Once I got home from camp, I washed the clothes in my suitcase and put them right back in. I made a few notes to self that I need to work on. For example, drinking more water & in 100 degree weather, just wear the sleeveless shirt. Embrace those flabby arms for the moment. Toning them is on my list of things to accomplish., but I’ll probably just die with flabby arms, 😊
My son’s playing college baseball in NY & we were off to see him. The scenery & weather was beautiful and we had a blast making memories. I learned a lot about myself and my family.
Age sneaks up on you and changes everything, what seems like overnight! I’m still young, but this trip made me realize to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Again, words I’ve always heard that now those words have meaning. “My word” that I chose for 2022!is balance, for alot of different reasons & I’ve really seen it needed in my life lately. I hope to have a good balance as I age-like the fine wine from the beautiful NY vineyards and hopefully to do it gracefully.
Somehow, we got on the topic of love languages. If you haven’t read Gary Chapman’s 5 love languages book, I highly recommend. It’s so helpful in learning about how the people in our lives receive and/or give love. It really helps in building any type of relationship you’re in. Here’s a link to the quiz.
For receiving. acts of service is hands down my top. Adulting’s a lot of work and to have someone just change the lightbulbs or take out the trash makes my day!!! In giving love, I see all of them-touch (I’m a hugger), words of affirmation (I’m everyone’s biggest cheerleader), acts of service (I’ll help do anything). I really enjoyed the quality time we had on our trip. I already have my first Christmas gift bought just from noticing things my daughter likes. 😉 Spending time is the best way to get to know others and how they tick, their strengths/weaknesses, likes/dislikes. With my kids, it’s good to be aware of them, not to annoy them or to annoy them. It depends on the day and the mood I’m in which one I choose 😂
Parenting as your kids get older, can be so rewarding & challenging. We have to learn boundaries, have a good balance, show grace and learn to let them fly!!
My son plays college baseball now and I can’t talk to him in the dug out like I used to, the coaches preference. We made a deal that we could talk after the game once he got to a certain spot in the park on his way out to his car. Lol! It’s a good thing that I didn’t bring after game snacks and drinks like I did when he played little league. He would have been mortified 😂
My daughter’s an extreme germ-aphobic and very sensitive to any noise, like chewing or humming. It made me more mindful of those things, but I also found myself saying, “quit being ridiculous”Haha!
I know the things that’ve been instilled in my kids, the prayers & scriptures prayed over them and I know His word will not return void. Isaiah 55:11 ….so shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: It shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. I also know…..For I know the plans(A) I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper(B) you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.
In them, I see their faith being demonstrated through recently being baptized. I see them growing, seeking to be pleasing to the Lord and how to do so through His word and other inspirational books. Just like me though, they’re a work in progress. They might not make the same choices I would, listen to the same music or use the same “language” I do. But bruh, I also have to find the balance and have the grace to remember that I was their age once. That’s challenging, but bet!!, I’ll try! How’d I do kids?!? 🤷♀️
I also know to…..”Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22: 6. We all have our own free will and there’ll be things I can’t have a say over, but I can and do pray that my kids will always follow God’s will for their lives.
It’s always been super important to me to let them learn to fly ( in life)! That also means learning to navigate what that looks like. This world’s a crazy place. I want us to be informed, make wise decisions & caution, but not live in fear or hinder them from living their best life. My youngest graduates next year. I know I’ll be a basket case as he leaves the nest and learns to fly!
Not only do I want my kids to fly, I pray that they’ll soar! Isaiah 40:31. but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” This was our camp theme verse this year. If you were at camp with me, I know you just did the motions or at least thought them in your head.😊
Here were just a few tidbits from my vacation. I hope you all enjoyed reading. Love you all! Thanks for letting me share!