November 9, 2006

It's Just One Of Those Erma Bombeck Kinda Days

If I Had To Live My Life Over

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the GOOD living room and worried much less
about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day
because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while
watching life.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth
would go into a holding pattern if I wasn't there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't
show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every
moment realizing that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance
in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later, now go
get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more "I Love You's" and more "I'm sorry's" but mostly,
given another shot at life, I would seize every minute ... Look at it and
really see it. live it. And never give it back.

-Erma Bombeck


  1. AMEN! I love those photos! Looks like you all had a great time...may I have a rain-check when I'm back on my feet?!


    I lvoe this.

    As always you inspire me, and I love your heart. And I LOVED your WW. My fav shopping center too! I wish I had more loot cakes LOLOLOL.....

    fellow hippi

  3. That's awesome! Thanks for the Bombeck words of wisdom.

    My house is a mess, you wanna come over?

  4. That's beautiful! I always loved reading Erma Bombeck's column in the newspaper when I was younger. :)

  5. We went to the park yesterday too! It was gorgeous out! Should have called you!

  6. Isn't this the truth... a good reminder to just stop and enjoy!!! Looks like that's what you and your boys did. It's warm(er) out here today...maybe Emma and I will go to the park too. The dust will still be there tomorrow!

  7. I love that poem. The pictures are such a nice touch with it!

    Lex has that same green shirt as Gray!

  8. peanut butter and jelly boatsNovember 09, 2006 8:17 AM

    Thanks for bringing it all back into perspective! It's going to be upper 60's today here and 70 tomorrow. Got to get those boys out to enjoy autumn!

  9. Yes, so very true. Thanks for reminding me!

  10. I'm realizing more and more to enjoy every minute of every day I've been given.

  11. I love this poem. It gets me every time! Thanks for sharing it along with those great shots!

  12. It's beautiful...

    As always, with wonderful photos of your little heroes :)

  13. Beautiful -

    I just found your blog. I noticed your wedding date - that's my Hubby's and my exact wedding date too! And I love your sons' names - all of them sound like names I would choose.

    You must be a good person. I'll be back.

    Amy :)

  14. beautiful! So true. I wish that I could let go of silly stuff and enjoy my kids more.

  15. I needed this baby is its been one of those days...have a great weekend

  16. AMEN! YOu can tell when you come to my home, what I think of our friendship by how I clean. If I love you like family, it'll be neat but not spotless. Spotles is reserved for those I fear (stupidly) judgement from. :) Silly, I know. But truly, I cherish the time spent with loved ones, more than obsessing over the spotless state of clean I could have my home in.


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