Wednesday, March 1, 2017


One of the great joys of parenting is getting to be a part of who your child is becoming.  You invest so much time, blood, sweat and tears into raising them that sometimes you forget what you're doing.  You get caught up in the rush, rush, rush of life and you don't take time to step back and see the big picture.

Monday night the Bigs both had sporting events.  Sam played in his first high school junior varsity baseball game.  Zac participated in his first middle school track meet.  Of course we had to divide and conquer.  Ryan was with Sam while B and I were at the track meet.  We sent pictures and updates back and forth - isn't technology wonderful!?!

Both boys had good nights.  Zac runs the anchor leg for a four man relay team.  They placed in all 3 of their relays.  In the last race of the night, Zac fought hard and overcame 2 runners to win the race.  Sam played catcher.  He hasn't played baseball in 2 years and it was cool to see him get back in the swing of things.

I was talking to a friend Tuesday about the boys and I was struck by the changes they are undergoing.  They are becoming their own men.  Of course, all kids are doing this from the day they are born but there was just something about Monday night that really hit me.

Zac did something Monday night that none of us (in our immediate little family) have done before.  Ryan nor I ran track.

Sam did something Monday night that Ryan has spent a lifetime doing - catching a baseball game.

Both are equally amazing to me because they are both doing what they enjoy and are good at. They are both in the process of becoming their own person.

It's such a blessing that God lets us have a part of this becoming.  Some animal mommas take care of the babies for only a short time the they are on their own.  We human mommas (and daddies) get to take part in the process for 18 or more years.

I'm overwhelmed at the scope and responsibility of parenting at times.  It's such a big job.  But then a Monday night comes along and you get to glimpse who they are becoming.  And you, if you're lucky, you sit back in amazement of the work God has done in them and in you.  And you praise God for the blessing of parenting.

Thank you Lord for letting me be a part of shaping these boys.  Guide me.  I want them to be more like you every day. Amen.

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