Growing Pains

I get a lot of comments about having so many boys at such a young age.  I actually think of it as a compliment.  One person asked how old I was when I had my first kid, because I looked like I was twenty.  No offense taken:)

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I am right with them.  It blows my mind as well that I am a parent.  That Timmy and I are in charge of making sure that my little angels are alive, well, and  thriving.

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This truth always rings true when my boys are sick.  I am the one in charge to make sure they are not dehydrated, breathing correctly, getting the right dose of medication, warm enough etc.  The list goes on and on.

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As a general rule I try hard not to think about all my responsibilities as a parent or I start to become overwhelmed…

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That is how I approach life.  Chances are if there is an opportunity for growth, I do not want to do it.  In fact my motto for life right now is “If I do not want to do it, I probably should:)”

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This reluctance for growth began at a very young age.

My mom signed me up for a lot of activities like softball, swimming, dance, tennis and choir, and I did not want to do any of them.

When we moved from beautiful Spring City to El Paso, and I saw the biggest High school I had ever seen in my life as a small 14 year old, I was so scared to go.

All the singing competitions scared the living day lights out of me.

Applying for college far away from my family, and seeing my family drive off will always be a memory etched in my mind of terror!

Being a music major I was provided with a lot of opportunities for growth, that I wish were not available, like juries!

Getting married was also a big commitment that I was scared to death of!

Teaching troubled teenagers Rock and Roll History was not on the top of my to do list:)

Becoming a mom was exciting/terrifying!

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When I am blessed with having another kid/blessing, I get more nervous, because now I know how much work they are!

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Supporting Timmy as we are going through A LOT of school without a definite end in sight, is to say the least a little unsettling.

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But I do it anyway.   Why?  Because I know I am a better person because of it.  And to be quite honest, I have had the best life and would not change a thing!

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My life is better than I ever could have imagined and it is because I took a leap of faith and let the Lord take care of the rest!

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A Winter Wonderland

My boys love Winter with all of their hearts. It takes Zach twenty minutes to get from to the bus stop and back from the bus stop because he wants to jump in every pile of snow that he sees.

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To add to the fun, Zach likes to collect snow on his way home from the bus stop, and by the end has enough snow to make a good snowman.  I try to tell him that there is enough snow to make his creation at home, but I feel that he is not listening… I am sure there is a method to his madness:)

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Grant is starting to like snow.  This is abig deal!  I am proud of you Grant, because the past three years of your life, snow would cause multiple breakdowns.  Because who likes to be cold?

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Who likes to be cold is Bennett.  He is a daredevil out in the snow, he actually takes after his brother Zach and raised it to the next level….

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Thank heavens for Timmy!  He makes all their dreams come true.  Because heaven forbid I step out of the snow.  I consider myself more of a making their dreams come true from the inside of the comfort of my home.  I supply their snow toys dreams, such as snow shovels, water to make an ice fort, pirate ships, Jake, Cubby, the list goes on and on.  I also make sure that their snow clothes are warm and ready for the next day and who can forget the hot chocolate?

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Jamesy Boy does not like the snow.  The snow falling on his luscious cheeks, is just too much!  I don’t blame him.
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Winter time for kids is really magical.  Snow creates so many things.  The only thing that is stopping you from creating something awesome is you!  You can make snow forts, buildings, caves, etc.  And you get to do sweet moves like this.

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Where else can you go slide down something fast, without going to an amusement park?

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 So here is to the next six months of winter!  And instead of dreading the winter months, I am going to try to see it the way my boys see the snow.  Because to them it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

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