Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pondering

As my son, Chandler, tried to get in the car I locked the door, then unlocked it, thenlocked it again. This went on about 5 times before his teen-age self scrunched up his face and rather loudly demanded that I unlock the door and let him in. I was in a playful mood so as I let him in I just smiled which melted something in him and we both began to laugh out loud. What fun for me as those times of connection are few and far between right now during these teen years. As I backed out of the drive way I looked at him and was amazed at how big he is. I asked him when he had gotten so big to which he replied with an unamused "I dunno." I asked him if he remembered when he was little I would ask him "How big is Channie and then we'd both reply as I raised his hands in the air..."So Big" he did not have the foggiest idea what I was talking about and asked if he could please quit talking and listen to his i-pod. This little chat made me think of Mary and how the bible says she treasured up all of these things and pondered them in her heart right after the birth of Jesus. I began to tear up as I wondered if I have truly treasured the time I have had with my children or if I have been so caught up in the business of life I will have nothing to ponder in my heart in later years. As I looked at my teen-age son I soon realized that I do have a lot to ponder in my heart. God has been good enough to allow me to remember little moments that he and I shared together and still do even if it is only in a brief moment of silliness and a car door lock.

Blessings,

14 comments:

Fran said...

WOW!! Ok...I want to enjoy my kids. I don't want to be so buys that we miss moments with them...memories with them.

Thanks Linda.
Hugs~
Fran

Julie said...

Linda,
It's amazing to me when Papa confirms through others the same things He is speaking to me. He spoke to me a couple of days ago about living in the moment with my kids and getting off course and I wrote about it on my blog. He is speaking to me again as I read yours.

Thanks for sharing your heart.

I have one who is overseas as I write this...and 3 teenagers and a 10 year old.... I too want to savor the moments.

Have a blessed night,
Julie

ADELE said...

Oh I just love your posts. I am always touched by something you write. I am especially moved by this particular post. You are so right, we must cherish and enjoy our time with our children and not get too busy to live our lives. Thanks for the reminder.

Sandy said...

I remember Channie doing that! They do grow so fast and the memories are amazing things! Those memories and God are the only things that will get us through these extrememly tough years ahead!
Love ya sis,
San

Anonymous said...

Beautiful sentiments, Linda. I can
imagine Chan's look to begin with and the the remark about the ipod. Didn't have such a thing with your
Mom but the same attitudes were there with both girls only for a few years, This too shall pass. My best to all. Grandma

Sue Cramer said...

Ok, you've got me crying here!

The days go by so quick. I remember wanting to poke a sharp stick in the eye of everyone who said that to me as I ran around chasing a 4 year old and 2 year old with a baby hanging off me (literally!).

Now I say it all the time and try to enjoy every minute with Lauren!

Thanks for the sweet thoughts.
Sue

Gina@Chats With An "Old Lady" said...

I love the name of your blog! Just love it!!!

Mel's World said...

Ok Linda...are you reading my mind??? You have no idea how much I have been thinking about that lately.

My boys just turned 12 and 14, and my 14 year old is 5'8" and 140lbs. It was just yesterday that he was 21 1/2inches and 7lbs 7oz. (I swear it was yesterday).

What a beautiful gift to be able to "treasure" all those moments in our hearts and grab them off the shelf in our memory every now and then!

Meredith said...

What a much needed reminder to cherish our children, and other loved ones. I know my boys will be teenagers before I know it...

Kim said...

Linda~
I had Holy Ghost bumps as I read your post today.

I LOVE how you thought of Mary...wow....

You are so right...it's SO important...to store up sweet moments like this...they do grow up SO fast......hang on Mamma....

Kim~

Paige said...

I am feeling what you are Linda as my son graduates next month. He tried on his tux for the prom at Men's Wearhouse Thursday and looked so handsome...I had to hold back the tears. Tomorrow is the real thing..oh no!

Hugs,
Paige

Denise C said...

You are so wise! Our time with our babies passes by so quickly! Oh what a precious gift they are! Thank you for this beautiful post on your precious love for your son..and how your heart shone as you remembered sweet days with him!
Love you,
Denise

petrii said...

Linda,
What an amazing post!! As a mother of a 15 yr old boy, I totally get cherishing those oh-so-few moments. A few months ago God started showing me that I would have a "few" teachable moments with Dakota and I needed to take advantage of those. So as we walk through these teen years, God reminds me of this with a little tug in my heart when those arise, and a great big "Hold on there girl" when it's just not and it's going in one ear and out the next. I am learning so much from my Father!!
Thank you for this post,
Dawn

MOM said...

Hey girl! You struck a cord with your last post. I am get Gloria's anbd showing her everyones BLOG. Have a good week I'll talk with you before I return to Germany.
Love Mom