Sunday, June 6, 2010

Birthdays And More


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I know  have told the story of the day we found out we were having Lucy.  I know I talk about her a lot on this blog of mine and I appreciate you all listening.  I know that Lucy is my express ticket to heaven so I realize I should be grateful for every EXHAUSTING moment of her..and I am.



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She is turning 3 tomorrow.  I think back to when she was born, my 2nd C-section, with 4 weeks until we loaded the ferry to depart Sitka.  I remember being very ready to leave Sitka.  We had this great big house we were moving to, a state with more sun than rain..or so we thought.  Jack had just turned 1 and we were preparing for Molly to turn 4.  They all were so young and they still are.



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Just yesterday I confessed to Pete, "I don't know how to be a mama to older kids." I have had young kids for awhile now and I regret to say I am nervous about the mom I need to become for my growing girls.   I have suddenly realized that they will not all be little forever.  I have to start being a parent to 2 different age groups..the younger 3 and the getting older 2.  Am I going to be a good mom to older kids?  What do I do when they want freedom that is due to them..but I am unsure?  Why can't we all just move up the line together??

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As I was stewing in my thoughts and fear Emily sat down beside me and just wanted to chat.  She is so aware of my emotions and I think she was curious what I was thinking and talking to Pete about.  So I told her... 



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I said , "Em I just was thinking how I have never done this before.  I have never been a mom to older kids.  I am just praying for the grace to do a good job.  I just want to be the right  mom to each of you.  So accept my apology for all the mistakes I know I will make."  She just laughed and wanted to start discussing any advanced privileges she might receive upon her 9th birthday (which is in October...but that's my girl...always thinking ahead).

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Birthdays always make me reminiscent of the old days.  The days when reading books and napping were as exciting as it got.  Days when going to McDonald's didn't cost $30.  Days when there was only 1,2,3,4 then 5 of them.


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Each time period is special and each birth and birthday begins something special.  I just hope I can keep up with all that is required of me and do it lovingly and with God's grace!

2 comments:

  1. Lisa,
    The fact that you are thinking aobut this just shows what a great mom you are and what a great mom you'll continue to be. This is why God gives them to us as babies, so we'll grow and learn together.
    PS: I have to apologize to my kids all the time!

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  2. Lisa, I posted a comment yesterday but it didn't show up for some reason... so I'll try again. Your family is gorgeous and your pictures remind me of something you'd see in a magazine! Wish Lucy a Happy Birthday from all of us! I sent an ecard to her at your gmail...but I scheduled it when I was pregnant and addressed it to "June" (pregnancy brain!) Have a great day! xoxo, Adri

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