As I sit here checking up on the our school progress for the week, Madison and Tyler are in the kitchen. Tyler is making himself a smoothie and Madison is making homemade brownies.
As I listen to them search for measuring cups and ingredients to make their creations, it causes me to pause for a moment. I listen to their conversation, their sarcastic remarks and their laughter.
My mind starts going a million different directions. I feel quite proud of my "babies"...Madison was only 17 months old when Ty was born....so they've been called the "babies" ever since.
I'm proud because they are becoming independent and they enjoy making yummy things that they like to share with me. At the same time I feel a little sad because each day they are needing me less and less. Soon they will be like their older brothers... "the boys" (that's their title within the family).
As I think about "the boys", I think about all of the exciting and challenging things that are coming their way very soon.
Christian is just 7 days away from becoming a Senior and a little over 3 months away from turning 18!!! Noah will soon be a Sophomore and in 6 months will turn 16!! They still fight with each other half the time but then there are those rare moments when I see them bond and just hang out as friends.
Those moments give me hope for their future friendship.
I can see that someday they will be able to put some of the competitiveness aside and be there to support one another without mom having to step in as the referee. They will be able to depend on each other in a time of need. They will be able to share the joy of something great happening in each other's lives.
For now they all need me to find lost socks & shoes, to sign papers, and make sure the fridge & pantry are full of food!! They need me to remind them to do their chores and pick their wet towels up off the bathroom floor.
They need me to cheer them on in their activities and tell them how proud I am of their hard work and dedication. They need me to teach them about God and his Word. They need me to pray for them everyday.
They need me to be a sounding board for their struggles and issues. They need me to explain to them why boys and girls are so different and sometimes mean.
And most importantly they need me to love them through every victory and every failure.
As I prepare each one to leave our home and build their own life, I can be confident that they are equipped for the journey. As their need for me becomes less and less, I take joy in knowing that I am completing the task that God has given me.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.