The view from down here

I can’t remember spending this much time on the floor… ever.One of the things that I decided early on in my journey toward motherhood was that I wanted to be the kind of mom who is not afraid to get dirty with my kids.

I want to be a mom who plays “make believe” and wrestles and tickles and runs around in the yard.

I want to me a mom who makes up songs and reads stories in funny voices and accents.

I want to be a mom who climbs inside the sandbox instead of just watching from nearby.

I want to be a mom who finger paints and who says it’s okay to jump in puddles now and then.

I want to be a mom who helps out with building forts and takes camping trips in the back yard.

Sure, there’s laundry to get done and dishes in the sink. There’s a shopping list to make and a few cards to write. There’s emails to write and paperwork to do.

And getting those things done is important and good (and I will… eventually).

But there will always be a list of “to do’s” longer than the hours in my day.

So despite those long lists I want to keep perspective.

I want to be a mommy who spends time on the floor… Because I love the view from down here.


About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Ana
    26 May 2010 at 4:03 pm

    It's a view you will continue to love and enjoy as Levi grows!

  • Anonymous
    26 May 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Lovely blog. Your son is adorable. My twins are 7 and my son is 4 and I find myself still on the floor, playing intricate games only my children understand.
    Enjoy your time with your son and photograph the world from his view.


  • Sluiter Nation
    27 May 2010 at 12:03 am

    what an adorable little wee man you have there! I have a little gent myself! Love you blog…new follower!

  • Mommycrat
    27 May 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Agreed! Sometimes I start thinking – sigh – I have "x" to do – then I get down on the floor with her for whatever she's doing (which usually isn't too much – but she's smiling) – and I realize other stuff can wait!

  • flyrish
    27 May 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Ah yes, the floor is a very familiar place to me, too. It's a great place to be! Your son is absolutely adorable.

  • The Mommy
    28 May 2010 at 11:13 am

    That sounds like a fun mommyhood!!
    I would love to be like that too:)


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