it is truly amazing to me how kids can be so much like both their parents
sure there are some kids that are exactly like one parent or another and some that are very much like both or maybe not anything like either parent
my oldest is a crazy mixture of both me and my hubby
when he was little i thought he was just like my husband. he looked like his, his personality was so much like his, it was wild.
he will be 10 in just a few short weeks
i wish i could remember the first time we got a glimpse of his introverted ways, but after hearing how much he resembled (in looks) my hubby and sometime had the same actions, i never considered how much he is like me.
when you see yourself in your kids, the good, the bad and the ugly.....wow, eye opening
my favorite blogger, Under the Sycamore posted a picture of her middle son the other day on Instagram and said, "He doesn't mind crowds and is content in solitude. We always tell him he is like a steady river - powerful, yet peaceful. There are days his play looks loud and wild and there are days it looks quiet and calm. Either way, the sky overhead and grass under his feet are his favorite playground."
this reminded me so much of my very own boy. my oldest, my strong steady boy, my loud playful, full of life guy. the one who sometimes retreats to his own to play, create and take a break.
i love seeing the glimpses of both me and by husband in him. God is so amazing, to take two different people and create another completely different person from them.
just last night after reading that Instagram post it was almost 9:30 and i could hear my Golden Boy moving around in him room (he was supposed to be asleep) i sat in my bed and waited....then i heard his door open. i peeked a look over at the door and he saw me. he came in with a sad face and said that he was having trouble sleeping. i asked him if he was too hot and he said no that the light was too bright and that he couldn't sleep. (i had a lamp on in our room and there was a lamp on in the living room) i told him that we could make that better, so i got up and got him settled into bed. he then said, "i also want someone to lay with me." no problem there sweetie, i know there will be a time all to soon that he doesn't want bedtime songs and snuggles, so i told him that i would get the lights and then come and lay with him for a few minuets.
as i was laying there all these thoughts about how much he was like me and how much he was like my hubby came pouring in. this not being able to sleep with light on, that is my hubby. it was such a small bit of light. i don't understand it one bit, but my hubby also says i am like a cat and can sleep anywhere.
i love seeing the personalities and life bloom in both of my kiddos. it is fun watching them grow up and see how God will use their lives. this is an incredibly scary adventure but i am so grateful that i was chosen to be their mom. even when i don't understand what is going on with them
i have been soaking in non-fiction book (i usually prefer fiction). books on relationships and life. i have really enjoyed every one of these books. i love knowing that i am not alone in some of the things i struggle with. i am thankful for the brave people who write these books.
one of the pieces in the book that i am currently reading, Never Unfriended by Lisa Jo Baker, talks about how in the business of life sometimes we are more concerned with how the house looks when we have friends come over instead of just enjoying them. i don't think she is giving us a reason to just not clean or straighten our homes but giving us a breather the ability to be real and enjoy relationships, even in our messes.
i am thankful for the friends in my life that i can do this with and who have thought the same of me. we were at a friends house recently and when we got there it was time for dinner. as we walked into her kitchen, she mentioned that she didn't have a chance to load the dishwasher, but knew it was our family coming over and that we would be fine with it.
i don't even think i noticed the dishes, i was just so excited to hang out with them. i mentioned to her that it was fine and that i completely understood, also that just the night before i had done the exact same thing with some friends that had come over.
it was the first time they would be seeing the new kitchen, aside from pictures that they had seen, and i just didn't have the time to get the dishes in the already full dishwasher, so i just left them. i knew they would be fine with it and they completely were. i wasn't concerned with the dishes and we had a great time just hanging out in the kitchen and talking.
i love the ability to be real with friends, for them to see our messes and love anyway.
Day 19: everyday I read everyday Reading takes me places I've never been, helps me see things I've never seen or see things in new ways. Every day I read and I love it so much. Today's reading takes me into friendships. "Of all the insidious ways a friendship can disintegrate, comparison must be one of the worst." (Never Unfriended by Lisa Up Baker) Thankful for all of my friends. The ups and downs of life have brought us closer. Praying over our relationships that we never let this happen.
In one month he will be 10. Two handed counting. My oldest, my first born. Where has the time gone. He is almost 10 but still loves to snuggle. Any excuse.....i will take it while I can. For the next month he is still 9 and I want to soak up every bit of his 9 year old self. Man how I LOVE this kid.
Cloudy day but still bright enough for my shades. Drinking my fave smoothie. A little alone time before a TON of days of activity and people. I may or may not have driven old lady slow to extend the time.
Day 4: rest A moment to sit after a day of serving, Sunday school, errands for an upcoming trip and packing. I just needed to sit. It felt so good. especially when she came to sit with me. #momentsmatter2017
Day 3: Not just my alma mater but My home away from home.....My growing up years.....my growing closer time.....a place that marks my life in so many ways.....where i made life long friends.....where I met my hubby.....a place that shaped who I am today. I have read so many posts about the greatness of SEBC. Here is mine. Part of the music of my life. So heart broken about the suspension of operations. #momentsmatter2017
Cajun girl living in Alabama. Married to an Alabama boy who is always up for an adventure (and we love it). Two childern who are a bundle of excitement and activity. God-lover who is daily learning about grace for myself and others.