There was a moment...

I've been having a rough couple weeks.

Not that life has gotten particularly harder, but my ability to handle life is not up to scratch lately. Hence, a rough couple weeks.

Last night between our couple's prayer together and my personal prayer, I was hit with a new idea. Oddly enough, a blogging idea. I had been reviewing the day and was trying to remember the special moments I'd had. Like when Al stared into my eyes for a second and smiled before running off again. Or when Bret and I were talking and how much better I automatically felt just admitting to my husband that I wasn't doing so great. Fleeting moments, yes, but sustaining and joyful moments. It occurred to me that I need to write these kind of moments down, that it would be helpful to my attitude, and that it might be helpful for other people's attitudes, too.

And so, please pass out the metaphorical cigars as we welcome the birth of, "There was a moment..."

There was a simply an opportunity for me (and you, if you like) to write down the moments that define life. To pause and remember what makes life special. To document and revel in the tender mercies God gives us.

There are no rules in writing "There was a moment..." posts. You don't have to wait until a certain day of the week. You don't have to write about a certain aspect of life; we're not limited to just motherhood, or just work, or just school, or just relationships, etc. etc. etc. Just write about the moments.

I would be very appreciative if you would share these moments posts with me, too. I've been seeing way to much unhappy junk lately. The news is downright depressing. I want to be reminded of the massive amounts of good in the world. Please share! If it only ends up that one or two people want to share, then we'll have our little elite group. If more interest is shown, maybe I'll do a weekly link up or something...we'll see how this goes, eh?

To jump start with a little inspiration, here's some quotes for you:

"Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."
Gordon B. Hinckley (quoting a newspaper article; emphasis added)

"...recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction."
M. Russel Ballard

What do you think? Will you join in and share the moments?

*Originally published March 2, 2011