My sweet blogging friend Whitney at Life Alaskan Style wrote a post the other day that has deeply resonated with me. It seems like we've reached a time in Gabriel's development where it is painstakingly obvious each morning that he is older. I know that in a blink of an eye I'm going to wake up one morning and my little baby boy is no longer just that but (I hope and pray) a God fearing man with a family of his own (pause to wipe tears that are pooling in my eyes).
I could probably waste a lot of time in the present being saddened about my baby boy growing up but that would be all too counterproductive, instead I hope to be present not only in each moment but those times between the moments that tend to just be written off as ordinary or routine. By doing this I also hope to foster an environment and relationship that leaves no room in his mind to question that he is loved, appreciated, and supported because after all this is what the Lord desires with us. It is so important to me that Gabriel has these truths embedded in who he is and that there is never an ounce of doubt- not only do I want this but we owe it to him by bringing him into this world and because God entrusted him to us. However our responsibility goes father than this- the love, trust, and dependence that Gabriel has in us will slowly need to be transitioned from us to God.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. -Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. -Proverbs 22:6
As I've shared with you before, sometimes it's hard for me to find peace with being a stay at home mom but today is one of those days I can confidently say I wouldn't have it any other way.