Monday, March 30, 2009

Raising Adults.....

There are volumes of books that share how to raise children.  I read some, did the best I could do and then one day they are no longer little children.
       Recently I read something that really got me to think.  The premise was that you do NOT raise children, you DO raise adults.  What a concept!!! 
      It made me think about my adult children and how much I love them and am grateful to them for the people they have become.  This weekend was completely joyous.  Jim and I got to spend time with both of our children and in doing so we came back feeling so amazed at how capable they are and how proud we are of  both of them.  
     They cooked us wonderful meals and they shared their lovely homes.  They both work hard at their jobs and in their marriages, and they have a relationship with God.  I have not stopped  thinking about how blessed I feel.  I do miss the little children that used to live in our home, but they have been replaced with an incredible gratitude that I have for the adults they have become. 
It becomes twice the blessing when they marry people that add that much more joy to our lives. I feel truly that I now have two daughters and two sons. How wonderful is that?
 Dustin is a little camera phobic....hard to be in a family that takes endless pics. This is a favorite picture I have of Dustin caring for my Mom. It shows his loving heart and deep respect he has for Oma.  Qualities that make me love him very much.
I have to end this post with another favorite photo of this weekend.  Oma came along when I performed my "magic" on Jonathan and Jill's garden. This is a yearly Easter lieu of Chocolate Bunnies.  The garden turned out so lovely, but the most important gift of the weekend was the time we could all share. This sweet photo says it all!!!!


Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

Looks like such fun!!

Meghan Hein said...

My sweet, sweet Momma,

I love you SO much! Thanks for your kind words. We all feel blessed to be a part of our amazing family!

Sandy said...

You have a beautiful family...I can tell you are immensely proud as you should be!