I look at my boys now, one is driving and one is getting getting ready to, both are taller than myself and probably much wiser then me also. I cringe to think that the time is upon us where one is getting ready to face independent life and knowing how fast time flew, the other will follow shortly there after.
I think back on the days when my boys were toddlers. Our only Daycare Mom had moved and since that time, I determined that no one else would raise my children. It would be my responsibility. My husbands Mother lived 4 hours away and my Mother had a child still in school so we didn't have the help most people do in getting a break from our kids. It was tough then...but we did everything with our kids. No nanny, no babysitter, it was always Us and the Boys. They were influenced and active in every decision we made, we stopped going out to any establishment that didn't allow children, and we focused on being a family.
I look back on what that decision did for our family. We slowed down the busyness of life, we sacrificed money, we sacrificed friends, we invested in our family. My boys enjoy church, they love Jesus, we still read the Bible as a family every single night without issue. And we are close. Very close.
I love being a Mom... it's the most important job I have, and I love being a wife to a Man that walks along side of me keeping Christ as our center. We've made so many mistakes in life, and yet God held on to us. I love that. I love that through our chaos, God can bring perfect order. I love that he gave me a chance to learn how to be a good wife and a great Mom. In reality, I didn't sacrifice anything.... Yet, I gained everything with Christ as our Center.