Here is the beginning of an affirmation I wrote for a church newsletter ten years ago…
“It snuck up on me. Time has a habit of doing that ya know? One day I was mom to a house full of apple cheeked, curly haired bundles of energy and the next I was packing my oldest daughter Bethany off to college. Her long honey colored pony-tail swirled in the breeze as she excitedly toted boxes full of her life up the creaky dorm room stairs.”
I was looking at it this morning and remembering. The last part of the affirmation was a list I’d made of all the things I “wished” I’d done before Bethany moved out. There were things like:
*Spent more one on one time
*Made more memories
That day ten years ago, I put my hands on that list and prayed to be able to do these things with the three kiddos I still had at home. Then I made another list…
How to be a great mom to a (semi) adult child…
*Be her biggest fan
*Listen more than I talk
*Be a safe place for her
I thought of this today in light of the Holiday season and the opportunity to make memories with kids, husbands, friends, parents…
Whatever traditions you have or want to have, if you’re like me, they don’t usually just happen. Like my bud Gitz reminds me, Live with Intention…Take a moment before the hustle and bustle starts and jot down a few things you’d like to do this season. Then put aside the time to do them! I’m making my list and one thing on it was to help the kids decorate if they needed me…
Yesterday I got to help Stephie decorate her & JonJon’s house! Here are a few pictures!
I’d love to hear a thing or two on your list for this holiday season~
Another thing on my list is to try some new recipes! I found this one on beanplate for spiced candied nuts…I “pre-Thanksgiving” tried them yesterday…
I’m gonna tell you the truth, there isn’t a better aroma than roasting nuts! I would send you some but The Husband finished them off last night!
Sending love and snuggles~it’s cold here today, not as cold as in Iowa or Minnesota 🙂 but freezing for a Sissy Southerner! ‘Scuse me, I need to go get some Hot Chocolate!