Summer. The season of bathing suits and shorts. I can just hear the moans and groans.
Here's how the year goes for so many women: New Year's goal to lose weight doesn't go as planned. Then summer closes in on us so we decide to work hard and lose the weight so that we look great in the bathing suits and sun dresses. But yea, it doesn't go as planned. Summer is now upon us and we are still carrying around the pounds we desperately want to shed but don't seem to be able to lose. So we cover up.
A pool day with the kids has us hiding on the sidelines because we are afraid to be seen in our bathing suits. We snap picture after picture of the kids to capture the memories for years to come. But we outright refuse to get in the picture because we don't want to see ourselves this way, nor do we want to be remembered this way. So instead of being present and living life, we watch from afar.
Friends, in 10, 20 or even 50 years from now when your kids are looking at photo albums of these years, they are not going to look at pictures of you and think, "Oh my! Look at big mom is!" They are going to look back with love at the years gone by. They are going to fondly remember those times spent having fun and making memories with mom. They are going to be so grateful for those memories captured for them to see.
If I can give you any summer time encouragement, it would be this: put on your bathing suit and get in the pool with the kids. Join in the park play. Be a part of the pictures with your kids. Stop worrying about how you look. Stop worrying about what others think. You are your biggest, and likely only, critic. Your kids what these visual memories. So jump in front of that camera with a big smile on your face!
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