A season for everything.

Another quick Thank you to all the people who took the time to comment on my blog with such kind inspiring words. I read all of them and like one person said that I inspired her by what I wrote even though we most likely will never meet.  How beautiful. If we don’t tell our story how is anyone else going to benefit from our experiences? People all over the world of every race have a common core and it’s to be loved.

I was thinking about how I am closer to 50 then 45….OMG! Say that out loud! It hurts a little! lol. It’s funny and its true age is just a number; it is what we learn in life and what we pass on that is important. There is a season for every part, every stage of life that we must embrace because it happens if we want it to or not. I am at a point that I want to celebrate!!! I raised three amazing children, my youngest just got the big driver’s licence! Yeepee!!! I can take the taxi sign off my car! My mom said to me “Oh, I am so sad they are all grown up and I wish they were little again”.  “Are you serious?”. I am thanking God for this new season in my life. I can actually start to remember who I am as an artist and take “back time” for myself. There is a light at the end of the tunnel that is getting a bit brighter!  I am glad my kids are growing up and hopefully flying the nest in the near future or few years. I am tired. Tried of cleaning up and following everyone’s schedule!  I did the best I could to be a great solid Mom they can always count on and they know that. They know my story that I was not able to have children because of endrometriosis and God granted me three;  He has a great plan for their life. Well, He has a great plan for all of our lives…. we just need to invite Him into it. If I did anything right they all know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Just because the world says something that certainly doesn’t mean God feels that way. His ways are not the worlds.

Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

  I love being a Mom, super I may add! And I wouldn’t give that up for anything……but I am tired……..I am looking forward to my new approaching season in my life. I want to be able to dedicate more time to my artwork and I actually want to enter some juried shows! Who knows maybe I might win one!

 When I was teaching High School art my children were young, just babies and the common feeling amongst all my students was that they wished there was a parent home when they got home from school just to ask them how their day was. Even if they were mad at their Mom or Dad;  Just a parent to listen to them complain about whatever……Not nesseccarliy give any answers….just Listen. Possibly a hug and a simple “I love ya kiddo” or “I am proud of ya”. Answers that do not cost a penny, we can not Buy our children with stuff because we feel guilty because we need to work and don’t set time apart to spend with them. Then material items are more important to ya than your kids. Turn the dumb TV off and eat dinner together.  I taught my kids responsiblity when they were just small; I remember once when I was giving my second baby a bath in the kitchen sink. My oldest was about three then, He wanted to help me and I knew there would be a bit more water on the floor! But, it was important to make him feel proud of himself for helping Mommy and it taught him some responsibility. It didn’t really matter the diaper went on backwards! He felt great about himself for helping and He felt loved.  Never fails baby always poop after their bath anyway, so just do another diaper change and put the second one on right! Don’t sweat the small stuff. Looking back into my teaching career my students taught me more about raising teenagers and the teenage years then any book ever could.  The point is if any is to enjoy your kids at every age and stage; time goes like that!  Children are a gift from God and we should respect that. As a parent {if you are one} you know how we feel about our kids sometimes? You think OMG will I survive this kid? Lets be honest as parents we all go through crazy times, but remember Love and encouragement are gifts to give everyday. It doesn’t cost a penny and we’d be so much more richer for it in the ways that count. At the end of the day we all just want to be loved.

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