Tuesday, July 12, 2016

They do grow up too fast!

At this stage of mothering, I get to experience it all from newborns to teens on the cusp of adulthood and independence. It's sweet - but bittersweet. 


Ivanhoe and Lady Rowena

 



Having an almost 15-year old with a job makes me hug those little boys tighter while I still can. Their kisses and marriage proposals won't always be there to put a smile on my face. :)

Solomon, who was just a wee little guy yesterday, has a job now with someone in our church where he is working 40 hours a week during the summer. He rides the bus to and from work, and he has his own cell phone so I can get a hold of him if needed. (Note: It's a "brick" phone with no web access - I don't recommend teens use any smart phones or social media for a number of reasons.) And, yes, he likes girls (or more specifically, a certain girl that at this point is just a close friend). I have a sneaking suspicion Solomon will want to do like us and our friend Pastor Jimenez, and get married young. My husband was only four years older than Solomon when I was pregnant with him!!

In just a few more months, which will seem like the blink of an eye, Isaac will turn 14 (the minimum age to work in our state), and you better know he is dying to get a job, too.

On and on the down the line, they are growing up in front of my eyes.



Then there is Miriam. As the oldest girl, she is mature beyond her 9 years. She absolutely loves, loves, loves holding the baby. She has been a big help ever since Stephen, and then Boaz, were babies. Now with Chloe, she is quite the expert at calming a fussy baby. For the longest time, she has been wanting to get her own sling for carrying the baby in. I finally bought her the same carrier as I use (K'Tan), but in a size XS. I cannot tell you how thrilled she is with it! All day long, she jumps on any opportunity to put Chloe in it. Since Chloe sleeps wonderfully as long as she is in human arms, having Miriam able to hold her for extended periods of time has really freed me up considerably.






You know what they say, "The days are long, but the years fly by." It's so true! There is the endless, endless cycle of meals, dishes, laundry, errands - jobs that are never done. It feels like treading water, but then I turn around and I'm sending my oldest off to work, and his younger siblings are all right behind him. Every stage has its charms and challenges, but they all pass too fast.

31 comments:

  1. So sweet! Can you imagine that you could be a grandma in less than 10 years...lol. I think that will be an interesting stage for us who don't take birth control: to still be in your childbearing years along with your oldest children =)

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  2. The photos of Miriam with Chloe are so precious. I have a friend who has 6 kids all very close in age and she always says that as amazing as it is having them close in age, her house is emptying too quickly!

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  3. Such a sweet precious family God has blessed you with. I always enjoy seeing your pictures.

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  4. I have a lump in my throat reading this! I have 7 children, my oldest being 11 and I am getting my first glimpses of the fact that I won't always have this family of little ones! Bittersweet for sure!

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  5. Beautiful family! I wish we hadn't listened to everyone that pushed waiting and birth control when we were first married. God has since blessed us with three and I'm very thankful! :-)

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  6. I love your reminders in your recent posts of how fast the mothering journey will pass. It seems endless, but it isn't! I've realized that lately as our eldest has turned ten, and I see how few are the years we have left with him in the house. It's going to be a blink of an eye before you guys have children grown and leaving the nest (ditto for us!), and your reminders are so helpful in teaching me to treasure these days - even when they're super-hard!!

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  7. "The days are long but the years are short". I often joke that I want this tatooed on my arm as a reminder when the daily grind becomes overwhelming. I'm about 10 years behind you in this parenting journey and I love reading your perspective!
    And as my own mother likes to remind me, parenting at home is just a season of life. Soon enough we'll be home alone with our husbands again like newlyweds, with 30+ more years ahead of us to serve Christ and his flock in other ways.

