They grow up so fast, don’t they. When you have your first child, everyone reminds you that if you blink, they’ll be grown. You might smile, sheepishly agree, and then go about your day. But maybe we ARE actually missing their childhood and don’t even realize it.
Many people have approached me trying to guess what I might do next. For those who have been following my journey this past year, I am excited to finally let you know where we have landed.
It doesn’t feel good to be called out. In fact, it can be downright offensive. But for those who have the humility – as well as the courage – to examine their hearts, it can be transformative. I know. It has been for me.
The year, 2012, was mostly a blur for me. It was roughly a year ago I announced I was leaving the ministry I had worked with for 15 years to pursue that next place God had for me and my family. After months of praying and talking to different ministries, I accepted the role of Executive Director of Family Matters. That was in July. So much can change in 8 months….
My life isn’t perfect. I seem to make promises I can’t keep, I set goals that I sometimes miss, and I disappoint those I love the most. Maybe you can relate. This is why I love the month of January. It provides us all a big reminder.
Leaders read. Learners read. People who recognize they don’t have the market cornered on any particular subject read. It sharpens us. It enlightens us. It challenges us. It refreshes us. It gives us new perspective.
If we would have waited until it was a good time for my family to foster a child, we would have never started.
We had just said goodbye to our first foster daughter that we had for eight months on a Saturday. Two days later we welcomed our new foster son, Devan. The day he arrived, we knew he would be with us for good.
Should you homeschool your kids, put them in private school, or put them in public school? This seems to be a common topic for young parents, as well as one that stirs up strong debates in christian communities. I have a strong opinion on this, and I think the answer is clear.
We all have one. Everyone’s is different, which makes it all the more interesting. We don’t recognize how valuable it is until we are unfamiliar with it. If you tell it to your kids, they’ll sit and listen intently. So what is this thing that kids want so badly to know about?
Thanks to Norman Rockwell, it never seems that Thanksgiving lives up to the hype that surrounds it. After all, based on his painting, we all hope for that picturesque moment when we all sit down – in perfect unity – to enjoy an exquisite meal all while we laugh, talk, cry and simply be….together. I guess there’s always next year.