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Saying.No For my birthday this year my husband got me a cooking class with a local chef who has become a friend.  He wrote on the card I could invite 8 people – friends or family.

My daughter asked, “Who are you going to chose?”

“I’m choosing you.”  I said.

She smiled, “I knew that’s what you’d do.”

“Why?” I asked.

“Because you always choose us.”


My heart soared.  It would not have been a wrong choice at all to choose my friends.  Both choices were good ones.  But my daughter feels that when I get to choose how to spend my time, I choose them.


There are so many wonderful things competing for our time.  But in order to say “yes” to our families, we are going to have to say “no” to other things.   I really don’t like this part.  Saying yes  is fun!   But it also comes at a cost.  Something will have to give to make room for whatever commitments we choose.


Does this mean we say no to everything?  Absolutely not.  But we must weigh our choices carefully.  You can’t attend every birthday party, work function, church meeting, and social event on the calendar, or there will be no room left over. Saying “yes” to our families means we are physically present, emotionally available, and fully engaged.  It ultimately means: I.choose.you


Day #2 Dare {of the 31 Day Series}:

Say “no” to something this week

so you can say “yes” to your family.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Carol Shrader October 6, 2014, 5:24 am

    What a tribute from your daughter! How awesome that she KNEW you would choose her! That is a wonderful blessing you have given your family! Thanks for sharing!

    • Krista October 6, 2014, 5:55 am

      Thank you so much Carol! It did bless me so much that she said that… and reminds me to keep choosing them! {hugs}

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