The Snuggle is Real {Making Time for the Fleeting Moments}


Mornings are always a struggle in our house.

No matter how much we prepare the night before or how early we get up, the struggle is real. Our littles wake up, and all bets are off as to how our morning might go.

We’ve tried it all… incentives, disciplines, charts, and even waking them up one at a time.  There is still a struggle.

A few weeks ago, our 10-year-old said, “Before I get ready, can we snuggle?”


This particular morning was a Sunday morning and that is a work day for us since we are both in ministry. We don’t have to pack lunches and backpacks before we head out the door, but this particular morning, we knew that we would not be home until after dinner due to the activities of the day. We both had to teach and serve and were trying to get everything together.

His request went ignored for a few moments and then he asked again, “So Mom, can we snuggle?”

Amidst our crazy morning, I looked at my husband and he said, “Snuggle, I can handle this,” and he proceeded to take over what I was working on so I could stop everything and snuggle our 10-year-old.

It was glorious. 10 minutes went by and we were still snuggling. 

We talked and snuggled and when he was done, he said, “Thanks, Mom.” I whispered in his ear, “This is my favorite part of my day.”

He’s asked to snuggle since then and I did not ignore him, but instead, stopped everything to snuggle.

The struggle on that morning turned into a snuggle, and I’m not mad at it at all.

Don’t miss the snuggle times; they are easy to ignore and not make time for. You can find me on a teal velour couch with a 10-year-old in my arms for the foreseeable future.

I know he won’t always want to snuggle. I know he will eventually want to snuggle another, but I’ll take it for now, and it will be my favorite part of my day.

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Cheryl Brackemyre
Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.


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