Twenty One Today

I wasn’t planning on posting today. But, today is my oldest son’s birthday. Yep, that’s right, my first born turns twenty one today. For some reason kids birthday make me more sentimental and reminiscent than my own. I don’t feel old enough to have a 21 yr old, but I promise you that I am (21 doubled + 2)  😉 This guy is on my heart today and I had to share a few words.
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Monday Morning

Monday morning. Ugh right? Every Friday we’re all “TGIF” WOOHOO TO THE WEEKEND!” And then Monday comes around and we’re all “ugh”. So ya there’s that. And, by the way, what happened to September?? How is it already October?? 🙄

This Monday is no different. Fall has seriously been uber busy around here! Somehow we have allowed our younger two boys to be way more active in extra stuff then we ever did with our older two. Ya, they had their things, but just not as many. These boys literally don’t have a free evening, except for Saturdays most of the time. But then we usually have a game or a band thing sometime during that day. So, never a full free day ever. Which makes me kind of sad. These poor adolescent boys are ex.hau.sted people. My middle kiddo was so tired that he couldn’t even think to decide what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday… How did we get here?? I have been letting them skip things lately that aren’t required. (But, they love all of their things, so they don’t usually want to skip.) I have so been there. All the things are good. How do we eliminate a good thing??

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Back to School Thoughts {on Thursday}

Back to school time is in full swing around here. I have been liking back to school photos for a couple of days now, and plan to add my own tomorrow as our ‘little’ boys start. If you follow me on Instagram you know we moved our girl into her dorm Monday, and did our best to get her set up and ready for her first year of college. I’ve got my big boy for a couple more weeks, and then we be 4 instead of 6 most of the time. Weird.

I’ve been in denial of this time all summer. I’m still there I think. I’ve started seeing fall decor pop into my pinterest feed and I’m all like “noooo”. (don’t even get me started on the Christmas stuff at hobby lobby.) It hasn’t been scorching hot the past few days which I am thankful for. I am looking forward to scarves and boots. Having my days back on a schedule will be good for me, but not necessarily something I’m in a hurry for. It’s strange, when my kids were younger, I couldn’t wait for school to start and the bickering and arguing and whining of summer to end, but the older I get the more I enjoy the lazy, no plan days of summer. They get along better, they entertain themselves, we all sleep in…

But, it seems all good things must come to an end. As I sat down to write this post today, this silly little poem emerged. I don’t write poetry often, so be kind. I know it’s not great, but it says what’s on my mind. (rhyming on accident now haha)  😉  Maybe you can relate.

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An Open Letter To My Graduating Senior {Thoughtful Thursday}

Hey there friends! Well, here we are again. Preparing for another high school graduation. It seems like yesterday that we just did this, but in reality it was two years ago!! Time moves so quickly these days, that I feel I must pay close attention or it will all become a blur. 
 
There is something that happens to us mamas when are babies are about to leave the nest. It’s odd, and hard to explain, but it’s real. It happened two years ago and it’s happening again. 

 

So, I am writing this letter to my graduate to try to make some sense of this strange phenomenon.
My Dear Graduate,
The days are growing near for your high school days to be completed. The next couple of months are going to be filled with fun and celebration. I’m so proud of the person you are becoming, and am so excited for the journey you are about to embark on. 
 
However, my emotions are all jumbled up. And some days I don’t feel so excited. 
 
Some days I will be hard. Raising the bar, picking on you for all the little things you need to do better. When I get this way, just know that I am so proud of you. I’m just trying to make sure you know all the things you need to know before you leave.
 
Some days I will be sad. Memories of you over the past 18 years flood my mind often. The thought of you being away from home for 9+ months out of the year is not appealing to me. When I get this way, remember I’m excited but I’m going to miss you.
 
Some days I will stare at you a little longer. Don’t be weirded out by this. I haven’t lost my mind. I am studying you. Imprinting your very being into my brain to make sure I don’t forget a single detail about you.
 
Some days I will need an extra hug or two. After all, I need to stock up. When I get extra clingy, please don’t be annoyed by me. Just know that I love you…and hug me back.
 
Some days I will retreat. I’m not mad. You didn’t do anything wrong. Yes I love you and I love spending time with you. But, some days the emotions are all just too overwhelming and I need to be by myself for a while to process…or maybe to cry a few tears. 
 
This transition time is difficult for both of us. But, it is good. God has a plan, and He is working it out in you. And He is working it out in me. 
 
Love,
Mom
 

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