When I think of my children and now my grandbabies, my mind goes to the days when they were all in their first year of life. During that time, they are developing rapidly, and it’s always so amazing to watch. That tiny little infant, that fits so perfectly curled up on your chest, will soon be connecting, communicating and motoring everywhere. I love the first smiles, and there is nothing sweeter than a baby’s laughter. As the year progresses, the baby learns to coordinate their hands and eyes together, and their feet follow right along. Then comes the rolling over, sitting up, and before you are ready that little angel is crawling everywhere – not to mention those first steps!
I remember those days with somewhat of a fog. It went by so fast. I was also blessed to care for two of my grandchildren during their first couple years. That was a gift, and I treasure the memory. Those times are sweet, but they are simply times and seasons of life.
Life is constantly changing. Children don’t stick around, and one of the hardest things I’ve ever done is simply letting go of those precious hands I used to hold so tightly. For moms, watching our children take their first steps is one of the most joyous of occasions. However, when they take that all-important next step and leave your home and walk into adulthood, that is a time of both grief and joy. We grieve because it happened so fast, and just when we are planning high school activities and schedules are busy, they are hugging you goodbye. Your heart is proud of them, yet broken at the same time.
I am in that season of my life right now. I’ve said goodbye to two of my children; and as my youngest is steadily progressing in college, I know it’s only a matter of time before I have to let her fly.
Looking around at creation, I know the Creator ordained seasons, steps and growth. You see life flowing in running streams, new flowers and leaves blossom every spring. Little children grow to become strong leaders, teachers, talented musicians and artists.
I believe God has gifted us with abilities and talents and a thirst to learn. He never intended us to stay babies and stagnate, but grow and continue moving forward even as we become adults. It’s true, growth and change couple with growing pains, and life brings sorrows and joys. But, I love the rewards that follow us as we brave the next steps in the new seasons of our lives. Yes, I get a little sad when I miss my kids I used to have. But, I’m so exited to move forward with the new season God has in store.
Blogger tag: It has been my joy to write for Prize31 since we began in 2009. In this new season of my life, I am freer to serve others in volunteer capacities as well as play a role in my grandchildren’s lives. One of my best friends is 92 years old, and I am enjoying spending time with her while she is still around. I want to devote more time to them. I have decided to step down from writing for the blog for a time. God bless all of you.