A tragic reminder to live in the moment

Last Friday’s tragedy in Connecticut has left many of us completely heartbroken. My prayers go out to the loved ones of the innocent victims that lost their lives far too soon. As the details of the tragic event were being announced to the world, I had an overwhelming urge to hug my kids a little tighter and enjoy every minute I have with them. You just never know when your life will change forever.

One of my very favorite quotes about treasuring the small and simple things in life is this one:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. … I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Please enjoy this free printable and keep it as a daily reminder to enjoy the simple moments of life that can often be taken for granted.

Or, here is the entire quote if you’d like that one too:

(Click HERE to download both of these PDF documents)

For those who are grieving, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope you can find comfort in this difficult time.


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  1. jen@tatertotsandjello says

    Thanks for the beautiful printable Steph! I know we are all thinking of those families and praying for them and the community.


  2. says

    Thank you for the beautiful printables. I need to hang them in a prominent place so we can all focus on the moments at hand. Life is precious and fleeting to be filled with unimportant busyness!

  3. Jessica @ Jessabells says

    Thanks so much for these sweet printables. It is so true that we are so busy living and trying to get by that we can sometimes miss the small moments that are actually the biggest. Thanks again.


  4. says

    What an idiotic and insulting post. You are not heartbroken that someone’s children have died. To suggest you are belittles real grief. You may be shocked or a bit upset – but it has not broken your heart.

    Nothing pisses bereaved parents off more than some idiot responding to the immense tragedy of a child’s death on the new than saying you want to hug your own kids tighter. Lets just make someone else’s child dying about you and your family. Self-centered and smug.

    Horrid, horrid post.

    • James Edmonds says

      I have to say I agree with Susan – there seem to be many in this world that feel the need to jump on the band wagon of other peoples grief. But there is absolutely no way that the emotion you feel on hearing tragic news of a childs death in another city or country can be classified as grief. Revulsion, sadness, pity, empathy yes all of these but not grief and your hearts have not been broken. So please have respect for the truly bereaved and do not cheapen what is a parents absolutely worse nightmare by claiming some kind of vicarious connection to their grief. If you want to hug your children do so because you love them, not from some frenzied fear of tragedy. And when you’ve finished hugging read this article by a local journalist here in the UK.


      • Bereaved parent who can't hug my child says

        I’m actually with Susan and Jimmy, having lost my child having truly experianced the worst grief ever post like this and your stupid printable leave me with a little vomit in my mouth. I cannot believe that people use grief like mine as a reminder that their children are precious.