I have three amazing kids. I mean amazing! They each have their own personalities and all bring fulfillment to my life. As I sit watching them play this Sunday evening, I’m reminded how much they teach me. They have each taught me a something different and it brings tears to my eyes even thinking about it. Let me share these lessons with you!
1. Love Unconditionally
Hannah, my oldest, will be 10 on January the 20th. I can remember the day we brought her home from the hospital. I did not grow up around babies–ever–so holding my own baby, I was lost. But when she grabbed my finger and squeezed it for the first time, I was hooked. It was love at first sight. It’s been an amazing rollercoaster with her. She’s an avid reader, loves Minecraft, and anything with kittens on it. That’s a normal girl though right? But the way she loves unconditionally…man that’s awesome. She has a crazy ability to read people and can tell their emotions. It never ceases to amaze me how she can tell when I’m having a bad day and will come up and give me the most sweetest hug and look me in the eyes and say, “Daddy, I love you and thank you for taking care of us.” Gahhh…I’m weeping now just even thinking about it. And it’s always when I need it the most. She doesn’t care if I got on to her for not cleaning her room or got angry at her for not listening to me…she’s always there with the best hug and the best “I love you” you can imagine…Unconditional love, God set the perfect example, she follows in those footsteps so well, I hope I can too.
2. Laugh Uncontrollably
Now Joshua is my second, he’s 8 and turns 9 in August. This kid is SOOO silly. He has a crazy wit and can make a joke out of anything. He’s always smiling and giggling which brings so much joy to my heart. He’ll come up with some corny joke and just think it’s the funniest thing in the world. He’ll crack up and his reaction to the joke is what always makes me laugh like crazy. He can’t sit still, he’s always jumping and skipping around the house, or building new contraptions with his legos, or making up some fun story and acting it out with his younger brother. Josh continues to teach me that it’s okay to laugh, especially at yourself. There’s nothing wrong with being silly. Love the life God has given you, enjoy your time with your family, be who you are.
3. Life life to the fullest
Jonah, my youngest, is 5. The only thing this child is afraid of is beetles…that’s it. I mean nothing else scares this kid. He will climb trees higher then the older kids and I worry about him falling out, but he figures how to get back down and he has a blast doing it. He recently said a bad word he had heard from a video on youtube and being the parent I am, I washed his mouth out with soap. Now let me tell you, when my mom did it to me I was in tears, gagging and spitting, and I never said that word again. When I did it to him, he looked me dead in the eyes and just took that punishment. I was amazed, no tears, no fussing, no fear, just accepted what he had done wrong and the punishment that came with it. I silently clapped for him, he won that round! But this kid is always doing crazy fun stuff and if he does get hurt, he brushes himself off, regroups, and tries again. His tenacity is amazing, he never gives up. I love watching him try something new and then the excitement on his face when he succedes.
These kids teach me every day, and I constantly remind myself that they are precious gifts from God. That He felt I was strong enough to lead and guide them, to encourage, to love. I encourage you to watch your kids, and look for what they’re trying to teach you, you’ll be surprised at how much you can learn!
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