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Friday, August 31, 2012

This Forever Change



From the moment we push our little ones into the world…
They are pushing to grow…
Pushing to change…
these incremental transformations…
from sleeping in our arms…to sitting alone…crawling…walking…
all these changes taking them on their own journey toward independence…
they learn to ride bikes…
and before you know it they are driving way in a car.
 And it seems like with a blink of an eye…the car is packed…
they are college bound...
and this change…this pulling away…
forever changes the topography of the family…
a cataclysmic change …a permanent shift.
We as moms we give our lives for this moment…
we pour our heart…our prayers…our time…into their lives...
so one day they will be ready to fly…
to make that metamorphosis from a child into an adult.
Even though stand and cheer them on with joy…
our heart aches as we feel this forever change.


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Grace For The Gaps.



Grace For The Gaps. 

I guess I would be considered a veteran…
At least in the Homeschooling arenas.
My oldest is getting ready to turn 30 and my youngest is 16.
When asked to share what I have learned from all these years of schooling…
From raising my kids…
So many things come to mind…
Don’t let homeschool become an idol
Let Christ be the center of your day
Look for teachable moments right in the middle school lessons
Teach kids to be hard workers…as unto the Lord
Give an honest days work at school
You can’t give from the spiritual realm what you don’t have yourself
The list could go on and on…
Go here and you can read more of my homeschooling journey...

Parenting lessons are universal...
No matter the path we travel educating our children...
We all have lessons of letting go...
lessons of trusting God. 

We share out of where we live...
And right now I am watching my son as he turns the page of his story…
Ready to start a new chapter…
One foot out the door…stepping out with confidence and hope…
This “launching” makes a parent shake just a little…
Because I know there are “gaps”…areas not covered in homeschool or lifeschool
 Gaps in his education…gaps in his upbringing…
Gaps that in the past would have crushed me…
Blinding me to all the good…
Gaps that in the past would have condemned me…
Gaps that would have labeled me a failure.

The enemy’s tactics have been the same since the beginning of time…
He tempts us like He tempted Eve…
He tell us… we too can be like God…
Be the savoir to our kids….
Bearing the burden of having all the answers… of holding all truth…
He shouts the lie…”If you don’t get it right…If you don’t fill all the gaps…
If you are not perfect, your kids will not make it.”

The enemy is still right there to whisper the doubts…
Begging me ask the wrong questions…
Did I do enough? Did I…? Did I…? Did I…?
But now, by His love, when I see gaps…He helps me see grace
Today, I realize we will never be able to fill all the gaps…
We as parents were never meant to fill all the gaps…but He can.
So now, the better question is … Is He…?
Is He enough to take my son and continue the work started in a heart…in a home?

This “launching” is the 4th of our 5 children…
With each one, I release more freely…more confidently…
Not because of the job I did…
But because God has proven Himself faithful…
To love my children unto Himself…to be their Abba Father…
To be their Friend…to be their Comforter …
To give all the wisdom they need…
To truly fill the gaps with his love and grace.


Oh, how counting the graces opens my eyes...my heart to...
Feeling joy and sadness walking side by side through this passage...
To trust while one chapter closes...
And waiting for the new story to be written.
I continue to count with words and pictures all His graces given to me.

*the most gifted “commentor” left this acronym in her comment...
just had to add it here...thanks lynn:)
GAPS
God Always Provides and Supplies.


One last basketball game before he leaves.
Always a little competitive.
But love triumphs over all.
My grocery bill will see an decrease without these portion sizes:)
What a gift to have older brothers to give wise words...
challenging and charging him before he leaves.
She entered into his joy...but carried some sadness home with her.
Until the sting of being an only child was soothed by a night with friends.

~3980~4000
~daughter's MIL…better report than first thought
~everyone getting to go to the beach before she starts chemo
~beautiful back to school dinner…surprise bonusJ
~singing the Revelation Song…everyone together
~life on a college campus
~the blessing of this wonderful job for my hubby
~Grace to get much done
~kind customer service lady
~family being together
~sibling bonds
~moving son in…great roommates
~opportunities for growth and stretching ..taking him outside his comfort zone
~daughter’s friends spending the night…
~feeling the winds of change
~wisdom for the changes taking place in our family
~from a family of 7 …now a family of 3
~hopeful expectancy for what the unseen future holds
~being “prisoners of hope”…Katie davis
~”stumbling" upon an Holy Experience…and yes, it has been indeed…
                                     an Holy Experience.
~ reaching 4000…

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