Yesterday my baby boy started his Senior Year of High School! How in the world did that happen?! Last week when I took him to the school to get his schedule and ID, etc. I said "this is the last year I get to do this with you, how sad" I didn't have time to be too sad though, since I had to do it the very next day with Zach, who is a Junior this year.
It seems like just yesterday that we took Kyle to his first day of Kindergarten! And I was so sad then that he was growing up. And, I remember sitting in the hospital, having just given birth to my first child, I was holding him, and I very clearly remember praying at that moment for Jesus to come back and take us all to heaven before this child got old enough to go to school. And here he is finishing school already. I could have never pictured it then. (And if I could have imagined it, I wouldn't have pictured my baby boy with a beard!)
They say "Time flies when your having fun," but, I think Time flies when your raising kids! It's funny that when your going through each different stage with your kids, you think, will this never end? And then along comes a new faze and you wish you could go back to the way it used to be! I guess the key is to just be in the moment with your kids, and enjoy every age they are. They grow up way too fast anyway! We need to remember not to rush them by saying things like, I can't wait till their older, so I'll have more freedom, or hoping for a certain stage to end. They all have their hardships IE: infants, toddlers, school aged kids, pre-teens, teenagers, young adults. But, they all have there great points as well! There are great and fun aspects to every age we get to watch our kids go through. Take time to notice. Step back, watch them and you'll be amazed!
I have been feeling the same way! It is also Hayley's senior year and I have no idea where the time has gone. I am proud, happy, excited and sad. I too remember those moments in the hospital where I prayed for the woman she would become and the part God wanted me to play in that. Honestly, the thing I am dreading the most is her going away to college. The thing I need to keep in mind is to stay present and joyful in her last year of high school and not always be thinking, "This is the last fall concert ... this is the last Homecoming ..." etc. High school for me has been that transition from dictatorship to democracy ... from making the decisions to guiding the decisions to helping her cope with the consequences of the decisions she has made on her own. Being a mother is certainly not for sissies!! Enjoy every moment!
Today was registration at the high school - Hayley's last registration at LOHS. I really meant what I posted, but I have to admit that I cried when I dropped her off and I cried when she got home. So much for enjoying every moment. LOL. So, I certainly don't have all the answers, but I know that God has a plan for her and that His grace is sufficient.
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