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For My Boys….

20 Aug

Today Ben and I made a very tough decision.  One that means our boys are growing up….  We decided to send Shaeffer to all day Kindergarten vs. half day.  This means that both he and Sutton will be at school all day.  It was a decision we did not take lightly.  His schooling has been a topic of discussion for quite some time around our house.  We debated Montessori, private school, public school and then now half day vs. full day.  We realized that each of our boys is different and although half day was PERFECT for Sutton, Shaeffer is a different guy.  He will thrive all day and wants nothing more than to “eat lunch with his friends”.  So come Friday I will be shedding a tear as my two babies head off to full day school…  It won’t be easy for me, but I know it’s the best thing for them.  In dealing with my “grief” I decided to write them a little letter.  I actually have been writing this letter to them for about 6 months, but today is the day it is published :).  I am going to try to write them a letter each year before they start school.  Here goes Letter #1…

For My Boys

Ages 6, 5, and 1

I wish all three of you all the innocence of your childhood, the ability to giggle until it hurts, a desire to see the world, and the grace that only God can grant.  I love watching you sleep at night and dream by day.  I love the sparkle in your eyes and the shimmer in your step.  I love your blind faith and your trust in Jesus. I thank God for you every single morning and pray blessings over you every single night!  I am amazed by who you are!  I am the luckiest Mommy in the world!

*  You had my heart long before WHAAAAA….  I never imagined I had this much love to give until I had a baby. You have taught me that my heart and my capacity to love are not fixed, they grow and grow and grow.

*  Keep making art!  Creating art should be a something you do every day! It encourages individuality and expression and fosters your brain to do things it only imagined!

*  Take your time in all you do.  There is a pressure to learn more, faster, quicker, and better than those around you. Please overlook that… Learning takes time and everyone does it differently.  You will be successful in your own time!

*  Play outside as much as possible. Take big breaths! Ride bikes, run, chase, roll down hills, slide, swing, and climb!  Explore the outdoors… Bring home creatures (but keep them in the garage), build forts, climb trees, catch fireflies, make s’mores, sleep under the stars–  Adore God’s Creation!

*  Homemade cards are the best… Continue to leave notes under pillows, pictures on the fridge, and send letters in the mail! I love your creativity!

*  It doesn’t matter to me that you love fairies and princesses- of course you do they are sparkly and glittery and mysterious.  Pink is a beautiful color and to you it is just that- a color.  It makes no difference to me whether you want a pink balloon or a pink birthday cake or a Mary Poppins birthday party.

*  It’s OK to cry…  God created crying as a natural response to our emotions.  Everyone cries-EVERYONE!

*  Books are a gift for your brain, your heart, your intellect.  Read often.  Find books that you love and read them.  Hide under your covers and read books, stay up late reading books, check out books from the library, write books!  Books are an amazing blessing…

*  You were made to be courageous.  Being courageous means you always try to make the right choices, not the easiest ones. Have the courage to lead, not follow. DREAM BIG and then go after it!  You can do anything you put your mind to!   You were made to be courageous!

*   I will always be here for you.  I will not judge you or think less of you.  I will love you unconditionally- that means no matter what!  I may not always love your behavior or your choices, but I will always love you-ALWAYS.  Your home will forever be where we are-you can always come home.  I will always be here for you, no matter what!   I love you S brothers… Today-Tomorrow-and Always!

 LOVE, MOMMY

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One Response to “For My Boys….”

  1. wenonah August 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM #

    Beautiful

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