All children go through their different stages in life....different seasons throughout their childhood....I really have been enjoying them all, even though some years are more challenging than others. It's the challenging seasons that seem to be the most rewarding.
I think we are entering a new season of childhood with Noah as he grows and matures.
There are times when I just sit and watch my 8 yr. old son....and I think to myself....how did we get here so fast?
I am slowly letting go....and it is hard....because I just want to hold on tight to my baby....but that's not going to do him any good. I am trying to embrace the blessings of being able to be here, along side my lovies as they experience life while they grow in maturity....and in that growth is where I have to patiently sit in the nest, giving them room.....so that they can fly.
God willing, Noah will someday be a husband and a father....and yes I think about that....and I pray about that even now....because right now matters. Someday he is going to be the spiritual leader in his family. What we do with him now will affect the kind of man he will become.
God has been so gracious to us....and Jared and I cling to Him for His grace and mercy in raising our children. Are there days I feel like a complete failure?.....Yep...it's the many days when I try to do this on my own, when I am not relying and trusting in God.
There are a plethora of tools in raising and training children. The most important tool as parents that Jared and I have is the beautiful truth of God's Word. This is what we must be training our lovies in....every. single. day.
For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
These photos of Noah are precious to me....not only because He is working on copying one his memory verses (Romans 12:9), but because these photos have captured the way Noah holds his tongue to the side of his mouth....I see this everyday,(anytime he is working hard at something.) As his mama I think that it is cute. And just in case when he is older and doesn't believe me....I will have these photos as proof!