Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Favorite Year


I told someone recently that this is the "pay off" year. This is the year when all the hard work I've put into parenting is paying off.

All the years of reading books and trying to figure out the best way to discipline my kids.
All the years of sleepless nights.
All the years of training and molding them into who they are today.
All the years of building foundations.

All the years have led us to this one.

And while I have loved all the years... this is my favorite one yet!

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I am having such a great time with Liza and Jason this summer! They were the best little travel companions when we went to Maryland to visit family. They are lots of fun to go on bike rides with and they push themselves and go far... 15 miles is the longest ride for them so far and that's pretty good for a 7 and 8 year old! They go on hikes with me and know how to just go slow and take it all in. We spend long days at the lake and would probably just stay forever if we didn't get so tired.

I'm loving this summer because it is easy. Because I can say let's go spend the day at the lake and the kids get excited and pitch in. They make their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and help pack up lunch. They play well together all day and then help unpack when we get home.

They have real conversations with each other and with me. I love being able to know what goes on in their minds!

I love their behavior and their attitudes. And no I wasn't just blessed with easy kids. I have worked for this... constantly... from the day they were born. And I never quit. And I still have years and years of work to do. But I no longer have to do things like changing diapers and cutting up food and being up at night.

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I feel like I got to hit the cruise control of life and we are just riding along, enjoying life.

Yes, we have our grumpy days and our days of whining and bickering... but they are few. And so we continue to go and do and have fun.

This is the good life.
This is the life I hoped for... worked for.
I wouldn't trade it for anything!!

Especially when as we are pulling into the driveway after a long day out and...

JASON: Thanks for taking us to the lake mom!
LIZA: Thanks mom!
ME: Thanks for being kids that are fun to go to the lake with.
JASON: Thanks for being a good mom.

Worth it.
Worth it all!
Worth the years of changing diapers and spoon feeding and talking endlessly about choices and how they are in control of their own behavior. Worth the time spent reading all the books and working out a discipline that works.

Worth it.
Because my kids are worth it and summers like this are the payoff.

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