Rock a Little Longer

Feb 28

Rock a Little Longer


Rock a little longer,

Squeeze a little tighter,

Be a little sillier.

Read one more book and

Sing one more song.

Play one more game.

Get out the play-doh and

Don’t be afraid to paint.

Listen a little better,

Snuggle one more minute.

Smile a little sweeter and

Love a little stronger.


One day…

The toys will stay put away,

No one will beg to paint.

Kisses won’t be so plentiful,

You won’t be as funny,

The house will be too quiet.

You won’t know any new cartoons.

There won’t be little socks in the laundry.

No one will call you while you’re in the bathroom.

And it will suddenly hit you and you will wish

That you rocked a little longer,

Squeezed a little tighter…



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  • Janet Roller Feb 28 at 5:06 pm

    Okay…between you and Amy today…
    Thanks for the sweet reminder that our time with little ones passes much too quickly. Every now-and-then I get out their baby clothes and show them how small they were. They can’t believe how small they began…I can’t believe how big they are now.
    Thanks Carol.

  • kmom3 Feb 28 at 5:13 pm

    YES! The Lord has been speaking to my heart about this. About slowing down and enjoying my girls. This is beautiful, Carol!

  • Cheri Feb 28 at 5:26 pm

    That was beautiful.It reminds me of Beth Moore’s book, Feathers From my Nest. It is a great read. I definetly came a way with a new look on motherhood. It’s one of my favorite books.

    It’s always great to be reminded of how fast the time goes so you can be sure to take the time to make memories. Thank you!

  • Darlene Feb 28 at 5:41 pm

    I like the poem. It makes me sad in a way. My daughter is 18 and we both loved to rock and play. I wish I could hold her like that again. You know..”one more time”. But, at least I have the memories.
    Children grow up way to fast.

  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) Feb 28 at 6:20 pm

    beautiful! 🙂

  • Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years Feb 28 at 6:51 pm


    note to self: don’t read Carol when you’re feeling hormonal. 😉

  • Michelle Feb 28 at 8:50 pm

    Well said!!

  • Amy Wyatt Feb 28 at 9:04 pm

    So what you are telling me is I need to walk away from the computer and go play Barbie and Pet Shop and watch Dora and Little Mermaid. I’m going right now.
    Thanks for the reminder.

  • BethAnne Feb 29 at 8:22 pm

    It is so hard to remember this when we are busy with life. Thanks for the reminder – – I might need you to remind me of this on Monday too 🙂

  • My2Blessings Mar 1 at 6:49 am

    Thanks Carol for the reminder to enjoy each “today” with my boys while it’s still today. “The days are long, but the years are short” is so true! You turn around and they’re grown. You made me cry, but they were happy tears too, happy that I have all these experiences with a 3 year old and a six year old still in front of me to enjoy…that’s the key…ENJOY today, YES, even when they’re calling when you’re in the bathroom…Because all too soon, today will be but a memory. Thanks for the reminder to TAKE THE TIME to make it a good one 🙂


  • DeAnna Mar 1 at 9:45 pm

    Toys and loud noises and kool-aid and crumbs all over the floor will be gone before I know it. It seems like only yesterday I was rocking my newborn, and now he is eight. Thanks for the reminder to not sweat the small stuff and just enjoy the moment of today!

  • The Stokes Family Mar 3 at 2:45 am

    AHHHH! This has been on my mind lately as well–I feel like I drag Anna Beth and the boys everywhere, trying to finish all of this house-building ‘stuff’. I am so ready to just be at home and enjoy time together again. The past few months have certainly not been great ‘rocking’ time. ;-( The end is very near, hopefully we haven’t lost too much time!


  • Linda Mar 3 at 8:53 pm

    Beautifully written and so true, except their socks will always be with you, just bigger! Just kidding! And yeah, you definitely won’t be as funny. They stop laughing with you and start laughing AT you. Ha. I love my teenagers. Really sweet post.

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