I just returned from one of my favorite stores, Target…do you just adore Target too?  I am not sure what the lure is, but I always come out of there with more than I planned on.  This time one of my extra purchases was a darling white stuffed puppy for my oldest granddaughter, Kennedy.  She really, really does not need it, she has a million stuffed puppies-but being a grandmother gives me the right to give gifts that are not needed…right?!?  Anyway, reflections is the name of this post, so to get more to the heart of the matter, as I was putting away my stuff, I started reflecting on how fast kids grow up.  At least it seems that way when you look back.  I remember when we had Jake, our first born, and how I thought I was the only person in the whole world that was up in the middle of the night:).    The first six weeks of his life were really tough for me.  Then a couple of years later when Holly was born, I cherished my middle of the night feedings; the bonding, the quiet, the smell of a newborn, the dreams I had for her, the songs I sang to her.  I never wanted it to end.  The days were a bit different, with 2 toddlers-you know the challenges.  Holly was a chatterbox and just wore me out some days.  There were days it seemed that no matter what I did, my two kids were determined to destroy each other, there were times I thought they would never grow up.  About five years down the road, I was pregnant again, but this time  it ended in miscarriage.  How I grieved to hold and love that child, another baby, another future.  As time passed my grief lessened and life went back to a new normal for us.  Jake and Holly grew up doing the things kids do, baseball, soccer, scouts, orchestra, dance, drill team.  There are so many memories that I cannot even wrap my mind around them.  When I reflect on those times, God reminds me that His hand was wrapped around us the entire time, guiding, directing, keeping us safe, understanding, loving.  Time goes by swiftly in reflection.  Time seems to stand still in the present.  I just want to encourage you moms that are still in the trenches, washing, cooking, cleaning, disciplining, and the other 100 things you do daily, that you are doing a great job, you do make a difference.  You are changing souls for eternity.  There is no one on the earth that can take your place in your child’s life.  Hang in there because someday you too will reflect on the past and say, “Where could the time have gone so quickly, it seems like only yesterday….”

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Holly Dennis
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 22:08:03

    awww … that’s very encouraging 🙂 … and wonderful memories! thank you.


  2. Michael Flores
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 08:24:17

    Thank you for sharing those beautiful memories. Reminds me of my early years with my daughter, and I will never forget them.


  3. Amanda Allen
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 09:01:59

    Thanks so much… It is hard some days to remember that it will go by fast. Thanks for the encouraging words (u have always been good at that’).


    • ginicraven
      Jul 28, 2010 @ 09:33:23

      awww-I appreciate the compliment, but I do give God the glory for encouraging my heart to encourage yours:):)


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