Friday, December 18, 2009

Sleeping Angels

Yesterday was one of those crazy normal days—you know, the ones where the kids argue all day and the toddler is whiny and you’re trying to get 13 loads of laundry done that you’re behind on because you realized that morning that your husband and kids were out of clean clothes, and on top of that all you really want to do is holiday baking:-), plus figure in feeding the baby, homeschool, and all that goes along with it—well it was one of those days around here. 

I reminded myself throughout the day to relax, calm down and just slow down.  I have to say, I didn’t do as well as I’d have liked to.  I didn’t completely lose it, but I could have and should have done much better. 

Last night before I went to bed I was doing my usual and looking in on the kids who were all asleep.  When I looked in on Hanna what I saw touched me so much.  She was sleeping with Hunnee Bunnee. 


Hanna got Hunnee Bunnee right before Joe was born.  She attended school with Hanna and the two of them were inseparable.  Hunnee Bunnee is a Build-A-Bear with my voice inside of her—we’ve had to replace the voice recording more than once over the years:-).  Hanna stopped sleeping with her almost a year ago, and I can’t lie, it broke my heart.  When I saw her sleeping with her last night, after the day it had been for me, I was so touched.  She looked so young and so sweet and peaceful.

Next, I checked in on Joe and he was sleeping with his Ted.  I know it won’t be long before Joe doesn’t need Ted either. 


These things may seem so unimportant and silly to some, but to me it symbolizes one piece of childhood that is being replaced with a piece of growing up and it’s not easy.

I love these crazy normal days so much.  Everyone of them.  These are some of the best times I will ever share with my children, and I thank my Heavenly Father with all my heart for blessing me with each one of them!


  1. Your children look so precious. Hudson has a special bear (whose name is Bear) and I just dread the day he doesn't need Bear anymore.

  2. aww she looks so young there! how sweet! she just needed some bedtime snuggles!

    they both look so cute

  3. Such sweet pictures! Abby still carries her stuffed kitty everywhere and has to sleep with him. In fact, he isn't out of her sight much.

  4. Beautiful pictures! Who knows maybe Joe will always be sleeping with a stuffed animals. Both my husband and myself have special "cuddle friends", and he still has his first special cuddle friend who certainly looks very loved. Anna adores her kitty, and we hope that this love also keeps for a long time.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this.
    It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day stuff and miss all those precious little moments. Thanks for reminding me to cherish all these childlike moments while they last.

  6. I seriously have tears in my eyes right now. This is so sweet. I'm not ready for my children to grow up. Why does it have to happen so fast? Precious.

  7. Your kids look so sweet sleeping with their teddys.

    Selena gave her bunny up this time last year. I miss seeing her sleep with Hoppy!

  8. Awww, I love pictures of sleeping kids.

  9. Oh Susana, I totally agree with you. THose are such precious pictures. Caleb has a cat named Biscuit and I hope he still needs her for a very long time. I am not ready for the next phase yet.

  10. Oh, my! This made me cry. I love sweet sleeping babies after a hard day. Makes the day so much easier with a heart full of love. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Oh, those normal/crazy days! I can so relate to this post! I have been really working on staying calm in the moment when I start to feel like I could easily snap at one of the kids or my husband. Trying to dig into the scriptures daily, if not several times a week has really helped. Also, writing favorite verses out and posting them around the house as a reminder has been so helpful.

    I have also learned that having piles of laundry and dirty kitchen floor is OK. Hard concept for me to grasp but I am getting better.