Some things are almost certain as a mom of boys.
- You will at some point experience the excruciating pain of stepping barefoot on a Lego.
- You will find the most random of things in pants pockets when you do laundry.
- You will be caught off guard from an unexpected Nerf gun dart when you least expect it.
- You will hear yourself asking…did you put on deodorant… daily in those preteen and even into teen years.
- Boys do things to surprise you. Often.
As I sit here and linger for just a few more minutes enjoying the tree, I focus not on the fact that my son will awake in an hour asking where he left his shoes but rather on the moments from the weekend that make me go wow.
My son went to the basement this weekend and brought up all the Christmas decorations without being asked. He just did it. He started decorating and patiently waited for me to finish what I was doing so I could help. Then, he cleaned up and took it all back downstairs.
His college age sister had to buy a car this weekend. They sat beside each other in the front as my husband and I sat in the back as we drove around to see Christmas lights. My husband leaned over and whispered to me, “Our children are getting along.” Our son later declared he was going to work really hard when he was old enough to get a job so he could buy a nice car like his sister.
My little chef made a double layer cake yesterday. He improvised. Our cake pans were two different sizes. Oops!
As I dropped off a dear 93 year old lady whom I take to church every Sunday, she hugged me tightly and told me to enjoy every moment with my children. “Don’t wish the moments away. Even the hard ones. They go by so quickly.”
As we head into the Christmas season, may we stay focused on the things that matter. Let’s not be so busy that we miss the special things our children do, the whisprered words of our spouses, the wisdom from dear friends, and the greatest Gift of the season…our Savior Jesus Christ.
Don’t wish the moments away, even the hard ones.
What are your favorite things about this time of year?