5 Life Lessons from my three days as the “Nanny”.

Each year I set my intentions, priorities, and goals and spending more time with my family and especially all my nieces and nephews is one of those high priorities. I know I only have a few years before they are all grown up and leave the house to pursue their dreams and goals. 

So, when my sister-in-law, Cary, messaged me on Friday AM asking if I can be the “Nanny”  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for their 4 kids… I said absolutely!  I spent the first part of this week driving them around to basketball practice, birthday parties, baseball games, and just hanging out. I am grateful that I have the freedom and flexibility to shift things around and make them a priority for 3 days.

Life Lesson #1:

Make time for those who are important in your life. Be there for them even if that means you need to shift a few things around!

While spending time with each of them, I was reminded how we can learn from every situation and find the lessons life gives us.  

The oldest Grace, is definitely plays the classic roll of the BIG SISTER. I had to remind myself that she is still a teenager and she needs to have fun too.  I enjoyed our conversations and seeing that how much she loves and protects those she cares about.  But I also I needed to remind her… It’s ok to just be crazy, have fun, and make a mess. (Don’t grow up too fast!  You have plenty of time to do that.)

Life Lesson #2:

Don’t grow up to fast… It’s ok to just be crazy, have fun and make a mess!

During Willem’s baseball game, I was able to see him be a great team player and encourage others to do their best. By being a team player, he is an all-around awesome baseball player he has been able to learn all the positions on the team and does them very well.  

During his game he played all but four positions.  I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years, as the competition gets harder, if he will be starting every game. If the coach says who can play (insert position) he can confidently raise his hand and say.. “I can”.

Life Lesson #3:

Be a team player and encourage others to do their best!

During both of Carsten’s  baseball games, I watch him keep his focus and put his whole heart into it.  He is an awesome pitcher, but the first game the field didn’t have a pitcher’s mound so he was struggling to get consistent strikes and was moved to a different position. I watched him shake off his frustrations, keep his head in the game, and help his team win with a few hits including hitting a solid infield home run.

The next game he started the game pitching and I told him that as long as he was pitching I would stay to watch his game instead of heading back home, even if that means I stay late and watch the whole game if he is still pitching.  The smile on his face was priceless! He reminded me to do your best in every moment and put your heart into everything you do.

Life Lesson #4:

Do your best in every moment. Put your heart into everything you do!

Now the youngest Henry, he’s at the age where playing with his older brothers is fun until something goes wrong than a meltdown occurs.

He reminded me that every once in a while we all have meltdowns but the key is to be resilient… Find a way to get a hug, pick yourself up, realize you are ok,  focus on something good, crack a smile, and keep move forward.

Life Lesson #5:

It’s ok to have a meltdown but the key is to be resilient. Find a way to get a hug (or a virtual hug), pick yourself up, focus on something good, crack a smile, and keep move forward.

My life is blessed and I’m grateful!

Take the next few days to be grateful for the little things.

  1. Focus on what is great about every person you encounter and every experience you have?  What is wonderful about that person? What lessons are you learning and what value are you gaining from that situation?
  2. Create a list of those who you are grateful for.  Send them a message and let them know you appreciate them.

Embrace the season you are in by leaning in and loving big!

Leave a comment below and let me know what you are grateful for!