Make the most of every moment

Well… another one of our six children has passed through the milestone of graduating from High School. Yesterday afternoon Sam walked across the stage with a variety of honor cords and a medal drapped around his neck to accept his diploma.

Sam is the second of our six kids to do so and while I am equally proud of both Eli (’09) and Sam (’11), this one feels different. With Eli we still had the summer together before he headed off to college. And when he left for college it was only an hour away. It was difficult but not overwhelming because of the distance.

But one week from today we will witness Sam being sworn into the Marine Corps and say goodbye for 13 weeks. We plan to be at his graduation from boot camp but it feels very different. There’s a certain sense of finality because of Sam being away and unavailable.

I know that we’ll see and be with Sam beyond this week but it will be much less often and at the discretion of the Marines. And beyond boot camp who knows. Once he’s deployed anything can happen.

It is causing us – Susan and I – to be much more aware of making the most of every moment. Last night was the last Sunday night – perhaps ever – that Sam, Valerie and the younger four kids will play volleyball in the backyard, cards at the picnic table and make smoores over a campfire.

It’s a new day and a new week. Don’t assume that those you care about the most will be here tomorrow. Love them today! Cherish the time you have together!

Make the most of every moment!

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9 responses to “Make the most of every moment

  1. Suzanne Markley

    Rick,
    Very touching comments and so true. Time is so precious with our loved ones. God Bless you all as you make this transition.
    Love ya,
    Suzanne

  2. Dot Ronan

    Rick, all of this is so true and before you know it, you will be experiencing milestones with your grandchildren. It seems like only yesterday we were enjoying two little blond haired, blue eyed daughters and now we have a granddaughter who is a senior in college, a grandson who is 20 and on his own in Texas, a granddaughter who will be in 10th grade in the fall, a granddaughter who will be in junior high, and a grandson who will be in fourth grade! What happened to all those years?

  3. Debbie

    This is so true and it’s not only with kids. One of my dear friends died on Friday and I have known her since I was ten years old. Sometimes I get so busy working and taking care of my kids that I don’t pay attention to the world around me very well. It’s not like I forgot about her, but just had it in my mind that she would be around forever. Now, I wish I had visited her more and I wish so many things…but it is a hard lesson learned. It goes right along with the kids growing up thing…that happens so quick too.

  4. Merri Priest

    Rick,

    This really hit home for me! KaLeigh will graduate Sunday, leave for Germany on Tuesday evening for 3 weeks then be home for less than 6 weeks and will be off to college 5 hours away. It has been a very tearful weekend for me, as I’m sure I will continue to be a blubbering idiot for the foreseeable future!

    Good luck to Sam and to you and Susan (and the rest of your family) during this time!

  5. Carolyn Poer

    Congratulations. . and consolation, too!
    time does go so fast and then we are grateful and proud for other achievements.
    We know God has loaned the and we cherish each time with them. . .He is amazing with His gifts. We just need to appreciate them each minute of the day.

    love and thanks for being there for W & G too 🙂

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