Lookin’ spiffy for the first day of Kindergarten.
It’s Milestone Day around here. Again. Today is my birthday, but it isn’t being one year older that has me teary-eyed. After all, I don’t look too shabby for 29.
OK, fine. I look okay for 37.
It’s knowing my boylies are one year older – at least according to the school calendar – that has me a puddle-y, sentimental mess. Right on the heels of my daughter’s birthday, my boys have officially made me the Mama of middle schoolers.
This is amazing since their first day of Kindergarten was just yesterday.
I snuggled them in bed last night just like I do most nights. I know one of these days it’s going to be the last time for this, and I’ll wish I had some kind of warning beforehand. But I won’t, so I soak up the moments that are right in front of me, like staring into copies of Papa’s blue eyes and my own green eyes. And while I’m staring, I again say,
“OK, I’ll let you grow on to 6th grade, but that. is. it! Then, you’re done! Got it?”
I’m squeezin’ the livin’ daylights out of them as they smile big and roll their eyes.
The milestones keep moving, even if it feels like the ‘miles’ fly too fast. Even when you want to grab them and sit on them so they just stop, for cryin’ out loud. My head knows this, and I keep praying my heart will catch up and know it, too. After all, a good life is a moving life, one that goes with the flow and is flexible.
I am reminded of this when I read this passage:
“And how blessed all those in whom you live,
whose lives become roads you travel.”
Psalm 84: 5 (The Message)
You bet I want my children’s lives to be roads well traveled with the footsteps of Jesus. I want that road to be rutted and worn down for all the walking they do with Him. While they’re traveling, I want them to love Him hard and ask for His plan to be theirs. So, I best recognize I want His plan to be mine, which means these cherubs can’t stay wee-watts forever.
The Bible clearly says we are blessed when we find our strength in Him. We practice finding His strength when we do life with Him, just one foot in front of the other. Let’s travel this road together and see what blessings Christ wants to place smack-dab in front of us!