My boy was seven years old when tears welled up in my eyes.
Daddy said: “Go buy the boy some work boots, I’m taking him to work with me.”
So one day later my son was lacing up his brand new work boots and heading off in a semi-truck with Daddy. They were hauling an over-sized load hundreds of miles. I was so excited for my little boy to experience the road with his father! I sent along some homeschool books, a journal, a Leapster and his well worn stuffed doggy.
And 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 was growing up!
And as he pulled out of the driveway grinning ear to ear, I forced a smile to hide the tears.
Now – 4 years later – he’s still riding with daddy and helping him strap on loads. One day, I’ll probably watch as he no longer is the passenger but the driver.
How bittersweet 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 bring can make us frazzled. The toys spread through out the house and the dirty clothes pile – it all 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 ten years to your life. How old will your children be then? My son will be twenty-one! In a flash, our children will be grown.
Will we have given our children the best of us?
Let’s embrace this season and enjoy 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 – it’s fabulous! But it’s also hard work. Parenting is a sacrifice, a giving of ourselves.
Elizabeth Elliot says, “There are days when it’s hard to see where the giving of ourselves ends and the receiving starts.”
In our home, the door of the little years has slammed shut in my face. No more Barney. No more Matchbox cars. No more Big Wheels or picture books. We are in a new season.
Embrace your husband and children with tender hugs over and over and over. Be intentional about physically reaching out and touching your family.
Psalm 127:3 “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.”
Embrace this season of life.
Walk with the King,
For more encouragement –>>Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home.