Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
It is official!
We have another adult in our home.
Our oldest has turned 18!
I am so very proud of him!
Africa really "grew" him up!
He really was very grown up already but 6 weeks away from home for the first time in his life, half a world away, is dramatic!
(for both of us!)
I have enjoyed SO much watching him grow up!
I do however, realize that in my busyiness I may have wasted time thinking of things that really did not matter as he was growing up.
I wish I would have enjoyed his boyish ways more and worried less.
I wonder why I did not have him sit on my lap more to read stories to him before bed instead of needing more time for ME!
Why didn't I go outside and run and play with him instead of worrying about clean floors?
Why did it matter how many of his fingerprints were left on the windows?
Now, I would like to see little marks of him everywhere but his hands are busy other places
I wish I would have answered all his questions with patience instead of haste realizing that there were few years left that he would look to only me and my opinions
I dropped everything I was doing,
I even went fresh out of the shower, putting my pride aside just to be with HIM!
(and he did not even care I had wet hair!)
I hope it is not to late to show him how much I love him by spending time with him whenever I can!
Now it is HIS choice when he wants to see or be with be!
It used to be he was ALWAYS with me because that was our life!
I realize that each day, is closer to him having some other woman in his life to do things with.
I have and will learn from this!
I don't want to live with any regrets!
I get it now how fast time goes and I want to savor it all.
Sometimes the days are long but the years go by soooo very fast!
I can't let time slip away so easily with my other children.
I will ask God daily to remind me that there is only a short time with my children because I want to make sure I appreciate them while they are young.
They too will be 18 one day and it goes WAY to fast!
I love you and I pray that you know how much you mean to me!
You are a blessing and a TRUE joy in my life!
I am so very proud of the Godly man you have become!
Continue to follow His lead wherever that may be
He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you!
I know I have failed you as a perfect parent,
but God never will fail you!
Thank you for being you!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
So over the weekend we took every advantage of it!
We had fun
her little denim jacket while
on grandma's lap
Big brother and little brothers
on a swing with no seat!
(Good thing my 3 year old had on his boots for that!)
At least he had pants on! He usually wears them with only his underwear on!
in them is the best!
I know that winter is upon us but we plan on
the rest of fall while we can!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
But I just could not resist
Take note of those sweet little piggies!
Don't feel guilty for jealousy feelings that may be stirring!
You can apologize to me later!
YES, her cheeks ARE as scrumptous as they look!
I just HAD to share the love!
I just HAD to share the love!
I'm just nice like that! :)
Have a GREAT God-filled weekend!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Time goes WAY to fast and these sweet moments will someday be only a memory!
please let me appreciate the simple, beautiful things
and not be consumed with the tedious and mundane.
Help me to TRULY understand,
that the time I put into my children,
teaching them to love, serve and find joy in the hard times,
has eternal value and it IS and WILL all be worth it!
I do not want to waste a single moment of my children's lives
fretting upon the things that You have in YOUR hands!
Oh, may they see YOUR reflection in my eyes and in my responses,
and not see the circumstances that surround me because they know I am looking to You.
I desire to reflect the character of You so that someday,
they will come to know You as their loving Father and provider just as You have taught me.
When I am weary and feel just plain weak,
Please remind me to savor every moment of their sweet little lives
and continue to whisper to my heart the gentle reminder,
that this is all for you and YOU and for YOUR glory!
It's not to be about me anyway!