I am old enough to know that I could be a grandma now and yet I am a momma to a 9 year old.
I am old enough to know that even if I live to be an old age of 80, she will be in her 40’s when she experiences the loss of me. And if the Lord takes me sooner, she will be all the younger.
So I am old enough to know that I need to prepare her to rely on God for comfort and herself for taking care of herself with God.
I am old enough to know that my greatest gift and provision possible for my children is to exemplify and teach and train them to draw close to God and have that relationship with the perfect Heavenly Father who loves them even more than I can.
I am old enough to know that now matters and eternity matters. So I will love my children by teaching and showing them a beautiful relationship with Christ and I will have done the best I possibly can for them and also for God.😄❤
As my son vacuumed the inside of the house, my daughter and I scrubbed thr fence and cleaned up the area. Then I sprayed sealer on the fence because that needed to be done. Also, I cleaned up the wall fountain and rehung that. It all took a while. And there was an interruption of church band practice (that started 30 minutes late).
What is my point?
Cleaning up takes a lot of time and energy. Keeping something clean takes less time but n sometimes is less practical. But either way, cleaning up yields great rewards and feels good afterward. And it was great to all work together as a family. Teamwork with active conversations with my kids was priceless. And we were able to pray together. (And I got to hear from my Aunt Rosie, which always makes my day.) And frankly, I am proud of my kids for their ability to look people in the eye and have a long conversation. I see so many kids who never have to pitch in and can’t get away from tech to even make eye contact or converse intelligently. Not a slam against kids trained badly but parents who don’t bother to train their kids.
We all have a past but today is our responsibility. What happened before does not have to be repeated or defeating. Just today choose to clean up. Just do it. Pull whoever you can into service with you and it will do all involved the world of good.
Do today beautifully. One day at a time live just for that day and always for God.😄❤
This year is busier than last year. I am being much more proactive with my kids’ schooling and life training. This has been a journey of improvement spiritually, physically and mentally that I have been on and decided to take my kids on with me for I see the benefits and inner peace (which term they stole from Christianity and not the other way around) and inner joy it gives. I want my family to have this too, so I am pulling and sharing with them in the journey more. And although we are practicing greater physicality, we are also practicing greater pauses. And the schoolwork is harder because we are at critical grades- 3rd and 7th.
All this to say that parenting is extremely time-consuming. However, I know two things: 1. God has time for all of us, loves us and can pick up any slack we lack; and 2. My kids and their future depend on my input so it is worth every humbling moment I put their needs before mine. It is that simple. 😄❤
If you wanna make your kid’s day, bring home some Legos and put them together with them. Turn off the phone, ignore it’s existence and just play with b your child. Talk. Pretend. Imagine. Be. Bask n in appreciation for this memorable moment with your child. You’re welcome.😄❤
Since the weather did not cooperate with her swimming idea, we went to the movies and saw Aladdin. It was such an enjoyable movie, better than the cartoon, in my opinion. So good. And on the way home we stopped for ice cream. We have needed this time together, just us. She has been making bad decisions lately and so I am determined to spend more dedicated time with her and guide her better. She is searching for how to act better in a more developed body and hormones are going crazy. So, as parents, our role is as guide and leader, present to do so. Punishment rarely works without proper loving guidance and leadership applied. So we cleaned the house and clothes together the last two days and today vacation to the movies. We had a great time and we will continue moving forward together. Praise God!😄❤