Saturday, June 21, 2008

one moment long....

I was in my forum at Splitcoast, there is a conversation going based on a sweet mother that is so tired because she was up with her little one in the middle of the night. Bless her - those are long nights. I think someone could easily write a parenting book called "3 am". These days I don't miss 3 am, but I am grateful for 12 am. That is curfew. I am consistently in awe of the comfort the door opening and closing at that hour brings. (typically) I don't worry while Nic is gone, my faith is strong and I stay in a postive state of mind...but I will admit I am always relieved to hear his voice say "I'm home, mom...goodnight."

These days life doesn't slow down. Each time my children leave the house I swear they come back 1 inch taller. Luke arrived home from camp yesterday. The door to Unity opened and in he walked after a week at Bible Camp. He gave me a big hug - and proclaimed the enjoyment of his week looking down at me as he spoke. I stepped back , listening to this tall handsome 13 year old tell of the memories he had made, I fell in love with that moment. I felt so proud. That boy...I adore him.

James has left our home for the week as well. He is full speed ahead, that one. He is not content unless he is movin and groovin. He camps this week with friends, next week with bible camp, and the week after with his family. Dare I think he may appreciate being home after that? It is highly unlikely. Livin it up, that kid is. I won't stop him for a moment though. What a gift to be that in love with livin life. Takes after his Dad. Social. On the move.

Then we have the little one. He still is around keeping his mama company. This may be the very reason I appreciate the Independence of the older boys. Sawyer = 4 children. I never knew 1 small boy could have so many questions, stories and thoughts to share. He never stops talking.

I know that this lifetime really is one moment long. All the memories will be tied up into one simple moment one simple feeling. Love. I am so filled with that emotion I sometimes feel as though my heart may burst. To have been given so many opportunities to love. I can't even believe it! The very best part? It will only get better. I just can't wait!

Monday, June 16, 2008

The CAMERA did not come out BUT...

The food, laughs and golf clubs did! We had a story book Father's Day. Who gets to do that? We are so blessed. Our day consisted of being surrounded by It was pure comfort, pure fun, perfect memories. The good Lord has definitely blessed us immensely. To top off the celebration we received the wonderful word that the Magnuson Family is growing by yet one more....NO! It is not me! I should say the Mateja Family so as not to scare anyone! Chris's sister Jessica is having a NEW BABY in December. Does life get any better?
So Father's Day arrived and departed in perfect fashion. We enjoyed life. We enjoyed one another. We took a moment...all together in prayer and pronounce how amazing this life really is. The simple miracles that are found in simple moments are nothing short of splendid.
I watched my husband's face, decorated with a handsome "perma-grin" all day long. What a blessing to share my life with a man who enjoys life so very much. You can sense it. Just being in his presence it is simply evident. His eyes sparkle. I love that. I love him.
To the amazing men in my life that call themselves DAD - Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A bit of rambling....

I am watching my son put chicken patties on buns for his buddies. Several of them have taken over my basement. He gathered the assembled sandwiches, set them on top of one another and passed them out accordingly. They are all waiting patiently for The Hulk midnight showing to begin, and I am wondering why in the world I told them they could go! Now I have to prop toothpicks in my eyelids and manage to stay awake till the movie is complete.

Nic comes home from Lake Beauty Bible Camp tomorrow. He has been there since Sunday. I miss him terribly and I have no idea how I will cope with the boy leaving us for the summer. He is going to be working at a fish camp in Alaska for 6 weeks. He is the sort of child that will take every moment out of that experience that he can. It will be amazing, his mama will just need to learn to cope. He is beyond excited to start his adventure. Nothing like bidding farewell and taking on the adventure of a lifetime at a mere 16 years of age.

Life is as I have always dreamed. Sure we still take our bumps along the road but as I sit and ponder the circumstances that surround us, I feel extremely blessed. We all have our health, we all have our dreams, yet we are content.

Enjoy your life....make sure you add that to your "To Do" list, because really - THAT is what it is all about!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 turn 6 on the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

My baby boy is 6.

The freckles, the look of excitement and wonder, the part in the hair, the knowledge that indeed the entire world DOES revolve around just YOU for an entire day?

So this is the year I used to contemplate in my mind. One leaves kindergarten and becomes officially in GRADE SCHOOL, one leaves GRADE SCHOOL and enters MIDDLE SCHOOL, one leaves MIDDLE SCHOOL and enters JUNIOR HIGH and one leaves JUNIOR HIGH and enters SENIOR HIGH! Wow, am I seriously the LUCKIEST gal in the world or WHAT?!

I am launching a HUGE new business, watching my boys grow by leaps and bounds, loving each and every step of the way.

I will be honest, in my weakest of moments I wonder "Who I think I am" to handle all of it, but that normally only happens when I am informed I have one child going to TWO different bible camps on the SAME DATES, or when MY FAMILY is one of the ONLY ONES that are not pictured in the church directory, and then sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when I am shopping for BIRTHDAY gifts 1 hour prior to the 6 year olds arrival home from his last day of kindergarten....other than that (and the condition of my laundry room) I typically have it ALL TOGETHER! What can I say?
Hope you Enjoy your Day!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Brand New Boy....GUY?

...... AFTER!
This kid is not looking like a "kid" so much anymore! Saturday we were sitting in the back yard of our friends house watching the guys build a garage. Luke walks outside, sits in the chair next to me and says..."OK, it's time to cut it ALL OFF." My friend Sabrina just HAPPENS to be a hair dresser and without hesitation the scissors came out and the cutting began. This boy has not had hair this short since he was in 4th grade! He is now going into 8th grade looking like a Senior. Standing nearly 6 ft tall, he is literally shooting up before my eyes. I am so proud of him. Luke is amazing! The kid (guy, whatever) has a heart of gold and I am consistently proud of the person he is becoming day by day.
"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of person's character lies in their own hands."
Anne Frank