The Big Kids ~ Then and Now

Tonight we were over at a friend’s house for dinner. As I was sitting and enjoying the conversation, I looked across the room and saw my three big girls sitting on the couch together. For a moment, it took my my breath.  Time seems to be passing by more quickly each day.

I remember when I had just little ones.The teenage years seem so far away. It is as if I turned around and they grew up while I wasn’t looking. How did they do that? How did that instantly grow up to be these lovely young people that bring such joy to my day?

Caleb, Bekah, Mary and Lydia – 2005

To the mom of little ones:

Savor it.  These days of little sleep and potty training. Enjoy the moments. Rock your babies. Cuddle up for book after book after book. Make playdough.  Read the Word to them.Treasure the endless energy and sticky fingers. Do not grow weary.  Sit on the floor and play Candyland.  Sing the silly songs.

Caleb, Bekah, Mary, Lydia – 2013

To the mom of older ones:

Savor it. Maybe sleep is interrupted for late night talks. Enjoy this time of sharing and knowing one another. Sit up late and watch a movie together. Read their favorite books. Make playdough (you know it’s fun!). Read the Word with them. Treasure this time.  Have the difficult discussions. Encourage them to learn and grow. Do not grow weary. I’d still sing a silly song or two. Just because.

I’m both. I have older ones and little ones. I wouldn’t change a thing. My world is beautiful. Take time, momma, to enjoy the beautiful moments whether your child is little or big. The moments are flying……

Relaxing Sunday Afternoon

Sunday afternoons are sometimes spent just relaxing around the house. This afternoon was one of those days. As soon as we arrived home from church, some ran off to get in pajamas and others grabbed comfy clothes.

boards games

After cleaning up the kitchen, requests to play Scrabble were offered up and well, who could say no? I did ask for a few moments to whip up a batch of No Bake Cookies and then the fun could begin.

letters

I have always loved a board game or card game. Such fun!  It is fabulous that I have children who share my love for a good game – and they are competitive! Love that, too.

knit a throw

As much as I cherish times of CandyLand and Connect Four, I so enjoy playing with my older children. The little one are hovering close by and some are working on crafty things.  Conversation flows, cookies are consumed and drinks get spilled.

Hawthorne

While contemplating her next move, Bekah grabbed a Hawthorne book to look for high value words to play.  Sadly, all the words she liked, she didn’t have the letters to play.  I suggested the dictionary might be a better choice. I suppose Hawthorne might have been more interesting.

paper dolls

Once Scrabble was over, the competitive spirit was still high so we moved on to Pictionary. We might have gotten a bit loud on this one. Ahem. Toss in a round or two of Phase 10 and the afternoon had drifted into the evening.

straw cups

While Martha was not interested in Scrabble or a card game, she did enjoy sitting at the table and mastering the straw.  Who cares that she was soaking wet? Her laughter was priceless.

A relaxing Sunday afternoon….what a precious gift from the Lord.  How do you spend your Sunday afternoons? What games do you enjoy playing with your family?

A relaxing Sunday afternoon leads the way to a Happy Monday!

Crazy Casa K

I know you love me

“Mom, I know you love me. You tell me every single night before I go to bed.”

“Yes, sweetheart, I love you.”

What a treasure; random moments of conversation. The minds of children pondering all the world around them.

Hannah, 6, always smiling

“Mom, what is toothpaste made of? I know you will know. You’ve been to the store a lot.”

Life changing conversations? Not tonight.

NC Zoo 2012

Sarah, 4, at the zoo

“We didn’t see penguins at the zoo. Why didn’t they have penguins?”

I know the conversations get harder. I know I won’t have all the answers. Or know the right thing to say.

Lydia, 9, sweetness

I pray that I will be faithful to direct them to the Word. I feel like I am often falling short. I will try harder. Be more diligent. Set the example.When I don’t know, when I’m confused, when I’m searching for an answer…I will go to the Word.

Creation

Sunset taken by Bekah

“Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33: 2-3