Anyway, looking at pictures always puts a lump in my throat because of how beautiful my girls are and also, how much they have grown. Geez. They don't even look like the same children!
I often have the same response when people say "Your girls are so sweet" or "Emma has such a sweet spirit".
I can't help but work somewhere into the conversation, "Thank you. Pray I don't mess them up!"
Because this parenting gig keeps me begging the Lord for direction. I mean I'm 'on' 24/7, standing watch because this world wants simply to devour us.
I'm somewhat surprised by how parenting my girls looks so different today than say .... a year ago. I understood that when they were toddlers, like whatever discipline method worked one day wouldn't scrape the surface the next. We would adjust and move on, hanging on until the next season.
But, this new phase has brought new challenges, new discussions and new reasons to laugh as well. I was talking to my Mom yesterday about some tough decisions we are having to make for Emma right now and she said, "Isn't parenting fun?"
No, sometimes it's not.
But, it's always worth it and at the end of the day I thank God for entrusting these girls to me for a very short time.
So, pray I don't mess it up. I'm leaning on Him, sometimes holding on for dear life, and trusting Him to cover my mistakes. There are many.