Day Five had to be my children. Our children are the greatest blessing for me and Jim. Yeah, even through the changing of the diapers, runs to the emergency room for stitches or casts, unending soccer games, thousands of dollars to the dentist, puberty (and we are still in that one....I can do it all except rolling of the eyes!) watching each one fly the nest and choose a life partner. It is the hardest job we've ever done. To love unconditionally your children and then kick them out of the nest to prove they are indeed the men or woman you raised them to be.
Tabitha and her sassy outfits when she was 12, 13, 14 years old. Or her reaction when Me the and Boyfriend decided to have a talk after he presumed to tell me how to raise my daughter. And she wrote beautiful poetry that I still have. Tabitha will always be our creative, on the edge child.
Adam hanging from the top bunk bed put their by his brother and sister. The laughter watching the video of Adam singing Teenage Mutant Niji Turtles in full costume. Or what about High School when he wore a leather and velvet outfit to school, never to wear it again after the first time. Shy, quiet Adam is always our child of bold surprises.
Jacob at the age of 2 deciding to go for a walk on his own and panicking Jimmy until he was found at the stop sign down the road. Matter-of-fact, he went for a walk at 1.5 at my work when someone opened the doors to the library to let him out in the center of the campus. Or when he was in 3rd grade he decided not to tell his camp counselor he was going on a hike with one of the teen counselors and the girls group. 45 minutes of sheer terror on the entire camp of having lost a child in the mountains. Funny now, but not then. Jacob is our child who will wonder far from home and listen to the beat of his own drum.
My blessings, my best cards given me by God, my children.
I'm currently teaching classes at AC Moores in Columbia, SC for those wanting to learn how to scrapbook...includes so much that no matter what level you are at you will learn so much. My June class has already started, but July registration is open. Each Tuesday night at 6:30. It is a series of four classes. If you think you might miss a class due to the holidays I will be offering make-up classes in order for you to complete the series. Call you local AC Mores at 803-407-5242 for more information. These are two samples from the beginning of the class. Simple Clean and very doable for beginners.
1. Tabitha, William, Adam, and Jacob
2. God, thank you for all of them
3. strength to be a mom
4. forgiveness for falling short so many times
5. God, being my Father and teaching me about love