As the summer vacation starts to wind down for my boys, I have been looking back over the last three months and evaluating the time we spent together.
I started out the summer with high hopes of being intentional with the time I spent with them and making the summer matter. I even wrote a blog post on it.
Our summer started out with a whirlwind trip to Northern Ireland to see my family. We had an amazing time, but coming home was quite a big transition.
It seemed like it took a few weeks to get back to normal life again.
It has been hard reestablishing routine and there have also been a few challenges with behavior.
This all left me feeling kind of disillusioned.
Here I was with all these high hopes, I even blogged about it to the cyber world. I felt a little bit of a failure and a little silly for even sharing that post.
But the more I thought about it, I actually realized that God has used my boys to actually teach me some new lessons and to appreciate and love them more this summer.
Maybe you too have had a similar summer? I would like to share with you some of the things I learned.
1. Sometimes we need to see life through their eyes. I was sharing with someone about our crazy travel back from Ireland and how awful it was, when my son piped in and said, “It was so much fun, we got to stay in a hotel.”
2. Beauty of creation. After the crazy rainstorm a few weeks ago, they boys had so much fun pointing out the clouds and how beautiful the sky looked.
3. I need to let them be children – wrestling, picking up snakes and other little creatures, making lots of noise, is all part of being a boy and enjoying life.
4. Enjoy the simple pleasures of life. We bought a new freezer and the boys played for hours with the huge box it came in. Their laughter and excitement brought so much joy as I listened to them use their imagination and creativity as they played.
5. I can’t expect them to do what I cannot do – keeping their room in order has been an never ending battle. I finally realized they couldn’t do it and neither could I because there was no order. I did a major purge and organized what was in there. Now it is so much easier for them and me to keep picked up.
6. Forgiveness. We have all had to work on stinky attitudes this summer including mom. This has meant having to be honest with my boys when I have messed up and also asking for their forgiveness.
7. Letting little things go. It is OK if they eat hotdogs and marshmallows for breakfast while camping. There are some things that we don’t need to make a big deal about.
8. Probably the biggest of all was the reminder to treasure my children.
This is a season in life I need to enjoy and not want to hurry through. It may mean answering the never ending questions and embracing the noise and chaos, because my boys are a gift and a treasure and we never want to miss out on either of those.
It is OK if they eat hotdogs and marshmallows for breakfast...