Please excuse me if I seem a little sentimental today. You see, the second of my three children is preparing for graduation from high school, and I always get a little nostalgic this time of year.
As I was looking through baby and toddler pictures of my kids, it seems like just a few days ago when I caught Travis exploring the kitchen canisters as a 19-month-old, with flour and sugar all over his face, his clothes, and the counter top. (Travis was always a climber.)
Then there’s the picture of Ross as a second-grader, carefully holding the baby chicken that was hatched in his classroom. (That chicken grew up to be a rooster that woke up our neighbors every morning at 5 a.m. Needless to say, it didn’t remain in our back yard for long!)
Then, there’s Anna Lynne, our little girl who loved to play dress-up. She was (and still is) a girly-girl through and through! Those memories are precious, and we tend to miss those times. However, each day is precious, with memories of its own.
Mother’s Day is upon us, and I want to wish all mothers and mothers-to-be a wonderful day. We see all kinds of advertisements about the best gift to give on Mother’s Day, with retailers competing to offer the best deals, the biggest enticements, or the most thoughtful gift items. The flowers, candy, diamond necklaces, cards or fancy restaurant meals are nice, but if you are like me, you prefer to spend special time with just your family. A rented movie and a simple meal prepared by your spouse and kids make a wonderful gift! Or, opt for family home videos, a family game night (we like Skip-bo and Mexican train), a picnic in the park, a fishing trip, a long walk, or a cookout in the back yard.
Grab these special moments. Children tend to grow up and move off (imagine that!), and we need to build a firm foundation of love, respect, responsibility, fairness, determination, and faith before they venture out on their own. As a good friend told us years ago, “Bathe your child in prayer every day!” Those are profound words of wisdom to which we still cling, even now. Children are God’s special gift to us, and we need to treat them as such.
So, to all you mothers, enjoy your family!
Closing Thought Think twice — act wise!
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