Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Follow My Journey of Learning to Parent Teens! 

        Did I say just how much I am loving the teen years? This has been my favorite season of life thus far! Yes they are mouthy, Yes they can get wrapped up in themselves. Yes they argue, feel they know it all and want to do life their way. It is such a beautiful thing to watch them grow their wings and gain the strength to fly the nest soon. As each day passes, they are learning to make the transition into adulthood and yes, into being one of your best friends instead of being in constant need of your coaching. It is important for all involved to understand how teenagers develop, why their need to question and not just answer "yes ma’am" to everything you say is part of the process. They weren’t born with the desire to be disrespectful to you and they truly love you and need you much more than they show it! I am going to document my process of learning to parent through the teen years on this blog in hopes that down the road, it may be an encouragement to someone else. Let’s face it, what worked well in the childhood years no longer works!  I can’t say I am doing it perfectly but I am entering this season with an open mind and a determination to learn as much as I can about the teen years and to tune in to what God is trying to show me during these last few years before adulthood. Feel free to join me on this journey as I learn, fail and then learn some more! I certainly don’t have all the answers but my God has a plan for each of my teens that is bigger than all my mistakes. He is the one who will lead them to their destiny in life, not me. It will look so different for each one individually and maybe for some even different from the societal norm! If I had all the answers, I wouldn’t need Jesus and neither would they. That is a dangerous place. 

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Baby Sue is 6!

I can hardly believe our youngest child is 6 years old. It seems like just yesterday that our oldest child was 6 and that we would forever be drowning in diapers, chaos and messes! It seemed like we would never get here. People say one stage of life is never better than another but I can tell you that’s not true! I struggled in so many ways when all of our children were little. Now that they range in age from 14 down to 6 I am enjoying it so much that I sometimes wish I could freeze time! 

Yesterday we took Susanna and our whole family to Wildflour to eat and let Susanna pick out her own birthday cake. She chose a chocolate cake with Raspberry filling. It was delicious! Afterwards we took her to Build-A-Bear to pick out a gift. She chose a Bunny and named her "Bun Bun". We were surprised that instead of an outfit she chose a skateboard and rainbow shoes for Bun Bun. It was so much fun! People always say their youngest child is their joy! While all of my children are a joy I think we are all just more intentional about savoring precious and joyful moments with our youngest knowing it will be our last. Susanna is definitely our joy and we all love her so much it hurts! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

James’ Football Season 2018

I finally found a blogging app for my phone that I think will make it much easier for me to update the blog more often. If you need a good picture of what we have been up to this is it! This is James’ 6th and final season of rec league football. I can’t believe he will age out of it next year and begin playing for the school team. The end of an era for sure! I will never forget how adorable he looked in 2nd grade when he first brought home his first football equipment. His best friend Simeon from the swim team talked him into playing and he fell in love with the sport and continued to play long after Simeon moved away. He still misses Simeon alot but still visits him in Winchester every summer. 

I can’t believe he is 13 now and in 7th grade at Auburn Middle school. More on that later... He is thriving and doing great there! He is gaining confidence and coming out of his very introverted personality! He is taking an advanced math class and engineering/stem class at AMS which he loves. He wants to play High School Football and then attend Virginia Tech and become an Engineer like Dad. 

Grace being in 6th grade at AMS was able to cheer for her brother this year and loved every minute of it! Susanna was adopted by the squad and got to be their little Eagle mascot. She ate up every bit of the attention and milked it for all it was worth! I went back and forth sitting with Football moms and cheer moms. It was fun! I love that our kids are so close in age and can be part of the same sports programs at school. 

There is only 1 game left. It has been such a great season for James even when they haven’t won as much as he would like. 3 wins and 4 losses so far... we’ll see what happens Monday night!