Thursday, January 17, 2013

My babies are growing up...

Cooper went on a field trip today to visit the middle school he will attend next year. Ouch! He was telling us about seeing the band, athletics, cheerleaders, etc. Campbell said, "Did you see the clowns?" It cracked me up. I'm not sure what he thought we were talking about or why he thought there were clowns there. (Now that I think about it, we've never taken them to the circus, so I guess he wouldn't know where you see clowns.) Anyway, I've had a rough day today thinking about him moving on. Campbell is finishing his last semester in preschool, but that isn't hitting me as hard as thinking about my first born heading to middle school. I'm so excited for him and so scared for him at the same time. He just turned 11! My time with him is already half over. And it has flown by.

I am not fooling myself into thinking that I will be just fine when my baby does leave preschool in May. I may seem fine during the "Farewell to Fours" program, but as soon as that video montage plays with the sappy music behind it I will be a mess I'm sure. And hopefully I will hold it together the first day of school when I drop a 6th grader, 4th grader and kindergartener off, at least until I drive away. Deep breaths! Enjoy each moment I have left with them. As I type this, they are in other room, wrestling, pretending to be some kind of growling monster. The growling, screaming and yelling is intertwined with a crying 4 year old who can't keep up, but keeps it together and goes back in for another round. They are supposed to be doing chores, but the fact that they are all three playing together makes me want to give them a few minutes together. Last night they were supposed to be taking showers, but they asked me to watch a show with them, and I thought that was more important (only because they hadn't played any sports that day, so they weren't stinky). I am really trying to stay with my new years goals of taking each moment on its own and not planning so far ahead. I really want them to have memories of a fun home, not one where their momma was chasing them around the house with a list of chores. I'll give them five more minutes to play. It will fly by.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year!

I'm writing this while listening to worship from Passion 2013 in Atlanta, wishing I was there, but alas, I am far from being in my 20s. You can check it out here, watch it live or past sessions.

Jason's family left today after 9 days here. We did leave for a few days to caravan to Louisiana to visit his grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousins, but 9 days is a long time with the same people. And having three boys who can't get outside because its wet and cold, well, I need a vacation from my vacation. On top of that, a few of the crew ended up with the flu, or something that resembled it. The pediatrician we took my niece to was nice enough to write prescriptions for my kids for Tamiflu. And my pharmacist was nice enough to call five pharmacies and then the doctor back to get some for them. So far only Campbell got it, just a fever though. So now that they have left, I am washing everything and sanitizing everything because my momma is coming in a few days and I don't want her to get sick.

Jason preached on Sunday about having a vision for the new year. You can download it here It was really good if I do say so myself. Am I willing to let God enter my vision for my life this year instead of planning it myself? Ouch. I am not one to make resolutions because I don't keep them and then I've started my year out as a failure. But I do like to reevaluate my life and see if there is something I need to change. I'm thinking I need to change something, but I haven't nailed down yet what it is. I do think I will take one day a week to fast from Facebook, and I know I need to cut back on sugar and coffee and up the water intake. I know I need to change the way I'm spending time with the Lord because I just haven't been. And I know I need to learn how to take each day one day at a time, and one moment at a time because I'm missing out on opportunities to serve and love my family and other people because I'm so focused on how full the calendar is. All the things on the calendar are good and necessary and there is really nothing I can take off right now but I've got to learn how to just take it all one thing at a time instead of worrying about the schedule as a whole. I have plenty of time to do it all, its just a matter of priorities.

There will be lots of changes this year. Cooper will be leaving elementary and starting middle school and Campbell will be leaving preschool and starting kindergarten. And I will be an emotional wreck I suspect. I am still excited about my new business with Trades of Hope. I have so much to learn and so many ways to grow through that. And we always pray that Jason's job will bring glory and honor to God as he leads his team to lead people to Christ. I would love it if there are no major home repairs this year because I feel like we had enough in 2012 to last for a few years. But you never know. God has provided for us to take care of it all so I have to trust that will continue.

I am so thankful that my kids are healthy, smart and athletic and most importantly happy. And I am so thankful for all that God has brought us through this year. And I'm excited and hopeful for all that will be coming in 2013!

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20, 21