Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's a BOY!

So it's been awhile since I've written anything here... but I have a very good reason why! Our household has increased by one! IT'S A BOY... oh, and he's 17, and was ours already... but now he's living with us full time! Our oldest, The Man's first-born, who previously lived with his mom out of state, has moved into The Homestead, and will be homeschooling with us for his senior year of high school! It's been a very exciting and very busy time for our family, getting him moved in and settled.

So, now we have three teenagers and a "tween" in the house, which can be challenging but is mostly a lot of fun. It seems like only yesterday I was a young mom with little kids, and now I've got a houseful of these almost-adults, who are all taller than me! At this writing, I am the second-shortest person in the house, with only the ten-year-old still smaller than me (and even he is catching up!) The main thing I've noticed about parenting teens is the driving. There is a LOT of driving involved in parenting teens. It seems most of my days are spent shuttling kids from one place to another... camp, classes, driver's ed, appointments... so much driving! But honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm grateful to be with them, and I'm grateful that The Man and I are able to give them these experiences.

So that's where we are at this moment... embracing having a nice full house! I am keenly aware, these days, of just how fast they are all growing up. While I'm SO proud of all they are doing and accomplishing, there are days when I just want to yell, "STOP GROWING UP! Stay as you are!" I am trying so hard to not wish the days away... sometimes hard to do when things get super busy or challenging. I'm trying hard to pay attention to the little moments, and enjoy these kiddos as much as I can.

I leave you with this quote, that's been in my head A LOT lately...

Enjoy the little things in life…
For one day, you will look back and realize,

they were the big things.