My son is 4 and my little girl is almost 21 months old. Watching them grow up reminds me of how precious life is and that we shouldn’t take any moments for granted. At times, the things we stress about most end up being things that ultimately don’t matter too much.
If there is anything I want to teach my children, it’s that life is full of goodness and beauty if we train our eyes to see it. There is beauty everywhere, and at every turn people are doing the right thing. And when I mention beauty, I am not just talking about things in the world that are aesthetically pleasing, but things that also please our hearts and our spirits. The things that make us feel like goodness and beauty surrounds us.
Growing up, my father was not a major part of my life. He was around but, unfortunately, our relationship wasn’t very meaningful, especially after his relationship with my mom ended. Thankfully, my mom’s love provided what I needed to become a happy, well-adjusted adult, and the men in my life (two uncles in particular) filled the void. I will forever be grateful for that.
There aren’t many babies or young children in our family. My kids are actually the youngest. We also don’t have a very large family, and everyone loves our little ones to pieces, so you can imagine how much stuff my kids get. Birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and of course, just because gifts have filled our home. It’s a blessing, indeed, but we also don’t want to spoil the kids. Plus, after a while, it starts to feel like we are living in a toy store. It became time to de-clutter.
My little Jada Bear, as we affectionately call her, will be 21 months old next week. I can see her 2nd birthday on the horizon, and I am puzzled by where the time went. It seems to have gone by so much faster than those first two years of my son’s life. Maybe it’s because I spent more time at home with him before returning to work (18 months vs. the 4 months I stayed home with Jada). Maybe I am busier now and the days just feel like one big blur. I can’t be sure. I just know that I really feel like I was pregnant with her yesterday, and now I have a soon-to-be toddler on my hands.