The fun thing about having a bigger family is all the ages and different stages. Sometimes it is hard, everyone needs something different from you. You feel pulled in a million directions. But they all bring something wonderful and unique to your heart and home.
I love watching the older children interacting with the younger children. Something special about their relationships. They have a unique bond. I like watching the older ones teaching the younger ones something new. I love seeing them work together. I love seeing them snuggle. I truly enjoy seeing my children kindly interacting with one another.
I now have two teenagers in my home and one preteen. Sometimes that comes with its own drama. I am not a drama momma, so I ask them to resolve their differences in a peaceful, respectful way. Doesn’t always happen that way, but that is the goal. I also have a special needs son that is nine. The two littles are seven and four. They are always up to something mischievous together. Well not always, but they are always getting into something together. Sometimes they have their own drama, and I am trying to teach them how to resolve their differences.
I am learning that every stage has their own set of challenges. I am learning that life is never perfect. I am learning to love each day and each stage. I am learning to embrace the mundane. I am learning to be more flexible. I am learning to never take one second for granted. My oldest is fourteen and just started ninth grade. Oh my, what a wake up call….. He is taller than me, and I have seen him grow right before my eyes. The last few years passed in what seems like seconds.
I am not saying that it is easy. I am not going to say that you will enjoy every second of every day with your children. I am not going to say you won’t get exhausted. I am just letting you know that it goes by fast. They will not stay little for long. Everyday they are growing. Everyday that are changing in little and sometimes big ways. Everyday is a gift, so don’t let that gift slip away….