You know how there are those small moments in life that completely blow you away emotionally. Beautiful moments you wish you could bottle and release when things don't look so rosy?
I had two of them recently with my oldest son. And for no other reason than to make sure I remember them, I'm writing them down:
I was shepherding my boys up the stairs to get ready for bed. My oldest son stopped, looked up at me and asked me to carry him. I haven't carried him up the stairs in years since he's almost five but I was feeling nostalgic of the time when he was a little boy so I said sure. I lifted him up and held him tight against me. He put his arms around me neck, leaned his head on my shoulder and whispered "you're the best mommy in the world, I love you so much." OMG, I melted inside but tried to keep it together and just said "I love you too."
A few days later....
After having a few hours of some special one-on-one time with him, I caught him staring into the distance. I asked him what he was thinking about. He looked up at me with his big brown eyes and said "I was thinking about what to make for you to say thank you for what you did."
Again, OMG, could life be like this every day?
Write down the special moments with your kids somewhere so you can go back and remember them when they're teenagers that just grunt at you and run up to their rooms. :)