The Joys of Watching Your Child Let Go

the joys of watching your child let go

(moments after this picture was taken I experienced the joy of watching your child let go)

During our Staycation my husband and I took our children ice skating for the first time. My daughter took the longest to get the motion of it and let go of the wall. When I watched her let go that first time and skate I could not help but think of how much joy I find in watching my children succeed at something new.

From the moment the child leaves the womb they begin firsts. First smile. First giggle. First step. First word.

But it does not end there, I have experienced their first time riding a bike, their first time reading on their own, their first time writing a sentence without me to guide them.

Which lead to bigger things, their first time using the stove, their first trip walking to the corner store all by themselves, and very soon, their first time driving a car.

Yet in each first I realize I myself am one step closer to an empty nest. One step closer to days without their hugs, mornings without their laughs, nights without their company.

And so I savor all these firsts, I drink them in, I celebrate them, I take photos of them, I even encourage them.

It is such a joy to watch your child become independent to see courage take flight, to see that all you have worked for all these years of parenting bearing fruit.

Take a moment today to drink it in. To watch for firsts and to savor them.

Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

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10 Things I am Thankful For This Year

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow I want to take a moment to list a few things I am thankful for.

1. My Husband

Including both dating years and marriage I have been with this man 20 years, and I am praying that I will be blessed with many more.

2. My son Thomas

My eldest child has taken up running this year and I have so enjoyed coaching him along the way. After his first race he told me  “mom I stayed behind this boy on the 5K because he kept on going the wrong way and I was afraid he would get lost” .  I tear up every time I think of that.

3. My Son Aiden

My middle child and I connect over frugality and music. I love cranking up Toby Mac when its just he and I in the car. He has me compare prices and search for discount codes before he makes any purchases, which makes my heart all a flutter with mommy love.

4. My Daughter Courtney

People always say this child looks like me but this year she  started gained her womanly curves and now she is mini me . She also has my giving heart and I love watching her create things to give to her friends.

5. My Friends

I couldn’t find a picture with all of my friends, but truthfully I am blessed to the point I don’t know if all of them would fit in one photo anyways. Without a mom around anymore, my friends mean that much more to me, they pick me up when I down, smack me down when I get too high on myself, laugh with me, cry with me, and are always there when I need them.

6. My Snail Pace Readers

I cherish every comment on the blog, every e-mail subscriber , RRS feed reader and every facebook like and comment. Not because it symbols growth but because it means you value what I have to say, and that makes me want to write more and get to know you better.

7. Family Memories

It was so great to finally see Disney World and Florida, all five of us had never been, but more important than seeing it was the memories we made. I don’t think I will ever forget the magical evening spent watching the fireworks over the castle that I had seen in my living room on TV every week growing up.

8. Spontaneous Family Time

Some of my favorite family memories are of those trips we took on a whim. Nothing says I love you more than dropping your To Do list  for a day and spending it together instead.


9. God’s Creation

One of my favorite parts of being a runner and a cyclist is drinking in the surrounding nature. I am in awe of much that I see and often wonder how people could deny there is a creator when they view the vast complexity of all that surrounds us.

10. God’s Provision

God never ceases to amaze me in how He provides for my family in small ways, like the hangers I have always wanted,  to big ways like  providing enough money for new tires the month before the roads begin to get hazardous.

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Thankful: For Family Camping

This is our home away from home for 4 nights this week.

Our lives have been extremely busy these last few weeks.

School has started up again, and since we homeschool that meant a lot of preparation for me.

One of our rentals become available and we decided to try to sell it, leading to a 40 hour work week for me, filling holes, sanding, painting, shoveling mulch into neglected flower beds, and cleaning windows.

I fit those 40 hours around the schooling needs of my 3 children, by getting up at 4 am each morning to get the bulk of the work done before the kids needed me.

By Friday last week I was exhausted and did not know how I was going to get our own home ready for the house sitter, and pack for our trip by Monday morning.

Somehow,only 30 minutes later than planed, and with several piles of clutter stuffed into my master bedroom to deal with later, my family of five pulled out on our first out of state camping trip.

I am thankful. Thankful to put the hard work aside for a week. Thankful to be able to explore new areas during my early morning runs. Thankful to be able to enjoy a few quiet hours each day writing at a nearby Starbucks as the family hangs out at the campground. Thankful not to have to worry about marking school books, or teaching science. Thankful to have time to enjoy my family and slow the speed of life for just a while. Thankful that God provided the provisions for a tent trailer for my family.

My family is blessed, and I intended to reflect on just that this week, as I take time to relax.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 ESV)

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