Keeping First Things First

Since Friday, I’ve been visiting my mom.  It’s not necessarily been a leisurely visit, although it has been great to spend time with her.  You see, she had foot surgery- actually it’s the second foot.  Not just any foot surgery, but they basically had to take her foot apart and reconstruct it.  I can’t even imagine having that done!  But she had to, no getting around it.

I live about 3 hours away from my mom, and the rest of the family, and last spring (for the first surgery), I just couldn’t come down.  I had a 4 year old at home every day, and we were in the throes of end-of-the-school-year concerts, recitals, and tons of other commitments.  I really couldn’t bring Little Pea to stay at my moms with me- we didn’t know what it would be like for her, recovering from the surgery and not being able to bear weight for eight weeks.  But thankfully, my Aunt Joan came down for that first week.

I really felt horrible to not just be able to stop by and take out the trash, or take my mom grocery shopping, since she couldn’t drive.  It was the first time I had real regrets about living where we do.

So this time, with Little Pea in school and no recitals or concerts- Labor Day weekend, which would be slower anyway, I decided to come stay for the week after the surgery.  I decided that while it was possible, coming to help my mom would be my first priority, and my husband agreed.

So here I am.  It’s been a lot smoother than I imagined, although she had a few hiccups in the first few days.  Admittedly, I haven’t been working as much as I thought I would… because of time and my computer being feisty with the network.

But you know, it will all work out.  I’m learning to keep first things first, in work and in life.  As my dear friend Fiona said today. “stop chasing the shiny shiny …. focus.”  The shiny is very enticing to me, but I think this will be my new Motto!

So what about you? What’s going on in your life?

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. Treasure the moment- don’t worry about work- it’ll still be here long after your mom’s all well!!!


  2. I am so sorry that your mom had a rough beginning to her recovery. Thank God you were able to be here for her and help her. I am praying her recovery goes a lot smoother from here on out. Praying for a speedy recovery for her. ((HUGS)) to you both!


  3. Just be glad your mom is still alive. I lost mine last November 5, 2009. How I miss her so. My mom was a nut, a true nut, but I so miss her so…spend as much time as you can with her now, before it is too late.

    Before it is too late to ask her about all the stories she repeated, over and over again-and you didn’t listen because you had heard it a million times.

    Before it is too late to hear her say, one more time: “I love you”.

    Before it is too late to hear about the family, and how good/bad/ugly they were-and discern the way she ended up where she was at, in the end.

    Before it is too late for you to send her photo’s of school pictures of our kids.

    Mothers are precious, crazy or not. They love us kids in a special, very special way, and for this, I am forever grateful, I just got to know my mom, in a unique way. Treasure it. Do not take advantage of it. Love her for the strong person she is/was.

    Do it. Before it is too late.


  4. Dawn (Painter Mommy) says:

    You are doing the right thing. I had to do the same recently with my mom. It was not always easy either. But I always think about me being older and in her position and how I would want my children to do the same for me. I also think that our time with our parents is limited as they get older.

    I pray that you will have a wonderful time giving back to your mom right now and that you will grow closer too. I also pray for a quick healing for you mom. God bless you, DAWN (@PainterMommy)


    Twitter: reallifesarah

    Thanks Dawn! It was good to be here alone. When I bring my kids with me, I have to be attentive to them, but this time, I’ve been able to do everything my mom wanted, the way she wanted.


    Dawn (Painter Mommy) Reply:

    That is wonderful. And I am sure it was a nice break for you too being away from the kids. Us mamas need to have a break every once in a while. God bless ya sweety. Have a great rest of the week!



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