Suzanne this is for you
Parenting is by far the hardest job I will ever have. That was a big surprise wasn't it??!! Thankfully it is also very joyful and God has given me wonderful friends to share the woes and throes of parenting along the way. Who else can understand your sippy cup mishaps?? Your 1 year old's screaming fits?? The selfishness of one child and the kindnesses of another?? What school to send your child to? The list could go on but you get the picture. This award goes to my dear friend Suzanne!! I have told her she should have her own blog she has lots of great stories and her kids say some cute things but since she doesn't I am blogging this story for her and for me too!
A little info for those who need it. I met Suzanne through CFA - our husbands work together. She has 3 children. Madelyn is 5 and goes to school with Nathan. Samuel will be 3 in March and Caroline is 16 months - she and Ethan are 3 weeks apart. So you can see we live in the same season of life right now. There are many things I love about Suzanne - she is authentic, her kids are not perfect and she doesn't try to hide it - hence the picture below and this blogpost.
This picture was taken on my phone on our recent walk in her neighborhood. It is not a very good picture so let me set the scene for you. Nathan and Madelyn and Luke and Samuel are supposed to be taking turns riding in the powerwheels jeep. Ethan and Caroline are being pulled along in the wagon. In this picture Nathan and Madelyn are having their turn in the jeep and Samuel well - he is not liking it - in fact for 97% of the walk he didn't like it. He is running after them screaming and crying and making a spectacle of himself. So we end up turning around and eventually Suzanne has to pick him up and hold him - all the while he is flailing around and screaming and making an even bigger spectacle of himself. Meanwhile the jeep runs out of battery and we still have two babies in a wagon and we have a bit of a ways to get home. Needless to say it was a less than pleasant walk. We made it back jeep and all and we were laughing a little then - but now we laugh a lot about it. I can only write this because I have had similar experiences and because we both know our kids aren't perfect and neither are we. As I write this I realize this story probably isn't funny to anyone else -because it is one of those where you kind of just needed to be there. However I want to look back and remember these seasons (I love reading my old blogposts - they make me smile because I forget soo much!) and thank God for giving me friends (like Suzanne ) to share them with who know exactly what you are talking about, who share the same Hope and desires for their children. "And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. " Col. 1:28