I was reading my sister Ginnie's sister's blog. (Did that make sense?) Actually Ginnie is my sis-in-law, but I think of her as a sis, just like Jessica - since I didn't have any sisters. But this isn't a post about sisters. It's about Katie's post that then links to her friend's blog. They both talk of the balance of life - especially with kids. I recommend a quick read of their posts.
I have had my own thoughts on my children growing up lately. A couple of weeks ago I had to register Travis for kindergarten. One of the secretaries at the elementary school asked if I was sad that my baby was going to school. I answered, "No. It's a good thing!" And I firmly believe it!
Let me explain...
I have had a couple of friends recently have babies. And don't get me wrong, I love babies and their little feet and their smiles and coos, but I don't miss those days. I have no problem handing my friends' babies back after a few minutes of cuddling. Why? Because I've paid my dues! My boys were not easy babies. In fact, life didn't really even resemble normalcy until they each reached a year old. I remember people warning me that I won't like when they can walk because they'll get into everything. Not so! I was thrilled! They were learning and growing and becoming more independent.
Now I don't want anyone thinking I'm not a sentimental person, because that's not true. I love my boys and love looking back on their smaller days. But I am excited for their futures! I love that in the coming months life will be crazy because all 3 boys are in sports at the same time. I love that Travis will be going to school in the fall! I love that Brad and Wyatt don't mind staying home alone for a few minutes if I have to run to the store for a sec. I love that I have to buy shoes and clothes to fit their growing bodies. It's a good thing that they grow up! And it's my job as a parent to teach them so that they grow up to be decent adults in this crazy world we live in.
I love my family - and that I have all boys. We have lots of fun together - as well as screaming matches at times. But the best part is that we're learning and growing each day!