After whining last week about how much time my kids take up, I thought this would be a good week to reflect on the many blessings that my kids bring into my life.
Here are a few of the things that have been touching my heart lately.
- The fact that my boys still like to be tucked in bed at night.
- When I tell the kids I love them, they always say right back “I love you too, mom.”
- Listening to Lilly and Adam laugh together at the dinner table about things that happened during the day at school.
- The fresh smell of the lotion the girls have started wearing. It makes them smell so grown up.
- Adam’s recent request that I start buying “man” body wash, and the fact that Jonah’s been using it too and smells all manly.
- The compliments that occasionally come in about how polite or sweet or well mannered they are.
- Watching them play sports. It doesn’t matter if they win or loose, it’s always fun to watch them on the field or in the pool. It makes all the driving worth it.
- When the boys get along. Jonah pretends to hate his older brother, but when Adam is nice to him, he eats it up. It changes the whole tone of the house.
- Neighborhood football games. All the boys in the neighborhood — from age 7 to 16 — have been having daily football games. I love that they get outside, get off electronics and have so much fun together.
- The fact that they “call” who gets to sit next to me in church — even right after I’ve yelled at them for taking too long to get ready.
- Hearing about their lives. There’s little time for talk between school, sports, homework and bed, but every now and then, in the car or in my office or while I’m making dinner, one of the kids will find me and start talking about their day or something that’s happened or something that’s bothering them. I try not to let those moments get lost in the busyness.
- The special bond they each have with their dad. At a recent school swim meet, Maggie looked past me and her eyes lit up when she saw her dad.
- The fact that they are all curled up watching Toy Story together right now.
- That they don’t mind spending time together as a family even though they are getting older, and that around this time of year, they insist that we make the time to do the things we’ve always done.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 8.