We are in the middle of summer, and I have to admit, for the first time in a LONG time, I’m not dreading my children being home all day long.
Sure, I have my days/moments. But truly, I feel like I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
This should hopefully be super encouraging, especially to those who know me in real life, because I wasn’t sure I’d ever reach a point where I’d say that.
I’m legit enjoying going for a bike ride with my boys (because we can actually do that). We’re hanging at the beach everyday, and they just swim and play with their friends and it’s honestly delightful.
Sure, I still have a two year who requires full time attention most every day, but I’m starting to see it with my boys. 5 and 7…and beyond. This just might be my sweet spot. I always thought it would be for me. I’m for sure a mom of older kids. But it’s really encouraging to me to actually be there and seeing glimpses of that joy and enjoyment.
I cuddled in bed with Brecken last night as he was winding down for the night and talked with him about his first articulated crush on a neighborhood girl.
My heart was swelling. This is the good stuff. This is what I’ve been waiting for. And now is our time to receive the payoff of earning their trust throughout these little years. To invite ourselves in to their hearts. To cultivate the bond and relationship, and show them that we are their safe place.
I’m not sure I’m getting any of this parenting thing right, but I do know, that I’m seeing glimpses this summer that maybe, just maybe, I’m headed down the right path.
And I’m just trusting that God is going to fill in the rest.
All pictures are credited to the amazingly talented Arlene of Arlene Chambers Photography.
And because I won’t leave you hanging, here are a few sources of some of the clothes we wore for our photoshoot.