Posts Tagged ‘growing pains’

I’m Letting Go, Really

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

I’m dead tired. Not a good dead tired either. My brain hurts, my body aches and my heart is all shredded into pieces.

So, how was your long weekend?


While most families were having a grand old time celebrating the long weekend, mine was all wonky with emotions. There were arguments, exhausting and messy packing, misunderstandings, biting comments and total disregard for what anyone else might be feeling.

That’s family, I guess.

I suppose my weekend was just another little lesson in letting go. I thought I had been doing a pretty good job of doing just that. Now, not so much.

Growing pains really are a pain.

nothing happens

This morning, I woke up with a little better perspective. My happiness depends on me. It’s not anyone else’s job to make me “feel” joy. It’s not fair for me to put that pressure on anyone around me. However, I can expect to be treated well.

I’ve asked myself some questions this morning. The kind that require SELF EXAMINATION. Ouch, to that…right?

* Were my expectations too high? Probably, but I only have limited time with all 3 of my kids. It’s normal to feel dissed when other activities take the place of time with each other.

* Am I being a toxic mom? Perhaps. Not every question or comment is laced with condemnation. I pray that God would reveal any manipulative word or guilt-filled comment from my mouth (if I speak them to my kids).

* Do I owe my kids anything? I am learning that I owe them respect and room to grow. I have boundaries but so do they. It’s important that those boundaries work both ways.

* Is my heart pure with my frustrations with my kids? I’m praying on this one.

* Do I need to back off? Yes.


Mama’s, no matter what age your kids may be….growing pains sneak in and cause havoc. We can either fight it like a madwoman or we can bow out gracefully and LET GO. I’m working on bowing out. Every. Day.


Can you see the heart? I found it this morning after I took this picture of my pink peonies by my porch. (Thank you Lord, Your love is everlasting!)

letting go

Birthday Girl

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Look at her. Isn’t she pretty?  This is the girl I call my baby.  She’s turning 17 today!


Time has no respect, does it?  It just keeps ticking away.  While I could go on some ‘how do they grow up so fast’ tangent….I won’t.  Everybody knows, time is fleeting and if I had to guess…it’s ramped up even more so when it comes to being a parent.  I remember thinking, wishing for my babies to hurry up to the next big thing.  Every little milestone just pushes us to want more…

And then….

You’re standing there looking up at your grown kids wondering how time flew by so fast.  Cherish those sleepless nights, savor those silly comments (write them down too), hold tight to those chubby little bodies.  Because this—–>

Doesn’t last long enough!


G A T E S !!

I love you so much and I’m very proud of the young woman you’ve become.