Instagram. I hope your summer includes sweet, simple times and togetherness. We have some travel, but more time at home together.
I'm praying for deepened family relationships and connections this summer. Middle School isn't easy and with two there next year, I know that a strong sense of family identity is so important. As adolescence looms, our children will be more and more independent. I don't want to fight that, but do want to support it with a solid foundation.
Another one will head to college, too, so there are more reasons than ever to foster the connections
we have today.
I will spend time enjoying each moment, knowing changes are ahead. We have so much for which to be thankful.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
We have a high school graduation in our family this year and it always marks such a big season of transition. Next year another room will be empty in our home and time just keeps marching onward. We are grateful and proud of Lindsey for her work and perseverance to complete a challenging high school curriculum. She has made wonderful choices and we are wide-eyed to see how her future unfolds. Way to go!
It was special to be together with family and celebrate another milestone together. We keep building our little blended family experience by experience, one memory at a time. I love it.
Through many years of witnessing graduations I see that being intelligent is nice, but having integrity is so much better. Yes, it's nice to know much about many things, but being wise will have a greater reward. I wish this for our own graduate as she steps out into new adventures.
It is an honor to love, support and guide each of our children. I feel no greater responsibility than to parent well.
Here's to more life and adventures!
Monday, May 15, 2017
Mother's Day has become a day that I absolutely love. I remember what it was like to be sad on this day as I longed to be a mother, but worked to focus on the wonderful mother who raised me. Now, I just adore the celebration of all that mom's do in our lives - Mothers really do rule the world, even when things aren't ideal.
|I will save these handmade cards forever!|
The children gave me thoughtful notes, love coupons and pampering items. I am thankful their dad supported them in acknowledging their mom. These original thoughts from my children are treasures to keep for all time.
I was able to see my stepdaughters, too. I strive to honor their bond with their own Mother, but I really appreciate that they include me in their motherhood circle. I love the bright, thoughtful flowers that I was given!
|I have a Sunday tradition of coffee with my kiddos. |
I like to imagine us meeting for coffee when he is all grown.
"Mother's Day" has passed for a year, but these ladies are a part of my daily life and it reminds me of the influence I will have for generations to come.
Mother's Day comes and goes, and the investments of today often don't return to us for many years to come. Count the cost and enjoy the privilege that you possess as an influencer in the generations to come.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
|This is the most recent photo I have with my three.|
I knew that I would adore my children and that they would also require me to be selfless and sacrificial. I underestimated the intense connection that I would feel, especially in those early years when they were so very dependent. I knew there would be fun times as well as stressful ones. So much was predictable, but there were some things that surprised me about motherhood.
|Last year, I got to be with my whole crew on Mother's Day!|
What I Didn't Know
1. I didn't know how I would learn to value myself through their eyes. That I was important to my children was obvious from day one - they needed comfort, care and protection. But each time they run to me for assurance or glance to make sure I'm noticing, I am reminded that my presence in their lives in huge. The size of my thighs or the brand of purse doesn't matter one bit to my kiddos, but showing up at school or seizing one-on-one time makes their day. I didn't know that having children would bring razor sharp focus for the purpose in this season of life.
|First Mother's Day with Faith|
3. I didn't guess that I would find reasons to laugh and smile, even on my very worst days. I was unaware of how my attitude would set the tone for the whole household. I had no idea how to live "in the moment" before children entered my life. I was planner and performer, always striving to please or working to be productive. I was often thinking in the future, or checking off lists. Becoming a mother let me savor rocking a baby, long after he had fallen asleep. It taught me joy in folding tiny pajamas and to let go of imperfect garden beds. I learned to quit trying to be perfect and be satisfied with enough.
4. I wasn't prepared for how much I would have to take the long-term perspective. I thought most things could be conquered and tied up neatly, but motherhood taught me the value of daily investing for future payoffs. Mothering well truly is a marathon that is won by daily consistencies in correction, compliments, time and affection. Investing today may not have its reward for many years, but they are so worth the efforts.
5. I didn't know the instant connection that would happen among mothers and how it would bond me to a tribe of people who "get it." In my neighborhood and in the headlines, my first response is from the heart of a mother. I am grateful for the common bond even though we express our motherhood so differently at times.
I'm still growing as a mother, and I still have so much to learn I'm so very grateful for the little hearts that teach me, stretch me, motivate and move me. Motherhood has surprised me with lessons of life that I could have learned no other way. Mothers aren't born the day a baby arrives. The heart of a mother grows as a woman nurtures, cares sacrifices for those in her life: whether it is a child born to her or the child up the street who needs encouragement. The heart of a Mother grows when we give away our very selves.
Other Thoughts on Mothering:
Rules of Motherhood
Essential Stepmom Skills
The Truth About Mothering
My Greatest Accomplishment
Stepping Through Mother's Day (As A Stepmom)
|Mother's Day, 2015|