Monday, August 18, 2014

From 30 to 31

I can't believe it's my birthday again!  Wow, this first year of my 30s has shown me quite a bit... 


I've seen how much I love being a (most-of-the-time) stay-at-home mom, and also how hard it is.  I have so much to work on, like being more patient and relaxing and enjoying the moment.  It's ok if the laundry piles up, the kids don't behave perfectly, or we eat cereal for lunch every now and then.  It's ok to just have fun.  No purpose or goal to work towards - just having fun.  That's what they'll remember.  Not that the counters were always clean and all the toys were always picked up.  But all those fun family moments we shared.


I've seen how fast our little ones are growing up.  Earlier this year, Buster couldn't even walk.  Or say much.  J couldn't even talk much last year.  Now, they're running and chatting away.  There is just so much more they can do from a year ago to today!  It's amazing...and a little sad too.  Yesterday as we were riding our bikes around the neighborhood, I saw some pre-teen girls sitting in their yard, talking about school.  Then, I hear our little J yell out to Jim, "Daddy, faster, faster!"  It just made me think of how before too long J will be like those older girls.  And she won't want us to do things for her as much anymore, so we really need to stop and take the time to soak in and truly enjoy these moments when they're little.

...like her wanting us to catch her at the bottom of the slide!

I've seen what a role model I am for the kids.  And obviously Jim too.  J and B copy and repeat everything we say and do.  The past year has really shown me how this is just as - or maybe more - important than sitting down and teaching them lessons, like the alphabet or math.  They learn how to get through difficult situations, how to treat others, and how they should be treated as a person from what they see modeled through our actions.  It is such an important job that we have as parents to model the faith and character to our kids so they become healthy, happy, and loving people someday!

My little helper, copycat, and mini-me

I've seen how my infertility journey is more like a roller coaster than something I can just "get over".  I struggled with it a lot late last year.  First, I want to say that I am so grateful for my children and how they came to us through adoption.  I would never change the past.  They were always meant to be with us, and they're such gifts!  It's looking forward that can be difficult.  I want to give my kids more siblings and my husband and myself more children.  But my body can't/won't give life physically.  That's a hard pill to swallow.  So I have to keep telling myself to remember how much God has blessed us through my infertility so far.  And that His Plan for us has been amazing for us.  He hasn't forgotten us, and He has great plans for us.  I've learned I just need to tell myself that everyday!

What gifts!

 
What a big year it's been!  I feel like I've grown a lot, but that I still have a long way to go in some areas.  I wonder what will my 31st year be like?  I pray it's full of more growth, joy, and many blessings.

Cheers to another year!

12 comments:

  1. You have such beautiful children! Great reminder to focus on creating fun memories for your family. I think every mom needs to hear that once in a while. Have a good week!

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    1. Thank you! And, yes, it's something a mom needs to remind herself everyday! It's so easy to get wrapped up in the busy-ness of life and miss the real life moments. Have a great weekend! -Jess

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  2. Your family is beautiful! I'm turning 30 next year... I'll be honest.. I'm not looking forward to it!

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    1. Thank you! I really had a hard time with 30 too. Still am! haha Hopefully, I'll learn to live with it before I'm 40 ;) -Jess

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  3. What a beautiful family! I am turning 30 in just a few months and I totally feel like I have settled into myself....and I too am settling into being a SAHM, and LOVE it!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, being a stay-at-home mom is awesome! I love that I'm able to be with my kids everyday and enjoy all the fun and crazy moments...and that they're always teaching me something new. It sure seems like motherhood is a job that I'm constantly settling into because there's something new to learn everyday! Have a great weekend! -Jess

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  4. I so meant to wish you a happy birthday on Sunday and missed it. Fail on my part. Happy belated birthday, Jess! Cheers to another wonderful year for you and your family

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    1. Thanks! It was such a great day...here's praying that the year is great too! -Jess

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  5. Precious!! Oh, those beautiful and sweet faces. I admire you both so much for choosing adoption--it's a beautiful thing to do and such a blessing to those kids and for you as well! My husband I hope to one day adopt if the Lord continues to call us in that direction. I can tell from the photos that you are such a sweet mama. The way they look at you is so sweet!
    Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    1. Thank you so much! I will pray for you two as your discern adoption for your family. It truly is such a blessing and so full of love.

      Everyday, I think about their birthmothers and how much they loved them by making this choice. Both of them told us how much they felt blessed by US because we wanted to adopt their babies. And the whole time we had felt so blessed by THEM for entrusting us with these little lives to love and raise as our own. Even though there is a sadness with adoption (because there is obviously a reason why the birthmother chose it), it is also filled with love and blessings.

      Thank you so much for your sweet compliments and for hosting the link up! Have a wonderful rest of the week! -Jess

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    1. Thank you so much! I had a great day! -Jess

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