I just had a conversation with my Dad about how I was interested in pursuing my Master's Degree, but was concerned about the time commitment for the classes and studying. I am working part-time right now for an organization I adore, and that, plus taking care of James and Ella, keeping house and spending time with my husband had me thinking that perhaps right now isn't the best time to consider grad school.
Dad put it into perspective for me. "Think about it this way," he said, "do you want to do anything right now that will take you away from the time you have with your kids?" He told me, "Really--this is the best time in your life." He told me a story about how he remembered when I was 3 or so, we stepped out of the house onto the steps. I was holding his hand, and I looked up at the sky and said, "Dad! Look! The clouds are all stuck together!"
He said he will never forget that moment. It was a good hard kick of reality for me. I have made the choice to stay home and take care of my children. I need to remember that many Moms and Dads don't have the luxury of making that choice. I need to suck up EVERY MOMENT of sticky goodness that I can.
That said--here are some photos I took recently. They just make me laugh, these two precious children. Grad school can wait.