One thing about Florida that I find a little off-putting, beside the bugs that are as big as my head, is the fact that we really don’t have 4 discernible seasons here. Typically we have Mild, Hot, and Africa-Dear-God-I’m-Going-to-Die Hot.
We’re experiencing the Mild Season right now, which is probably my favorite. We’ve spent a good deal of time in our front yard, trying to undo a good year or more worth of lawn neglect. I find myself wandering the aisles of Home Depot, hoping above all hopes that I’ll run into the host of HGTV’s Yard Crashers. Wherein I will throw myself prostrate at his feet and beg him to come home with me.
Hey, it worked with Fiddledaddy.
The passing of the seasons is foremost on my mind because of a Bible Study that just recently started for homeschool moms from our homeschool group. We’re studying Sally Clarkson’s “Seasons of a Mother’s Heart”. Our first meeting was last Thursday night, and I sat marveling at the 13 women that sat around the room with me. We’re a diverse group of gals that all have a heart for homeschooling our children. Some are homeschooling moms with babies, all the way up to moms of high school teenagers (cue scary music).
We’re able to watch Sally Clarkson on a DVD, as she hands out nuggets of wisdom, lessons learned, and encouragement. This is the first Bible Study I’ve been actively involved in since I’ve had children. I had no idea how much I’ve missed studying God’s Word with other women. And I could tell from the very first meeting that God’s hand truly was on me as He
shoved gently guided me toward this study.
It comes as no surprise that as women, we set the tone for our households. If I’m going down in a ball of flames, likely I’ll be taking the rest of my family along with me for the ride. And that just never makes for a good day.
From what I have gathered about this study thus far, is that it is of paramount importance that I stop to enjoy the season of life that each of my children are in. I was totally convicted about the number of times during the day that I’m too busy to stop and listen to a good knock knock joke, or too busy to read the latest in Backyardigan’s board books, or play a game of Princess Checkers with a certain worthy opponent with fiery strawberry blonde hair.
I know that in a blink of an eye, their childhood will be gone. And I will give anything and everything to have one day back with them as children.
I’ll be honest with you, I have moments when I’m thinking BOARDING SCHOOL, NOW THERE’S A GOOD IDEA. But at the end of the day when I’m tucking them into bed, praying with them, and nuzzling their neck, I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything.
I’m making it a point to slow down, try to find more ways to say “yes” to them, and savor this season.
One thing I’m reimplementing into our schedule is reading to my children just before bed. Somewhere along the way I stopped doing that, and oh how we’ve all missed it. What are some of your favorite ways to connect with your kids?