Finding Joy in the Quiet Moments

Saturday morning Brandon and I woke up with so much on our to-do list. We were going to go to SneakerCon Atlanta, then swing by the JapanFest, then do a little shopping to finish the makeover of our laundry room, and we didn’t do any of it. Instead, we decided to sleep in and spend the day at home. 

We had a breakfast of waffles and berries, lounged in our living room sipping hot coffee, browsed social media, and I worked on a bit of blogging while he caught up on a Netflix series. My home was so quiet. For about an hour or two it was eerie quiet. Other than the sounds of Netflix and a bit of typing it was completely peaceful. My dogs were on high alert despite the almost-silence but they are always paranoid of every tiny little noise outside. 

For most of the morning I was fine but then, in the early afternoon, I had a few minutes where I felt stressed and unhappy with the quietness. I started to question if it meant that Brandon and I were drifting apart and had nothing left to say to one another; if our lives had become boring and complacent; or if we had just lost all energy or spark at all.

Then, I realized I was way off base.

It’s in these little moments today, these quiet moments that we have right now, that are allowing us to rest and cherish the joy and the love that we have in each other. As quickly as the stress came upon me, it faded away. In a few months, when the adoption is final and we are able to bring our son home, our whole world will change.

These quiet peaceful moments will be few and far between as our lives will be full of school, sports, and family activities. The silence will be overwhelmed with questions, giggles, silly jokes, and laughter. The perfectly clean home surrounding us today will be full of video games, legos, books, and other toys.

Suddenly, those quiet moments between us that I was hating just a few moments prior became a moment I was relishing because I recognized just how fleeting they really are in the grand scheme of our lives, lives that are usually so full of work, errands, and events. 

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These quiet moments that God has given us today are moments for us to rest, connect, and prepare for the amazing journey of parenthood that He is about to set us upon. These are the moments when we should sit silently and listen to His voice and he speaks to us. These are the moments when we should do as He says when He says…

“Be still, and know that I am God”

I made myself a cup of hot apple cider (my first of the Fall) and I quietly relished in the fact that at this moment I’m able to sit and enjoy a hot drink as so many of my mom friends have given up on hot ciders or coffees. I read a book because right now I still have the time to devote to those little pleasures. I kissed my husband and reminded him that I love him madly and that one day soon these quiet moments are going to be filled by a rambunctious little boy. We prayed and thanked God for both the quiet moments we have today and the boisterous moments to come.

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I binged on MasterChef and watched the finale. I snuggled with my puppies and encouraged them to enjoy these quiet moments too because soon there will be a little boy running circles around them. We went out to dinner at our favorite cafe and sat on the patio sharing our dreams for the days to come.

It was beautiful and our hearts were at peace. It was absolutely a day to be grateful for which is why I decided to join Emily from Ember Grey for another Grateful Heart link-up (a link-up to share what you are grateful for every Monday morning). 

I’d love to hear what you’re grateful for today.

Ashley LaMar
Ashley lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two small dogs. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. She also loves horror movies.
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