i want it all to slow down- i keep looking at mac (our oldest son) he is going to be 13 this summer. where has time gone? he is growing up before my eyes & i am already missing him. of course as a mom i love him...but i like him. i like being around him. i am grateful for all of our children. i think it is difficult to have such an age span with all of ours & have complained about it before. parenting 5 is hard enough but when they are 12, 10, 9 (in two weeks, she reminds me daily), 4 & 2 it is like no one is at the same stage anymore. gone are the days where everyone naps at the same time, everyone goes potty all lined up, bath time was an assembly line for us. 2 in, 1 out, 2 in, 1 out...jammies, brush teeth & hair, whew! it was a chore & still is. but differently. i can parent LC & finn knowing how fast time slips away.
finn is in a big boy bed, big boy undies & thinks he can do all big boy things! we are out of the baby phase & also entering the teen phase. i feel like we are closing one chapter in our life and on to the next. this summer for some reason is like the bench mark summer. i have big plans for the next 3 months, nothing. i am going to soak in the laziness. play in the sun in our backyard, eat popsicles, ride bikes, play board games, read with the kids, be at home & enjoying nothingness & everything in between!
my husband has being preaching through the book of james for the past few weeks. nothing seemed to speak more about our time as parents than james 4:14-
you do not know what tomorrow will bring. what is your life? you are just a vapor that appears for a little while & then vanishes.
i have said it many times my days turn into weeks, then months and into years! our lives are a vapor. this time in the trenches of parenting will be completed soon. i am choosing to leave the
chaos of this school year behind & move forward this summer enjoying each moment, savoring every stage, because i do not know what tomorrow may bring.