Linking up with the MOB(Mothers Of Boys) Society to share with you our
progress, desires, inspirations, and needs in Growing Godly Men. Mother’s of little boys everywhere
can benefit from each other as we open up and share:
My boys are growing incredibly fast.
It seems as though it was only yesterday as we were camping during the
holiday season (I believe it was right in between Thanksgiving and Christmas) that my
7, 4, and 3 year old beach boys climbed up on this log for a sunset picture.
At 10, 7, and about to turn 6 years – they are still my little beach boys, but my heart aches
knowing that it won’t be long. It won’t be long before they are asking for the car keys.
It won’t be long before we are looking at college‘s. It won’t be long at all before I am helping them
pack up their belongings to go out and make their mark in the world.
It seems like it was only yesterday that I was capturing images of their chubby little hands and feet
as they stared wide-eyed and amazed by the simplest of things.
Now, they are not such babies. They are little men. My little men.
As I pondered these things and prayed over my boys earlier this week – I
felt the need to put some things in writing. (could be the writer in me??)
I wrote them each a love letter.
Each one was similar, telling them that I will always love them no matter
their age, no matter how “big” they get – they are my babies.
Each was different, explaining in some detail specific traits that I admire.
I took the time to explain to each of them what I see God doing in their hearts and
how it is showing in their lives.
Each responded according to their individual personality, which means
I got three distinctly different responses.
Each of them was just a little bit proud, chest swelled up with a
sheepish grin on his face and the tiniest bit of shy thrown in for good measure.
Walker said, “I know all that Mama” and added, “but I like it.”
Parker, my pre-teen was a little extra easy going and helpful, he appreciated the sentiment.
Spencer, who has had much more hardship to handle than any little boy should,
opened up and let me know how he really views our family and his secure roll in it.
(He is our adopted son and is only now getting to be old enough to understand what that means)
I’m so glad I took the time to write out my thoughts and feelings to each of them!
I always hug and kiss them and tell them how much I love them- their daddy does the same.
There was something special though about writing it all out and presenting it to them.
I’m glad I was the first woman to give them a love letter and I think it’s definitely
something I will do again, and again, and again!
I am SO not a perfect mother. I manage to mess things up on a regular basis.
But, God’s Word tells me that loving them earnestly, covers up a pile of mistakes and that
showing love is the best thing I can do!
1 Peter 4:8
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
Have you taken a moment to do something out of the ordinary to show love to your children?
I’d love to hear your creative ideas! Our children desperately need our love
and encouragement- If you have a special way of showing love to your family,
whether it’s a simple day to day kind of thing or a monumental undertaking-
please leave a note in the comments and share your ideas with other mothers who have
a desire to encourage their own children with extra TLC – Thank You!
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