18 Summers

I can’t help but think how fast time flies. We’ve all heard the saying before, but to actually experience the speed in which it slips through your hands is crazy. My son is finishing up his first year in preschool, my daughter is turning 3 at the end of the month, and another summer is rapidly approaching.
 
I saw a short video on social media about having only 18 summers together with our kids. 18! 18 summers as a family. 18 summers without having to worry about multiple schedules. 18 opportunities to make memories. And that’s when I realized how quickly they grow up and how often we take this time for granted.
 
Often times I get inundated with the monotony of everyday life and forget how blessed I really am to be with my children every day. From the moment they wake to the second they close their tired eyes, I get to share all the ups and downs of their days. Some days it’s amazing, and sometimes it’s not.
 

Often times I get inundated with the monotony of everyday life and forget how blessed I really am

 
It’s on the hard days that my eyes are really opened to the fact that these times aren’t forever, that they aren’t small forever, that one day they won’t need me for everything, and that I won’t even know it’s the last time until it doesn’t happen again. It’s on these hard days that I remember “Children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalms 127:3)
 
So, while the days get longer and the sun gets hotter in the next few months, I am going to praise the Lord and thank him for these two amazing gifts he gave to me. I will revel in this time we have as a family. I will remind myself to experience the joy and wonder they see in each day.
 
I will embrace the sandy toes. I will brave the long lines, the meltdowns (well maybe not the meltdowns), and the short nights. I will be prepared for the sunburns and mosquito bites. This time is fleeting, and I will cherish every new memory we make together as a family. Here’s to another summer.
 

“May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children.” – Psalms 115:14

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Loving wife and devoted mother. I am getting reacquainted with the Lord and trying to navigate through this world with his will and purpose in mind


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