You just married the man of your dreams. You’re loving married life, even the adjustments (or not). Cherish the moments of failed meals, quiet evenings, and Friday dates. These are the memories you’ll pull out to tell your daughter one day.
You’re adding a little person to your home. It’s oh-so-exciting with a few fears all rolled together. What kind of parent will I be? Will I live Jesus loud enough so my child will see how much fun it is to serve Him? Cherish the moments of your growing girth, butterfly flutters and shopping for impossibly tiny socks.
You’re a mother! The love you feel for that bundle of joy cannot be explained. The exhaustion as you get up every few hours is equally unexplainable. But then, that first smile – your world just turns upside down. Cherish the dirty diapers, the insurmountable laundry, and the sweet smell of a freshly bathed baby.
You’re still a mother, but how can it be that your child is going to school? You’ve purchased the uniform, shopped for crayons, pencils, and a tiny backpack. What will you do all day? Cherish the tears in your eyes. Cherish the pride and the spring in your child’s step after school as they talk about their teacher, new friends, and games played at recess.Cherish the simple moments through the seasons of life -- each one is a God-given joy. Click To Tweet
And you’re still a mother – a mother of a teenager. How did this happy? These are the days to cherish the most. The days of accidental talks at the local fast food restaurant, helping with algebra problems solved differently from when you struggled to pass the class, and saying “no” when your child so desperately wants a “yes.” Cherish them all. You’re mothering days are changing, so cherish the teenage years.
And yes, you’re still a full-time mother, but only for the length of an engagement. Your child –but soon to be a husband or wife. Make this the best time in your child’s life. Shop for bridal gowns and flowers, let your child make the fun decisions. Nobody will remember you had blue napkins when maybe white might be better. Explain to your son that a groom should never tell his bride, “My mother’s pie/cake/lasagna tasted better.” And cherish these times of your stars-in-their-eyes child – these last months under your roof.
You’re still a mother, but you’ve added the grand in front of it. A grandmother? Aren’t grandmas supposed to be old and rock all day in a chair? The emptiness of your home will become the fullness of your heart. Rock away, go to grandparent’s day at school, attend the sports games. Cherish the times you can bake cookies and cook their favorite meal. These are the times the cherishing is shared – because your involvement in your grandchildren’s life will be the memories they cherish, too.
What season are you cherishing?