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  8. Thank you so much for posting this. I'm a mother to a 3 year old an almost 2 year old and an almost 1 year old. And I want you to know how much this particular blog has helped get through the daily grind. Thank you for helping me see that I should just enjoy these times as much as I can no matter how trying they can be. I just pray that the Lord gives me the wisdom and strength both mentaly and physically to be a great mother to a large healthy broud one day just like you. I really admire you as a woman and mother and I've never even meet you. God bless you and your family. Your blogs are so articulate you should write a book one day. I'm sure a lot of people (even the haters) would be interested. Have a great day and enjoy your wonderful family. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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  9. "Keep Calm and Play Dead"!!! Hahaha! You select the best shirts!

    (The commenter formerly known as Magwitch, here.)

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    1. Haha! Solomon bought that one himself at Bearizona last summer. I guess it runs in the family! ;)

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  10. I so love seeing photos of the children being children. I remember we had a Little Tykes coup car and all four of my kids would be on or in it. Two on the seat, one standing on the back and one sitting on the top...that is what the photo of the two on the horse reminded me of. The children grow too fast, and life continues on for sure. I am glad you are setting the example of what God established as priority as family was the first thing He established for us. Like you and your husband, my husband and I were married young and were blessed with four children in six years and then that was it. I am thankful we did not wait or that I placed the worldly life before this, as I would not have any children today.

    Your family is beautiful~thank you once again for a window to your sweet precious life!
    Jennifer

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  11. Miriam is so sweet!!

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  12. It looks like Miriam and Chloe have bonded. What sweet photos.

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  13. So lovely. You have much to look forward to Mrs Anderson.

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  14. It's never going to happen for me, but I wish I could have a loving husband and loving family like you. You're the most precious people on earth.

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    1. I do hope God will bless you in a very special way!

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  15. Indeed. ❤❤ I always look forward to reading your blog, so encouraging and always a great reminder to what is most important and truly our blessings. Thank you, Zsuzsanna.

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  16. I´m so glad to read about your family: I love children, but we don´t have children of our own. Every human child is truly a unique artwork - I pray for you every day. <3 Greetings from Finland! Have a nice summer! :)

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    1. Thank you for praying for us all the way from Finland!

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    2. Thank you for praying for us all the way from Finland!

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  17. Thank you everyone for your comments. Your kindness means so much to me! May God bless you abundantly.

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  18. Hi Zsuzsanna,
    The kids are adorable and so big!

    I had a question for if and when you might be doing a new Q&A. So you do not have to publish this comment under this post! :) Warning TMI

    What is a wife to do when her husband refuses to be intimate with her? I've prayed, discussed, he's heards sermons and scripture. He knows he is in error and says he will change but never does. At the begining of our marraige we would be intimate a handful of times a year but at this point it just nothing, I cant even remember the last time we kissed romantically. It's very very lonely and depressing for me. I feel defrauded of the many children he said he wanted before marriage. The end of my child bearing years are looming on the horizon. I'm running out of time and I hate to say it but my bitterness and anger is growing. We've discussed this and he says there is no medical issues. If I persue him I scare him off, I look the same as when we married. I just don't understand. He's a good man, he is my best friend, we have fun together and I love him dearly but I certainly do not feel like a wife.
    Sincerely
    Friendzoned :/

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    1. Could your husband be addicted to pornography ( it's common for men that have this addiction to act in such way) I hope everything works out in your marriage!

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    2. Hi Friendzoned,

      I am sorry to hear this. I will be answering your question in an upcoming blog post.

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  19. Hi ZSuzsanna! I was happy when my husband found ur blog. We listen to ur husbands preaching here from Texas. I wanted to ask u if u have tandum nursed? I know the old testament mentions weaning but I never could find a specific age. I am still breastfeeding my 1 1/2 yr old and will have a little one on the way in a few weeks. God Bless yall!

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  20. Hi szuzanna! I hope you're able to answer, but what do you do when your toddler refuses to eat ? My son has been giving us the hardest time and he cries when he's hungry but he still refuses to eat! What would you recommend?

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    1. He's 15 almost 16 months!

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    2. He's been doing okay with breakfast and lunch but he refuses dinner even when I know it's a food he normally loves!

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