After sending everyone off to school and work on Monday I was so happy to gather everyone back home at the end of the day. I loved having FHE together, and as everyone went to bed I found myself laying in bed thinking about each of my children. I was thinking through the relationship I have with each of them, the fun times, the hard times, the blessings of a family, their personalities, the things they love to do, their individual challenges, their talents and interests, their role in our family, their friends, what I hope for each of them, what I can do better for each of them, their happiness, etc.
As I thought about my oldest it hit me that this August could be his last birthday at home before his mission. With that, I thought back to the AMAZING miracle he was when I found out I was pregnant with him. The doctors weren't so sure I would have any children. I was deathly ill through the pregnancy with only so many hours I could be up, but going to college and working. I thought about the emotions of holding this new baby in my arms and the joy he has brought me over the years. There was a flood of emotions and I found myself crying as I thought about this coming year and the blessing of being a mom to 4 amazing boys. I thought about all of the things I want to do to make memories and how I need to cherish each day.
This morning I was listening to the radio and the song by Trace Adkins "You're Gonna Miss This" came on. It really struck me how we need to enjoy each day and not look to the future to find joy. Cherish each moment with our children - the good and the bad. They will both end up being memories that we learn from and make us stronger, closer and better.
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