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Joy for Everyday

April 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Everyday it seems like Eli is learning something new. Just yesterday he was imitating me as I pretended to knock on the door he did the same thing. Today he had a toy on the other side of the room and he would walk back and forth from the toy and the couch, he would pretend to pick up some food and then he would come over and pretend to feed me that food. When I responded with a “mmmmm!” He got a big smile on his face and I could see the excitement he had by my reaction. Every time that he does something good he hears me saying “good boy” and just this week he has started saying that as well. Seriously moms where does the time go? I mean before I know it my baby will be off to school! Which by the way I am so not ready for!

I think time seems to go by much faster as we are older, probably because we value it more as we see how much of a gift the lives God has given us truly are. I am just grateful that one of the many gifts that God has given me is my beautiful son who makes me laugh and smile and brings me joy everyday! What gift are you thankful for?

 

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs  22:6 (NIV)

Last week a few of my friends and I went to a ladies night at church. It was such a great evening! One of the points that I loved and has stuck with me was intentional parenting. My husband and I have said many times that we want to raise strong Christian children and that’s what we try to do daily with our son. The thing about intentional parenting that really stood out to me was the daily aspect, the speaker talked about finding Jesus in the everyday moments and taking those opportunities to teach our children. We don’t have to wait until Sunday morning during their Bible lessons for our children to be taught about God’s word. No child is to young or to old to start. All it takes is a simple moment where we pray, read the Bible together or talk about the beautiful day God created to start the curiosity in our child to continue asking more questions about God. If we find a way to daily teach our children about God then it won’t be by chance that we raise a strong Christian child, it will be because we were intentional!

The Joy of Family

November 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

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“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.” Joyce Brothers

We have officially entered the month of November. Our family has two things to look forward to this month, obviously Thanksgiving, but the other is Eli’s first birthday! Yay! I can’t believe it is already just around the corner. When people tell you that your kids grow up to fast and time flies quickly they aren’t kidding! It can be hard to believe as a new mom when you are sleep deprived. I know I was that way. I remember saying that I would be so happy if Eli would just learned to sleep through the night. Of course he learned and I was SO happy, but looking back now that time just zoomed right on by and we are about to celebrate his birthday! I tell myself all the time to treasure every little moment we have together so I don’t blink and he’s graduating high school. But, I have a feeling that when that day comes regardless of how much I treasured each day it will probably still feel like I blinked and he grew up.

What I don’t like though is that there is no way to fix this problem! Life is supposed to progress, babies are supposed to grow up… it’s how life works. Precious memories, lots of pictures and quality time as a family is the only thing we can do as a “solution.” That way as our kids get older we can look back at the family life we gave them and know that we didn’t miss out. This journey of being a parent is by far the best journey I have been on. My son makes me laugh every day and I love watching him grow and learn. As a child and teen I always thought that time passed slowly, but as I have grown up, had a child of my own I realize just how quickly it truly does pass us by. Maybe one day children and teens will learn to not wish for time to go faster, although I think that is just part of their nature. So today I am soaking up each new memory I get to make with my family because one day my baby will grow up.