Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Parenting 101

This was a post I started just before the boys were born, but never published.  This Sunday, while doing our family planning for the week, I looked at the calendar and realized February 1st a year ago, was when I was initially put on bedrest.  The gripping fear, anxiety, and stress of that period in our lives is something I don't think Dan or I will ever forget, and hopefully something we never have to go through again.

To say we've learned a lot would be an understatement.  Thinking back on our year, I know I've had to acquire more backbone and really stick to my guns with regard to how we/I choose to parent/mother our children . . . occasionally with friends, or family but especially when it has come to doctors. There have been heartaches, challenges, many sleepless nights, lots of reading/research, phone calls trying to figure out how to 'do' this parenting thing.  It's been a sharp learning curve, and the lessons are far from over, but we have made some progress.

Reading this tidbit from year ago, gave me a glimpse into heaven and made the veil seem a bit thinner as I thought of our loving Father in Heaven gently, tenderly guiding us along.

From 2012: The idea of being a parent truly scares me.  Despite that, I had a moment about 1 1/2 months ago which gave me a glimpse into my eternal 401k and actually made me excited about being a mom.  We are going to have he opportunity to bring two of God's children into this world - what an awesome responsibility!  I know it's going to be challenging and we are going to make a lot of mistakes, but I am grateful as well.  Grateful I get to do this with Dan by my side and for the father he will be; grateful for how abundantly we've been blessed in the time we have been married; grateful to know there is a purpose to this life; and grateful for the knowledge that I can learn a great deal about parenting from our Heavenly Father.  Knowing all of that, does parenting still scare me?  Yes, yes it does . . . but I am grateful to know we are not in this alone.

1 comment:

  1. You and Dan have been and continue to be amazing, wonderful parents. The boys are absolutely thriving because of your loving care and dedication to them, thanks for being such great parents to our beautiful grandchildren.