Catching Them On The Way Out The Door


The very famous words from the book, Love You Forever, author Robert Munsch, has been memorized by audiences all over the world.  Young parents, the elderly, teens remember this from their earlier years, and little children know this by heart.

Forever to our children is such a very long time.  If they have to “sit in the corner,” it feels like forever.  When we are traveling in the car, it goes on “forever.”   Getting a hair cut – takes forever.

Time is relative.  One moment we are swaddling our children and soothing them with our words, and the next day we are running behind them while they pedal furiously over the gravel, knowing that it is almost time to let go and let them glide down the road on their own.

Dan and 3 oldest

Forever slow go the days we are counting how many sandwiches we have make, or how many baths we will have to give.

Forever long are the nights we are awake with sick children, or washing the piles of sheets and towels.

Forever hard are the disagreements and the challenges that brink us to weak knees and tears.

In the moments when we are weary and frustrated, we wonder if forever will ever be enough.

audrey sick

Audrey chalk

leah fun


In the blink of an eye they are making their own food, and we cannot keep the refrigerator stocked fast enough.  They are driving to work and their bicycle has been passed onto another fresh-starter. The hot water is gone from their long showers, and the bath toys are recycled away.  The minutes that seemed to drag on forever have turned into years,  and we are realizing that we just want to catch them one more time – to say:

I love you.

Be safe.

You can do this.

How is your heart today?

Do you need a hug?

If you need any thing, let me know.

Do you have time for lunch?

And we reach into our minds for one more word.  One more thought to catch them at the door  – to linger just a little bit longer.

ben and I

Because, now forever does not seem to be so long.   We are on the other end of the waiting.  The knowing that even when we catch them on the way out the door, just for a moment – our heart runs on repeat:

I’ll love you forever,

I’ll like you for always,

as long as I’m living

my baby you’ll be.”

sam and I

lydia and I

Dear mothers, capture the hearts of your children today.  Catch the loose threads that they are waiting for you to hold onto as they come and go.  The threads of their character, their heart and soul and the moments that only a mother can see and know how to love.

Catch them on the way out the door, for some day their return may not be as swift.  Seize every moment.  Forever is a long, long time.


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  • Reply
    Julie Wilson
    April 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    These two… I’m going to work on these two this week!!

    How is your heart today?
    Do you need a hug?

    Thank you, September, for this encouragement today!

    • Reply
      April 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Julie ~ How is this going? I always love seeing you here and touching base. Blessings in your motherhood this week. Hugs!

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    Elissa P
    April 29, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Beautifully said Ms. September. It brings tears and joy to my heart to know that forever is a long time, but how we choose to raise our children now and prepare them for forever will last throughout eternity. I have a lot of praying and work to do.

    Peace to you.

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      April 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      My heart is thinking on your words. Forever is a long time, but our moments are our choice right now. Thank you for sharing here today. Blessings!

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    Rachel Quigley
    April 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Good morning Ms. September, this is my first time here. I heard about you through a friend. We hosted the (in)RL conference at our church this last Saturday and my friend recognized your name through a mutual friend. Thank you for sharing your story! I am actually a local girl right in your backyard, and a fellow homeschooling mom. I don’t want to leave my address here but I would love to connect with you! 🙂

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      April 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Rachel – It is wonderful to “meet” you.” I would love to connect. It is such a small world. I hope you enjoyed your (in)RL meet up. It was a joy to share my story. I hope to see you here and around more in the future. Blessings.

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    April 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you for this encouragement and reminder! I needed this. You are such a blessing in my life and always help me to come back to what is most important.

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