Saturday, August 8, 2015

How to Create More Happy Moments That Matter Most

Neal A. Maxwell

How to Create More Happy Moments That Matter Most


I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I enjoyed taking it. My sweet 3-year-old thoroughly enjoyed creating and swimming in her mud bath - even laying down in it! It made us both completely happy. I was happy because she was enjoying herself so much. She was happy because, let's face it, getting dirty is a ton of fun!

Remember Other Happy Moments and Recreate Them


It's the little, quirky moments in life that are the most memorable. It all started because I remembered how much her two older sisters enjoyed playing in the mud around this age. It was awesome then and is still awesome now. But Sweet Pea took it to an entirely different level of dirty!

This picture reminds me that in this moment I got my priorities right. I didn't care that the mud would probably stain her clothes or that she would have to get a real bath sooner than later. I completely basked in this moment with my funny, adventurous girl and made a memory to last forever.

Establish Priorities - Who Will Get Your Attention?




I've spent a lot of time thinking about my priorities the past few weeks.

The scriptures are clear that we are to prioritize God first  (Matthew 6:38). We are to build up his kingdom on this earth.




The most important place to do that is in our homes - with our own families. After all, the family is the central unit of God's creations. Put God and family first, and all else will fall into place or out of our lives.

Take Cues From the People Around You


Now go take a deep breath and make a good memory with someone you love! Has your child been begging to be taken to the park, wanting to do a craft with you, help you in the kitchen? Perhaps your spouse or best friend has needed some one-on-one time with you just to talk. The opportunities are endless as we search for ways to create more happy moments that matter most. And, honestly, it's the little ones that will be remembered.

Read more about a little moment that hasn't been forgotten in almost 30 years:
Small Moments That Make a Big Difference

Watch the video below for some simple suggestions. In the comments I would love to hear about some of your moments that matter most.

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42 comments:

  1. Sweet post! I enjoyed checking out the zucchini/beef recipe, as well. Thanks for sharing & for visiting me at Doorkeeper. Blessings!

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  2. I absolutely LOVE this post and could not agree more. You really hit the target and really appreciate the reminder. I featured you on my FB page and can't wait to see what you bring next week to the Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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  3. What a wonderful post-and the perfect reminder at the end of my busy day! Thank you so much for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

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  4. You are welcome, C.D. Your comment lifted me today!

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  5. Thank you for sharing this sweet moment! I'm looking forward to making many precious memories with my husband and daughters when we go on vacation next week. As my older daughter will need to have a job next summer, I know this may be a last of its kind to some extent. So, God-willing, I plan to soak up every minute. (But maybe not a mud bath! :) )

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    1. Maybe just a mud mask on your face while you get facials together? Enjoy your last free summer!

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  6. Such a sweet moment! I'm always happy when I stop and take the moments, too. Sometimes they can be so fleeting. Like when Baby Boy just reached up and pulled my head down for kisses and told me he loves me.... :)

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    1. How very tender! Thank you for sharing and commenting!

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  7. Moments like these are the ones you remember, perhaps because they are the ones with substance. Thanks

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    1. I would agree with you there! Thanks for commenting, Andrew.

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  8. This is one of my favorite posts! Thank you so much for sharing this moment with us, for sharing what was on your heart, and I really, really loved the video as well! This should be a daily reminder for us busy Mommies! Thank you so very much for sharing your heart!

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    1. I'm so glad you came by and left such a meaningful comment. Thank you for leading me to your blog through here! It's great.

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  9. Yes, slow deep breath. Priorities- God, myself last, family, others. Loved this post. What a good mom to let her have fun!
    Here from Create and Share.

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    1. Fun indeed! We've done it a couple more times since then, it was such a blast! Thanks for coming by. I'm glad you left a comment. :)

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  10. Those moments are so precious and if we don't grab them and tuck them away safely in our little bank of memories, they will quickly pass! My children are not toddlers or babies anymore, but I still have to grab those precious moments. Like when my 13-year-old son asks me to come kiss him goodnight and it is 10:00 p.m. and this Mama is toast! I know that when I do that, he lays in his bed and rambles on about all things like NBA statistics, a friend at school, or school in general. Those conversations I will hold onto forever. His special download times with me. Something priceless and worth way more than my sleep! :-) I'm so glad I stopped by from #Reflect!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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    1. Thank you for relating to my post, Lori! I don't think we'll ever be glad for the memory of sleeping compared to the memories we make when we choose, like you, to listen to our children. Great point!

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  11. Can't help but smile when you see that picture. These are the precious moments. It's so easy when you're a young mother to always think about the work that you will have to do instead of the precious and crazy memories that will be made. Later on in life, those are the moments that mean the most. Visiting from Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Diane

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    1. I'm so glad you chose to visit my blog. Thank you for your comment!

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  12. I totally agree! If we don't make priorities we will be stretching ourselves beyond our ability and missing out on what really matters most. I wish we could bottle up these precious moments with our children but we can't so we just have to be present and cherish them while we can. Linking up with you at shine blog hop:)

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    1. I might be able to bottle up some of that mud, though. :) Priorities are so key, and, for me, so easy to put aside. I'm trying to do better! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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  13. What a beautiful post and such a delightful reminder.

    God first... yes... always.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely evening.
    xoxo

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  14. Loved the picture. Reminded me of one I have of my son when he was a toddler at our back door covered in mud. Wonderful video and message!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it and took the time to watch the video, too! Thank you!

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  15. Love this so much. I am so happy that you shared this link on #HomeMattersParty and I hope you will come back and share again.

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    1. Thank you Melissa! Your comment warmed my heart. I'll be back. :)

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  16. A great reminder on setting priorities. Thank you for sharing your heart on #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

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    1. Thank you, Crystal! You have a wonderful link-up.

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  17. Precious post! Thank you for sharing at Women With Intention Wednesdays!

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    1. You are welcome, Jenny! Thanks for reading!

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  18. Look at her happy face in that picture! You're obviously doing it right.

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  19. Thank you for sharing your positive and inspiring post with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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    1. You are welcome, Deborah. You are so good to come over and comment!

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  20. What a precious post, my dear! God and family....what sweet gifts! Thank you for sharing this delightful post with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

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  21. Thank you so much for the reminder. I am quite guilty sometimes of not taking the time to enjoy the little moments that make up life.

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    1. You are welcome, Jessica. Thank you for connecting with me!

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  22. I love how our children can stop us in our tracks and remind us to slow down focus on what's truly important. Prioritizing our walk with the Lord and our family are such a blessing. Thanks for sharing this at Intentional at Home!

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    1. You are welcome, Victoria. You have such a nice site! It's always a pleasure to link up with you.

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