Note from my older self to my NOW self:
Remember they are only young once. Spend your days well loving them because in a heartbeat they’ll be grown and your time will be over.
Teach them, play with them, grow them and let them make big messes. And don’t let it stress you out so much.
And don’t be in such a hurry.
Don’t sweat the small stuff because moments are made of small stuff, days are made by moments, and the little things will shape them brick by brick and mold them into the men and woman they will become.
Lay down your dreams to make their dreams come true and let God make all your dreams come true. He will.
Remember to make recipes from scratch and let them pour EVERYTHING in the bowl themselves and don’t care about the mess. Let them jump in puddles and get muddy and run barefoot and make happy memories.
Listen to what they have to say no matter how unimportant it seems because one day they’ll have important things to say and if you don’t listen when they’re young, they won’t tell you when they’re old because to them it was important all along.
You’ll forget about a day when dishes didn’t get washed and you won’t remember the day the beds weren’t made, but you’ll never regret dropping it all to spend a special second nurturing a young soul.
Let them see your imperfections. Ask forgiveness. Guard your heart. Show them you are on this journey to the Cross with them.
Discipline them well, but love them even better. Nurture, hug, cuddle, let them sneak into your bed. It won’t be long before they’ll have a family of their own and you’ll miss those snuggly elbows poking you in the night.
Read to them everyday.
Enjoy the seconds because they turn in to minutes that turn into hours that turn into days that turn into years.
And they pass quick.
Love your husband and respect him because one day your sons will love a woman the way you let him love you and your daughter will look for a man just like him.
And love Jesus more than anything. Passionately. If they get anything from you, let it be Him.
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Set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.
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