I was so excited for my little boy to experience the road with Daddy! They slept in the semi bed last night just for kicks. I sent along some homeschool books, a journal, a Leapster and his stuffed doggy that he has slept with since the day he was born.
As he headed out the door, I grabbed my camera to capture the moment…and suddenly the flood gates opened and I was in tears.
Ready or not this little guy is growing up!
And as he pulled out of the driveway grinning ear to ear, I forced a smile to hide the tears.
How bitter sweet it is to see our little ones growing up right before our eyes.
Sometimes we can grow weary as moms. The noise and chaos that children can bring can make us frazzled. The toys spread through out the house and the dirty clothes pile seems unending BUT there is an end. One day the children will grow up and they will leave. This season of life does not last forever.
If you are a weary mom, add 10 years to your life. Then how old are your children? My son will be 17 1/2! In a flash our children will be grown. Will we have given our children the best of us or the leftovers?
The Relevant Conference reminded me to give my children the best of me. And so I have a renewed commitment to slowing down, enjoying the cuddles, shutting out the noise of this world and enjoying what God created in Genesis 1 – family!
Genesis 1:27,28 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it.”
The framework of family is God’s idea. It’s not old fashioned to embrace God’s design for families – it’s fabulous! But it’s also hard work.
Elizabeth Elliot says “There are days when it’s hard to see where the giving of ourselves ends and the receiving starts” but this season will pass. Embrace this season. Embrace your husband and children with tender hugs over and over and over. As Monday’s challenge said, “be intentional about physically reaching out and touching your family this week.”
I’ve had precious alone time with my daughter but I must say, the girls are really missing the boys. We can’t wait to throw our arms around their necks and smother them with kisses!