I always imagined as a little girl what it'd be like to be a Mom. Some of it has turned out as I thought, some has been worse, and much has been incredibly better. I hoped that I'd be able to stay at home with my kids and I've been lucky & blessed enough (most days) to do it. Having kids is a hard job, especially during the summer when there isn't anything like school to distract them. Over the past few years since my surgery, I haven't been free to enjoy the activities of summer. Play dates were always at my house, because I couldn't chase after my kids at a park (for fun or danger). I always had to have another adult with me to help with this care if we did venture out because I was so scared something would happen. This year we had play dates at local parks every week if not multiple times per week. I didn't feel like I needed anyone else to help me keep an eye & ear out for my boys. Thankfully they are old enough know to listen & behave when we are out and boy did we get out! praise God! We had a beautiful summer & so we all earned vitamin D in droves. In addition to this, Zach had swimming & soccer. I often took both boys to swimming by myself which I'd never though I'd be able to do. I even brought them to soccer games by myself & on a day that we were to bring snack. Arms full for sure. But we (I) did it & that is a miracle. I figured when I was discharged from the hospital that I'd recover somewhat, but I'd always need help getting out. God blew down that expectation. We went to parks, grocery shopping, visits to Darren at work, and much more. I am so thankful for Gods blessing on not only the healing of my body, but the healing of my mind. For me it's easy to let my mind talk me out of situations that are new or I'm unsure about and throughout this summer I embarked on these adventures with a complete sense of ease. God could ONLY provide this peace!
New International Version (NIV)
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
I hope you join with me in rejoicing in Gods goodness in this. He has given me more confidence and faith in being a Mother and that is an incredible gift!
Note: These are not in any particular order...in fact they are way out of order...never less enjoy! Included is soccer, swimming, four wheeling, hair cuts, dentist visit, lost tooth, treats for Daddy's office, camping, feeding the ducks, play dates, visits to Gappy's school starting... I know I am missing many, but here is a nice representation.