Red LOVE sign, letters covered with footprints, bicycle wheels, canoe paddles, skate wheels, with text overlay: Seize the Moment! Spending Time with Loved Ones

Seize the Moment! Spending Time with Loved Ones

This past week has been wonderful! Our son was finally able to come visit us after almost two years, and I can’t tell you how happy this mama was! As you may have noticed, I was absent from the blogosphere for the time he was here. I wanted to spend as much time as possible with him. When we have a chance to spend time with the ones we love, we need to use that time to really be with them.

For our family, that means hanging out at home watching movies or doing something crafty, taking walks on some of our beautiful trails, or going out for a meal or ice cream (yes, there may have been a couple of trips to our favorite ice cream truck).

However we choose to spend the time with our loved ones, the important thing is that we be present with them. There really isn’t any greater gift we can give those we love than the gift of our time and attention.

I’m so grateful our son took a whole week of vacation to spend it with us. It really did mean the world to us. I’m sure there were lots of (more fun) things he could do instead of spending time with his parents.

Our relationships with others – our social dimension of wellness – is so critical to our overall wellness. When we take the time and make the effort with our relationships, we are much more grounded and fulfilled.

I plan to get back to my regular schedule next week, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a few photos from our time with our son. And yes, I did take pictures of him, but to protect his privacy, I’ll only share the one below.

Man walking away from camera on pathway that goes through a flowing stream
Our son getting ready to walk across the water. The logs washed across the path during a heavy rainstorm we had recently.
Geese swimming on muddy-looking water
If you saw my last photos of this park, there we some little goslings swimming around. Some of these geese are those same little goslings. We could still see some down on their necks when they came to beg for food (which they DID NOT get from us. It’s never a good idea to feed wildlife).
We learned to paint rocks during this visit. Don’t you just love this little penguin my son did? I hadn’t finished my ladybug’s eyes when I took this picture, and I forgot to photograph the finished project. We painted several, and I left a couple by the trail on one of our outings.
Painted rocks, one penguin and one partially finished ladybug
This was another trail we hadn’t visited before. We felt like we were REALLY out in nature here. I wasn’t completely sure we weren’t going to encounter a bear at some point….
Red LOVE sign that has footprints, bike wheels, canoe paddles, and skate wheels on the letters
The LOVE Sign at the entrance to yet another fabulous trail in our city.

How do you make sure you’re really present when spending time with your loved ones? Do you and your family or friends have any favorite activities? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

Portion of the LOVE sign mentioned above with text overlay: Seize the Moment! Spending Time with Loved Ones

30 comments

  1. What a great post.💝🎉 So thankful your son got to visit for a week of vacation and you all could enjoy quality and fun family time. Love the pics. Our family time seems to always involve food. Before grandkids we enjoyed game nights. Now we enjoy entertainment provided by the little ones.

    1. Thanks so much Sarah! It really was a great week! I’m sure the entertainment your little ones provide is even better than game nights. They always seem to have so much fun when they’re together, and with their grandparents, of course.😊 Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

  2. Lovely photos and glad you had some proper time with your son. I am the same at the moment with my new granddaughter. I cannot possibly get into a routine at the moment I just blog when I get chance but spending time with my loved ones has always been my priority. Stay safe xx

    1. Thanks so much Bar. I’m so glad you’re able to spend time with your new granddaughter! I know your heart is full right now. The time we have with the ones we love is so precious, isn’t it? I hope you’re staying safe and well sweet friend. Sending hugs!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Ang! We really do have some beautiful parks around here and I feel blessed to have such easy access to so many of them. It really was nice to see the same geese and know they were the little babies we had seen the month before. Blessings to you!

  3. I too am glad that you were able to spend the time with your son and that he made the time to come and be with you. I also appreciate the picture, guarding his privacy. I liked the painted rocks too! Blessings, Michele

  4. How delightful Terri! It’s so wonderful to spend time with our lived ones.
    I’ve had some beautiful times with my dear ones in the last seven months, we love just hanging out together, watching movies, eating snacks, going out for lunch or brunches, tea times are so sweet when shared with our lovelies.
    Bless you sweet friend,
    Jennifer

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer! I’m so glad you’ve been able to spend time with your loved ones over these last few months. It’s always so special when we can spend time with friends and family, isn’t it? I hope you’re doing well, sweet friend, and that your weather has warmed up a little. Sending hugs your way!

      1. I’m glad you had your sister with you. I have OnStar and always hope I never have to use it, but it sure does give you a good feeling to know there’s going to be someone “at the other end” of that call button if you do have to use it. I’m glad they were able to get you help right away. As you said, now you have quite a story to tell.😊

  5. Aww this is fabulous, Terri! I’m glad he got to spend the week with you – of course he’d choose his vacation time wisely and spend it with his folks, it’s an excellent idea. I love the rock painting, too. I saw another blogger doing those for a year-long challenge and it made me really want to give it a try, but I don’t know where to get nice rocks from around here 😂 I’m glad you’ve got some great photos and managed to get lots of fresh air to enjoy nature, too. Family time, greenery & good times, sounds like just what the doctor ordered. xxxx

    1. Thanks so much Caz! We really did have a great week together. Believe it or not, I ordered our rocks from Amazon. I wanted some nice small ones to practice on, since we hadn’t done it before. The ones I got were mostly around 1-1/2 to 3 inches long. They’ve been a good size to practice on. I hope you’re doing well sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

  6. Such a great post with a very poignant message. For me, since my parents are in their late 80’s, I noticed that spending time with them is truly a gift. There is nothing more valuable than the memories that I make with them with the time they have left. Every thing that I experience with them whether it be big or small gets tucked away in my somnolent memory so that one day I can access them and smile.

    1. Thanks so much Mark! I’ve found the same thing with my parents. I try to make sure I make the most of the time I have left with them, whether that’s many years or just a few. The older I get, the more I realize just what a gift I have in having my parents still living. I hope you’re doing well dear friend. Blessings to you!

      1. Thanks Terri. Ric is back in hospital – just had another reconstruction on his knee (last one failed). From here he goes to rehab hospital for strengthening. Things are quiet around the house, save the dogs.

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