It seems that the majority of my blog posts lately have been just pictures emailed from my phone. It isn't because I have nothing to blog but more because life has been a little crazy for us this week. Now, my little Micah is sick and that is consuming every waking moment. (and some of the ones when we should be sleeping!)
In the midst of this crazy week, we have been reminded that our ultimate job is to be good parents to our children. When they are our age, I don't want them dealing with the scars of their childhood. I don't want them wondering what they have to do to be loved by us. I want them to feel unconditional love from us that started as infants and NEVER wavered. I want them to know that just being our child is enough for us and they never ever have to "do the dance to get the hug!"
I want them to grow up to be independent, hard-working, God honoring men. I want them to marry a sweet girl who loves Jesus and then love her way more than they ever loved me. (That IS the way God intended it, ya know? Leave and cleave...) I want them to look back on their childhood and remember us being at their ballgames and taking them to Disney World and teaching them about our family traditions. I want them to always reference the marriage of their parents as their example. I want them to remember bedtime stories, chases around the living room and being grossed out by their mom and dad kissing. I want them to know that they can always talk to us and express their feelings. I want them to know that we know how to say we are wrong and then apologize to them. I want them to know security!
We were told just this week that you can "be the perfect parent but will never get any appreciation" when your children are older. I happen to disagree. I think any parent who devotes their life to their children and makes "home" a priority does get appreciation from their adult children. You see it on Facebook everyday. It seems that I daily see someone my age thanking their parents for the example they set for them or the sacrifices they made or for making their marriage a priority or for their level of integrity. So, rather than think I will never be appreciated by my boys, I choose to live a life in front of them that sets the right example and prioritizes the right things and honors my marriage and my family! Appreciation or not, I'll do it because it is the right thing to do! Being a parent isn't about appreciation.
I'll be back soon with lots of pictures and stories. It will probably be in between administering doses of Prednisone and Augmentin to my baby boy or snuggling my big boy up close to watch a movie. That may happen tomorrow or it may take a few days. Right now, I just need to be mommy!