The Best is Yet to Come...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Moms to youngins, we're constantly inundated with well intentioned advice, "Enjoy this stage, it goes so fast...""It will be over before you know it." "Just wait until they're thirteen!" "I remember this age like it was yesterday."  And I know they mean well, but I can't help but feel a lot of pressure!

"Okay, I am going to actively and enjoy this."

And I also can't help but feel there's an underlying message of, "It's all downhill from here, sister. Enjoy it while you can..."  And while I agree, these are some of the best years, that this is the stage of motherhood I've always dreamed about, there are still so many great things that are in store for us, beyond my mere first two years of motherhood... So here is a list of things to look forward to, instead of being sad that my kids are growing {which in and of itself is a blessing-- that is not lost on me!}...

  • Disney World
  • Charlotte's first ballet recital
  • Walking Charlotte home from school
  • Our first Broadway show together
  • First choir performance at church
  • Baking cookies together
  • Jack's first t-ball game
  • Going fishing with Jack
  • Getting them a puppy {it's inevitable, but no time soon!}
  • Christmas mornings in our home
  • Daddy-Daughter dates for Tyler and Charlotte
  • Our first camping trip
  • First slumber parties
  • Learning to ride a bike
These's years are magical, I couldn't agree more.  I try so hard to capture and preserve memories.  I try to be present and appreciate even the things that can seem repetitive or mundane, like another car ride or bedtime.  But I try not to mourn my kids growing and developing and gaining independence.  These kiddos are a gift and they're merely on loan to me to raise.  As sweet as newborns are, the days are just getting sweeter with real conversations and hand-holding on walks.  I think if we're really living in a way that honors the blessing of healthy kids, we don't mourn their independence-- we celebrate it and live in anticipation of their next amazing milestone.  So let's believe it, moms.  The best is yet to come...

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