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Monday, September 29, 2008

The Changing Face of my Family

It was so nice to see Little Bear at home this afternoon. I must sound like one of those mothers... the desperate kind. I am aware that I do miss him and it's sweeter all the time to have him around. I also really love to have Little Joe at home; I know that this year will be over all too quickly, and then he'll be finished with high school, too. He has already declared his intentions of joining his brother at Bible College, and "Wouldn't it be so cool if we could be roommates and play our guitars together!" I refrain from reminding him that they were "roommates" for a good twelve years and they were both more than happy to have their own rooms after that!
Anyway... we had a tasty family dinner this evening, and I dragged the three of them into the backyard to pose for me in the last light of the day. The photo reminded me of an old one I took back in 1993, when the boys were 1 and 3. How time flies!
We just said goodbye to Little Bear as he left for the college - back for another week of fun and games! I'm so thankful that although he's "away" at school, we can still see him throughout the year and continue to enjoy watching him grow up. It never ends. I always enjoyed the different stages the boys went through as babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and so on. I'm still enjoying it as they make the transition to adulthood.
Here's one of my favourite quotes on parenting, by Elizabeth Stone: Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.

1 comment:

Southern Ange said...

WOw! What absolutely gorgeous photos. And doesn't Big Bear bear a striking resemblance to the lil bears?! I guess if the Momma Bear was in the pic too, we'd be able to make even more comparisons!! One more thing we noticed, was how grown up Lil Bear looks after only a few weeks away. Wow again! They grow up so fast...

Loved the quote. You're not a desperate mother - just someone who has given her all to her kids, and lives for her family.

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