We Have this Moment as Mom to Make a Memory

I can’t believe our little girl has graduated college.  Where did the last 22 yrs go. For that matter the last 32 years since God first made me a mom.

Deuteronomy 6 says we are to teach our children “at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.”   This indicates that we are to spend much time with our children.  Don’t waste one moment with them  because they don’t stop growing while we are busy doing other things.

I am so thankful for all the tea parties, for bedtime prayers and tucking in, for snuggle times we had, books we read and Bible stories we talked about.

I am thankful for all the tents we made inside with sheets and the huts we built outside, for nerf wars and sock wars.

I am thankful for the picnics and the lazy summer days swinging together as we pretended to take some sunglasses to the sun.

I am thankful for the pretending with dolls and GI Joes, for the hours watching Mister Rogers and eating peanut butter sandwiches.

I am thankful for all the masking tape we put on the floor making Dawsville, and for all the messes with flour, and playing snake pit or avalanche with all the pillows.

I am thankful for the Daws family Christmas traditions, the birthday celebrations, the popcorn and movie nights, the playdough devotions.

I am thankful for the Disney trips, the camping trips, and the walks in the park and in the neighborhood.

I am thankful for fun times with all our varied animals through the years. (frogs, newts, gerbils, iguanas, snakes, fish, bunnies, ferrets, turtles, dogs, and cats)

I am thankful for the hours of homeschooling and even the struggles with math, for the time making costumes for Halloween or Christmas plays or just because we wanted to play civil war or Star Trek in the backyard and really dress the part.

You know, I don’t have a very impressive resume.  I have not spent the last 32 years teaching at a major university, or meeting with heads of state, or making major business deals.  I don’t have awards or degrees on my wall, but I have 32 years of making memories with my children,  and  nothing I could have been doing with the prime of my life could have ever been more important or rewarding than this!!

Thank you, God, for  calling me to the most important and awesome  profession in the world
– being Jenny’s, Jon’s, Jer’s, and Josh’s Mom!

Building Memories
By Sandra D. Romans

So much to do – I have no time
To listen now, I say,

And hurry back to the chores

That always fill my day.

No time to listen? A small voice
Seemed to whisper in my ear…
Soon your little ones will be gone

And you’ll wish to hold them near.

I left my broom – the chores undone
And found them under the apple tree.
I held them close and listened while
They shared their love and we built a memory.

“Your children love you, they want to play with you. How long do you think that lasts? . . .  We have a few special years with our children, when they’re the ones that want us around. After that you’re going to be running after them for a bit of attention. It’s so fast . . . It’s a few years Peter and it’s over. And you are not being careful. And you are missing it.”  from Hook

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time
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8 thoughts on “We Have this Moment as Mom to Make a Memory

  1. This post was so precious and touching! You are the best mom EVER. Period. The four J’s hit the jackpot when God called you to be their mom. And I pretty much lucked out with you as my mother-in-love. 🙂

    I told Grant the other day that he was the most blessed boy ever to have you as his LaLa.

    Thanks for teaching me and helping me raise Grant.

    I love you so much!

  2. Thanks for your comment. You are so sweet to me. I am so grateful Josh and Grant have you. I love you!!!!

  3. Thanks so much for this post! It is a great encouragement to me today. We’ve had a rough few weeks with my 4 year old who seems to not be able to get enough of me even during the nights. It’s very uncharacteristic of her as she’s slept through the night in her own bed and room since shortly after coming home from the hospital. Thanks for reminding me how precious this time is in the midst of a tough time.

  4. Beth,
    You encourage me by your comment. I will pray Psalm 4:8 for your daughter (I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe). Did you read the blog post about “Sleep”?

  5. Sheilah, thanks so much for sharing! You blessed my heart & brought me to tears! You are an incredible woman of God!

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