <3 Merry Week Before Christmas, Monica! 🙂

  12. Erin Harvey says:

    I love cheesy <3 And because I have a 2 and a half year old boy, I have a HUGE soft spot in my heart for toddlers. I love this post!
    Merry Christmas!

  13. Loved this. The innocence and beauty of the season is shining through your little one… I experienced something very similar not long ago…it really opened my eyes as well to “what” is really important to my children. xo

  14. Wiping away a tear ~ thanks for the much needed perspective xxxx

  15. Hi Monica ~ I’ve been a friend of Kris Jones for over 65+ years and I saw you link on her facebook. What a wonderful and marvelous story. Isn’t that what Christmas is really all about. I love a child’s perspective, and your way with words so pulled me in. I will save you as a favorite, and be back to her “The rest of the story”.


    1. Wanda–That just made my day! Any friend of Aunt Kris’ is a friend of mine! Thank you for the sweet words of encouragement. I’d love to hear from you any time–I need all of the wisdom I can get. Aloha- 🙂

  16. Perfect and so timely. I miss my 4 year old boy (mine’s now 11) but I appreciate the lovely reminder to spend my time with him intentionally. Because next year he’ll be 12, and so on. Thank you.

  17. This is a Guideposts moment- for sure. My grandma used to pour over each edition, and then ( best of all) give them to me to read! How grown-up and important I felt. It makes me smile thinking about them.
    Thanks for the perspective- I needed it!

  18. Such a great reminder to us all!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Oh yes! Pure awesome! My favorite part is that he said, ” …. the best time in my lifetime!”

  20. What a precious story! Love this.

  21. Love this! Levi is such a great little teacher !