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Throwback Thursday. There are days when I would like to throwback to when my girls were younger, under the age of 10. Bethany holding Cut...

Throwback Thursday. There are days when I would like to throwback to when my girls were younger, under the age of 10.
Bethany holding Cutie & Gabrielle


Bethany, Gabrielle & Hannah 
Things were simpler then. The sports teams that they were involved with only practiced a couple of times a week. Evenings of no homework, early bedtimes (woohoo! freedom for mom & dad!) no ipods, no cell phones, no asking to get driver's permits.
The things that were important were playing outside, eating snacks, playing school or dress up, watching cartoons and playing with "Cutie" the chicken. Yes, that is Cutie in the photo. The girls would carry her around and Cutie would follow them everywhere. When they were younger there was constant discipline, training and lots of teaching. Because the truth is kids don't come with instructions. Don't we all just wish that our babies came like this?
That they would arrive with a set of instructions for each stage of development? What to do for potty training, or getting them to stay in their bed at night, or temper tantrums, or sibling rivalry etc. Yes, things were simpler when they were younger but the training was difficult. In the teen years life choices are more complicated but I have found the relationship is sweet. I actually like spending time with my teens. To all those moms in the turmoil of training your young ones I encourage you be strong and courageous. I know there were times I locked myself in my bedroom and cried. Or attempted to hide in the bathroom pretending I needed to be in there for what was really an inordinate amount of time although what I really wanted was a moment of peace and quiet. 

The bible became my instruction book, the Holy Spirit my counselor, and for me, the journey of
parenting continues.

Take heart...


"Let us not become weary in well doing,
 for at the proper time you will reap a harvest "
Galatians 6:9



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