I was reminded today of the reason I decided to call this blog “Mom Is Forever.” I wanted a way to share with other moms that “mothering” doesn’t stop just because the children grow up. Our children will always be our “babies.” There are so many ways to continue in the calling of motherhood. I thought about so many other suitable titles but they were all taken. I settled on “Mom is Forever” because being a mom truly does last forever. I gave birth to four babies. Three of them are still here on this earth and I will be their mom until my last breath. I was reminded of this truth today because our youngest baby celebrated her 18th birthday. All of my children are now adults. Our nest began to empty a year and a half ago when our son married and left home. Our middle child is in college and although she has moved back home, life with her is different. She is a beautiful young woman who is embracing adulthood, working, serving, and making adult decisions. Now our youngest daughter has reached adulthood. Our nest is one birthday closer to becoming empty.
Our nest may be emptying in some ways but it will never really be empty. My home is graced with children every single day so I enjoy sharing about the things I do with my preschoolers. My goal in this is twofold. I want to help young moms and early childhood educators find fun and educational activities to do with their children. I also want to help older moms and grandmothers find fun and educational things to do with their children and grandchildren. This is another way of reinforcing the idea that mothering is a lifelong calling.
My children are older now but we are a family tightly knitted together. My husband and I stay engaged with our older children. We are diligent about zeroing in on the things that interest our adult children. We focus on mutual interests. It is important for families to do life together and we love every moment we spend with our adult kids. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to share more about the things we do together in the future. This weekend, we focused on our youngest and newest adult child.
Megan’s 18th Birthday
Our celebrations for Megan’s 18th birthday started on Friday when I purchased her cake. She opted for a cookie cake from The Great American Cookie Company. She prefers sugar cookies over chocolate chip so that’s what she got.
Our family loves Christian music. On Saturday we headed to the Georgia Dome to attend Winter Jam. The artists attending were For King and Country, Matthew West, Crowder, Lauren Daigle, Red, Sidewalk Prophets, KB * Tedashii * Tripp Lee, Stars Go Dim, We Are Messengers, Tony Nolan, and one of my all time favorite groups, New Song.
It was a memorable afternoon and evening. We were told to arrive early . . . very early . . . so even though doors didn’t open til 5:00pm, we were there by 2:30. The lines were already long. We took advantage of the opportunity to make memories while standing outside the Georgia Dome with a few thousand of our closest friends. We laughed and talked but mostly people-watched. People are a free source of discussion and entertainment.
Once we made it inside, the wait was worth it. The bands were awesome. The music of the night satisfied all sorts of Christian music tastes. Megan enjoyed all the bands. My personal favorite was Newsong who performed one of my all time favorite songs, an old 80s favorite, Arise My Love.
This was definitely a memorable family event for Megan’s special day. Megan was thrilled that her brother and his wife could come with us. She also invited a friend. My husband and I enjoyed it as much as all the young people.
We decided we are never growing old.
Today was Megan’s actual birthday. I’ll admit that I shed a few tears this morning as I created a Facebook collage to wish her a happy birthday. It seems like only yesterday that I held a tiny newborn baby in my arms while her 3 year old sister and 5 year old brother played nearby. Now, all in the same month, February 2016, they will all have birthdays and turn 18, 21, and 23. However, I will always be their mom because mom is forever.
Our daughter is beautiful inside and out. We love her beyond measure. We are blessed and honored to be chosen to be her parents. Watching God’s plan for her life unfold has been, is, and will be an incredible journey.