Monday, February 20, 2006

They ain't heavy, they're my babies

February 19, 2006

Julia - 51
Padsdena, CA
3 children - (33), (30), (21)
5 grandchildren -(10), (7), (4), twin boys (deceased)

My baby just turned 21 on Friday, Feb 17, and it made me take a long hard look at the years when all of my children were growing up. There have been ups and downs, as in any family; disappointment for sure, but the joys far outweighed the disappointments. I truly believe that trials and tribulations make a family stronger. Especially if your perspectives are in the right place and there is unconditional love and commitment.
I have always known that my children have been my saving grace, and no matter how bad things looked, there has never been a time when I regretted having them. Oh! I would have liked a little vacation away from them (which I took as often as possible) or to run away for the day, but for the most part I can truly say that I enjoyed raising my children. They helped to keep my priorities in order, and to realize that at this particular season of my life that it wasn’t about me, but about them.
I thank God that he has blessed me with the love, wisdom, strength and courage to be the best mother I could be in the face of my wonderful blessing. There are things that I wish I could have done differently - most definitely - but there were lessons learned, even in those things I thought were failures on my part.
My children are all very unique and different in their own rights, yet my love for them is unconditional and unwavering. They are all trotting their own paths in life, and I trust God that He will continue to work a good work in them, never give them peace in sin, and that they will love Him with all their hearts. My constant prayer is that they realize and know that “They can do all things through Christ that strengthens them”, and that He has a wonderful plan for their lives; as men and women, son and daughters, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives. I pray that they realize the value of the relationships with the people God places in their lives and to know that there is a lesson to be learned from those relationships. That they to will know the joys of being parents to the fullest.

And God has now so graciously given me 3 wonderful grandchildren to love and nurture. I know that Niem and Nasir are watching over their Nani from heaven. Thank you Lord for the brief precious moment I had with them.
I watch in amazement at the wonderful job my children are doing as parents. Their parenting skills may differ in ways, but I thank God that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the love that I gave my children continues to flow to my grandchildren, unconditionally and unwavering; it is what truly matters.

God is good


Blogger upwords said...

God is good.

Yes, He is. And your testimony is proof of that. This brought tears to my eyes. This is good for those of us still in the trenches to hear. Thanks for sharing.

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Jasai said...

Everything I am and aspire to be is becuase this woman daily put one foot in front of the other. On the days it was hard for her, I knew it and was even more grateful. There is nothing greater than a good mother.

Mother, you broke the mold. Future generations will forever speak your name with love.



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Blogger alucas said...

"My children are all very unique and different in their own rights, yet my love for them is unconditional and unwavering. "

This has been one of the hardest lessons for me to learn but worth the time and effort to grasp. As mothers it's imperative that we learn to look at our children as individuals, separate and different from ourselves and their siblings. I finally resorted to prayer and the horoscopes in a attempt to find out what the heck I'm dealing with. So far it's working out okay.

Thanks for sharing. This is a wonderful blog.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom u forgot about m...But I still love u dearly because to watch both U & my moms strenght to understad now that it comes straight from the Lord i love u & God is sometimes too good to us...Schunetta Burns-Wilson

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Blogger Gay said...

Ditto what Mary said about those of us "still in the trenches". I am ecouraged daily by moms like Julia whose children are grown up. Mine are 10-year old twin girls and it is so easy to be overwhelmed by day-to-mundane-day chores and to-do lists. But then, I read or hear from mom's like Julia who have raised children and are reaping the fruit of their labor. There is always (or so it seems) a little melancholy in their voices. This tone makes me realize that those day-to-day things which overwhelm me today are the same things I'm going to look back on one day as some of the most enjoyable moments of this season "in the trenches". Like spending all weekend "doing hair"; or having stories read to me as I prepare dinner; or the daily hugs, kisses and "I love you mommy's" and hearing their "hushed" giggles and constant chattering (even after I've told them to turn out the lights and go to bed for the 100th time. I'll miss all that one day, but right now, all I can think of is it is Friday afternoon of a long work week and when I leave work, I have to pick them up, go to the grocery store, cook dinner and do laundry, etc., etc., etc.

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